Roman-Style Artichokes

Roman-Style Artichokes (Carciofi alla Romana)

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Roman-Style Artichokes became our new obsession. The simplicity of the ingredients and how they dance together in perfect tune with your palate makes you realize that yes: Less is more!

In this recipe, we tell you about the artichoke’s beauty with a traditional dish from Lazio, the “Carciofi alla Romana” (Roman Style artichokes).

Sign of Nonna Betta restaurant at the Roman Ghetto

Whether you are from Rome or not, serving “Carciofi alla Romana” will always be a success!

The Origins of the Roman Artichokes

Artichokes are thought to be a domesticated version of the cardoon and have their root in Southern Italy.

At some point, a local artichoke variety was developed in the coastal area near Rome. This cultivar is known as the carciofo romanesco (Roman artichoke), in recognition of its origins.

The romanesco artichoke is rounder than other cultivars and is a little bigger than a tennis ball. The outer leaves are softer than those of the green ones meaning that most of the artichoke can be eaten with little thrown away. This has led to them being cooked and eaten whole.

The Right Ingredients for Roman-Style Artichokes

Nothing is left to chance in preparing this fragrant and straightforward side dish:

Choose the right variety of artichoke (the violet one AKA Romanesco artichoke). This variety is distinguished from the others by its rounder shape its thornless leaves.

Picking fresh parsley and mint (or even better: mentuccia), and using the right amount of garlic to flavor the inside.

Roman-Style Artichokes ingredients
Roman-Style Artichokes

Roman-Style Artichokes left over oil is great enjoy it eating with plain bread or using it as a simple delicious sauce for your next pasta.

Roman-Style Artichokes

Roman-Style Artichokes (Carciofi alla Romana)

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The simplicity of the ingredients and how they dance together in perfect tune in your palate makes you realize that yes! Less is more!
4.84 from 6 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Appetizer, Sides
Cuisine Italian, Mediterranean, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 326 kcal

Equipment

  • Small Saucepan

Ingredients
 
 

  • 4 artichokes purple roman artichokes are better but others work as well
  • 1 cup mint a bunch, preferably mentuccia romana the traditional roman variety
  • 1 cup parsley a bunch
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil good fragrant one
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon salt adjust at the end
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper

Instructions
 

  • To prepare the Roman-style artichokes, start by cutting the lemon in half, filling a rather large bowl with water, and squeezing in the half lemon.
  • Cut off the end of the stem and the tip of your artichoke.
  • With your hands, spread the artichoke, use a small knife or a corer, and cut out the central part to eliminate the inner white beard.
  • Peel the stem and round off the end using a sharp knife. Taking off the center hair-like inside that can pinch.
  • Place the artichokes inside the lemon water.
  • Cover with absorbent paper to keep the artichokes soaked in water and prevent them from flipping.
  • Prepare the filling, chopping the mint and parsley coarsely.
  • Roll the leaves and cut them with a knife without chopping them too much.
  • Mince the garlic and mix it with the parsley and mint, along with a pinch of salt and pepper.
  • Drain the artichokes, shake them slightly to remove the excess water, and then use the mix to stuff them.
  • Rub them with salt and pepper on the cutting board.
  • Transfer the artichokes upside down into a small-medium pan, keeping them fairly close together.
  • Pour in the oil followed by the water so that the artichokes are covered up to the stem’s top.
  • Cover with a lid and cook for about 30 minutes over low heat.
  • You can serve your Carciofi alla Romana (Roman-style artichokes) warm.

Video

Notes

Keep the oil left to sweep up with bread or other preparations such as simple pasta with garlicky olive oil.

Nutrition

Calories: 326kcalCarbohydrates: 20gProtein: 6gFat: 28gSaturated Fat: 4gSodium: 1881mgPotassium: 685mgFiber: 9gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 1772IUVitamin C: 53mgCalcium: 124mgIron: 4mg
Keyword artichokes, traditional
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Nutrition Facts
Roman-Style Artichokes (Carciofi alla Romana)
Amount per Serving
Calories
326
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
28
g
43
%
Saturated Fat
 
4
g
25
%
Sodium
 
1881
mg
82
%
Potassium
 
685
mg
20
%
Carbohydrates
 
20
g
7
%
Fiber
 
9
g
38
%
Sugar
 
2
g
2
%
Protein
 
6
g
12
%
Vitamin A
 
1772
IU
35
%
Vitamin C
 
53
mg
64
%
Calcium
 
124
mg
12
%
Iron
 
4
mg
22
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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2 thoughts on “Roman-Style Artichokes (Carciofi alla Romana)

  1. Fantastic recipe. I LOVE artichokes and these were the best. I wish I can one day try this with the authentic ingredients but I made them with regular artichokes and it was still fantastic.

    1. Thank you Lacey! I love that you enjoyed the recipe! I am very flattered. Also great to know that the regular artichokes worked out well!

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