The Best Way to Eat Artichokes

Artichoke and Goat Cheese Tarte Tatin

Artichoke Tarte Tatin by Francois de Melogue

Artichoke Tarte Tatin

A savory vegetable tart perfect for lunch.

For the Artichokes

  • 1/2 lemon slices
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 2 quarts water
  • pinch salt
  • pinch herbes de Provence
  • 4 large artichokes

For the tart

  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 onion sliced thinly
  • 1 fennel bulb sliced thinly
  • 1 sweet pepper sliced thinly
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 teaspoon of sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper
  • 12-inch circle of puff pastry
  • 3 ounces of fresh goat cheese
  • 1 cup of tapenade — see my recipe here
  1. Put the artichoke bottoms into the pot and bring to a rapid boil over medium-high heat. Lower to a simmer and cook until tender, about 20 minutes. You can check by inserting a paring knife into the base. It should go in easily. Drain the artichokes and refrigerate until cool.
  2. For the Tart, heat the oil in a Dutch oven until hot and cook the onions, fennel, and peppers until soft, about 5 to 8 minutes. And the garlic and continue to cook for 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Remove the vegetables from the pan and let cool. Everything can be prepared up to this point the day before.
  3. Preheat the oven to 400°F
  4. Line the bottom of a 12-inch skillet with a circle of oiled parchment paper. Slice each artichoke thinly, about 1/8th of an inch thick. Lay the artichoke slices in a concentric circle on the bottom of the skillet. Top with the vegetables and then pieces of cheese. Top with the dough, tucking the excess neatly around the artichokes.
  5. Bake on the bottom shelf of your oven for 20 minutes then move to the top shelf and continue baking until the crust is golden brown, about 15 to 20 minutes more. Flip the tarte over onto a serving plate, and serve immediately. I like to serve with tapenade on the side.

My earliest attempt at cookery began with the filleting of my sister's goldfish at age 2 and cooking my pet rabbits by age 7. Life has been downhill ever since.

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