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Roman Jewish Special Recipe: Artichokes Soup

Artichokes are so versatile to use. You can grill it, fry it (a favorite) or you can make it into soup. This recipe uses artichokes with lemon for a soup that is full of flavor. It makes a good side dish, or can be enjoyed as a meal in itself.

What you need

  • Butter, 2 oz.
  • Lemon, halved, 1 pc.
  • Garlic, minced, 1 clove
  • Carrots, minced, 4 oz.
  • Onion, minced, 4 oz.
  • Celery minced 4 oz.
  • Artichoke hearts, chopped, 16 oz.
  • Chicken broth, 24 oz.
  • Salt, 1 tsp.
  • Black pepper, ground, 1 tsp.

Preparation

  1. In a saucepan, melt butter over medium heat;
  2. When melted, add in the onion, carrot, celery and garlic;
  3. Cook until the onion and garlic seem translucent;
  4. Pour in the chicken broth and the artichoke hearts;
  5. Season with salt and pepper and let it simmer for 10 minutes;
  6. Cool it for a bit, then transfer to a b...
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Roman Jewish Special Recipe: Fried Artichokes

It’s crispy in the outside and melt-in-your mouth creamy in the inside. That is how deep-fried artichokes should taste. The Roman Jewish recipe has perfected it.

Fried Artichokes: Yummy History

The Jews lived a hard, confined life between the 16th to the 19th centuries, staying in the ghetto in Rome. Meat was hard to come by so their diets were mostly fruits, vegetables and some fish. In the midst of this history, the carciofi alla giudia was created. These are the deep-fried artichokes that have become strongly associated with Roman Jews.

The Right Artichokes

Not all artichokes are created equal; some are more favored than others especially when preparing fried artichokes. Here is a list of preferred ones, in preferential order:

  1. This variety is widely-used in Rome...
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