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Friday, June 14, 2013

CONCHUELAS WITH ARTICHOKES AND MEAT RECIPE FROM THE 13TH CENTURY





Removing Tough Leaves from Artichokes
Photo by: Lord-Williams
small shells or the tough leaves of artichokes. [Villena/Calero. 2002: 40b]

ARTICHOKES WITH MEAT ADAPTED FROM HUICI’S TRANSLATION OF ANÓN AL ANDALUS #281 HECHURA DL PLATO DE ALCACHOFAS CON CARNE, p 162

Ingredients

½ lb meat
salt to taste
2 tbsp murri
1 tbsp vinegar
1 tbsp oil
1 tsp caraway
1 tsp coriander seed
1 lb artichokes
1 lemon
2-3 eggs
1/2 c breadcrumbs

Garnish
Pepper

Artichokes and Meat Ready for Serving
Photo by: Lord-Williams
Preparation


Cut the meat into pieces for stewing. Fill a pot half full of water. Add the meat, salt, murri, vinegar, oil, pepper, caraway and coriander seed crushed.  Bring to a boil and reduce heat. Boil gently for 10-15 minutes until meat is teder.  Remove the meat reserving the broth.

Wash the artichokes. Cut off stems and crowns. Remove hard leaves.  When only light green leaves are showing, rub the surface with a slice of lemon.

Bring the broth to a boil, adding more water if necessary. When boiling add the artichokes. Reduce heat and gently boil for 35 minutes. When cooked quarter the artichokes.

Dice the meat into small pieces. Add the beef and the artichokes to the pot. The Anón Al-Andalus now instructs to cover the contents of the pot with two eggs and breadcrumbs.

What the Medieval Spanish Chef did:

PREHEAT OVEN TO 360ºF /190ºC

Pour the artichokes and meat with a little broth into and oven-proof dish. Sprinkle a very thin layer of breadcrumbs on top. Beat the eggs and pour over the breadcrumbs. Cook in the oven for 10 minutes or until the eggs solidified.  

Sprinkle pepper on it and serve, God willing.


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