- 18 small purple artichokes, cleaned and halved, soaked in lemon water to prevent discoloring
- 1 cup small julienne yellow onions
- 2 tablespoons minced shallots
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 2 medium red peppers, julienned
- 2 cups chopped tomatoes, peeled and seeded
- 1 tablespoon Herbs de Provence, recipe follows
- 2 cups white wine
- Salt and pepper
In a saute pan, heat the olive oil. Add the onions and shallots. Saute for 1 minute. Add the garlic and peppers and saute for 2 minutes or until the peppers begin to soften. Add the tomatoes and saute for 3 minutes. Add the white wine, herbs, artichokes. Bring the liquid up to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and simmer for 40 minutes, or until the artichokes are tender. Season with salt and pepper. On a platter, spoon the ragout. Place the grilled fish on the ragout. Place small piles of the ragout around the platter. Garnish with fresh rosemary sprigs and Essence.
Herbs de Provence:
- 2 tablespoons dried savory
- 2 tablespoons dried rosemary
- 2 tablespoons dried thyme
- 2 tablespoons dried oregano
- 2 tablespoons dried basil
- 2 tablespoons dried marjoram
- 2 tablespoons dried fennel seed
In a small mixing bowl, combine all the ingredients. Store in an air-tight container.
Yield: 1 cup
Essence (Emeril's Creole Seasoning):
- 2 1/2 tablespoons paprika
- 2 tablespoons salt
- 2 tablespoons garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon black pepper
- 1 tablespoon onion powder
- 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
- 1 tablespoon dried leaf oregano
- 1 tablespoon dried thyme
Combine all ingredients thoroughly and store in an airtight jar or container.
Yield: about 2/3 cup
Recipe from "New New Orleans Cooking", by Emeril Lagasse and Jessie Tirsch. Published by William and Morrow, 1993.