Braised Artichokes with Tomato & Fennel

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Braised Artichokes

An excellent side or vegetarian main course, in-season artichokes are simmered with onions, garlic, fennel seeds, tomatoes for a tender and flavorful dish that comes together in about 30 minutes.

Serves: 2
Difficulty: moderate
Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 20 min
Diet: GF, keto, vegan


4 whole artichokes
1 lemon, halved
¼ c extra virgin olive oil
¾ c yellow onions, chopped fine
1 T garlic, sliced very thin
½ t fennel seeds, crushed
1 c canned tomatoes, diced
pinch each salt and pepper


Snap off the dark outer leaves of the artichoke and peel the stem. With a sharp knife, cut off the top to within about 1” of the base. Remove any remaining dark leaves, so that only pale green leaves remain. Rub the peeled artichoke with a cut lemon to prevent discoloration. Cut the artichoke in half and scrape out the choke with a paring knife or melon baller. Place prepared artichokes in a bowl of lemon ice water while trimming remaining artichokes.

Heat the olive oil in a sauté pan, add onions and sauté until softened. Add garlic, fennel seeds, tomatoes, salt and pepper and bring to a simmer. Drain artichokes and add to the pan, arranging in a single layer; turn to coat each with the sauce. Cover, reduce heat to low and simmer 15-20 min, until tender but not mushy, turning two or three times to ensure they cook evenly. Add a little water, if needed. Adjust seasoning to taste, then arrange on a platter. Serve warm or at room temperature.