Artichokes with Saffron and Almonds

These artichokes are sauteed with figs, saffron, and Marcona almonds. Serve this at a tapas party or as a side dish, it's a perfect Spring recipe sure to be a crowd pleaser! Garnish the finished dish with sliced olives and a few saffron strands.

Yield

8 servings

Ingredients

1 cup dried figs
1 cup boiling water
1/4 teaspoon saffron threads
1/2 cup olive oil
4 pounds baby artichokes, halved and chokes removed
1 teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste
1/2 cup Spanish Marcona almonds
1/4 cup white wine vinegar
1 teaspoon paprika

Directions

Place figs in a bowl and cover with the boiling water. Allow the figs to plump for 5 minutes, then remove. Sprinkle 1/4 teaspoon of saffron threads into the remaining liquid, and allow to steep for 5 minutes.

Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add artichokes, and toss until coated with oil. Pour in saffron water and salt. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until the artichokes are tender, about 8 minutes.

Uncover the artichokes and increase heat to medium-high. Add the figs, almonds, vinegar, and paprika. Cook and stir until all of the liquid has evaporated. Remove from the heat, recover, and allow to stand for 5 minutes before serving.

Estimated Time

Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes

Nutritional Information

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 283; Total Fat: 18.6 g; Cholesterol: 0 mg; Sodium: 299 mg; Total Carbs: 29 g (Dietary Fiber: 12 g); Protein: 5.3 g

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