Artichoke Heart with Cod Brandade and White Sauce

Hola!!

I love this recipe. Its’ my grandma’s, of course. I haven’t met a person that doesn’t like it. Its simple to make but it does take a while to peel the leaves off, since you are just using the heart of the artichoke. But trust me, it’s worth it. Artichoke heart with Cod Brandade and White Sauce.

I made this yesterday while my grandma was on the phone with me all the way from Spain. We were talking on Skype and talking about food when we decided that I should cook something with her. It was like we were there together. My grandma is a super sweet person. She is coming to the states this summer, I can’t wait, yay! I suppose I will have to cook something with her. Maybe paella!

Ingredients for 4 people:

  • 2 lbs artichokes (3 small artichokes per person)

For the Cod Brandade:

  • 1/2 lb cod fillet
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 whipping cream (you can use half and half or whole milk)
  • salt and pepper

For the White Sauce:

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • pinch nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons flour

Let’s clean the artichokes: 

Cut off and discard the stem end of the artichoke. Peel the leaves off until you see the heart of the artichoke. Dig in and scrape off the fuzzy choke and cut it in half. (It’s inedible and hairy, not very pleasant to eat.)

Boil the hearts of the artichokes for a few minutes, until tender. Set it aside.

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For the Cod Brandade: 

Slice the cod into pieces and add it to a boiling pot for about 4 minutes. Remove and add the cod to a food processor. Add a little bit of milk and a little bit of olive oil. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Blend until smooth.

For the White Sauce: 

Add 1 tablespoon of butter to a medium pan and place on low heat.  The bottom of the pan should be entirely coated with butter. Once it’s melted, add 2 tablespoons of all purpose flour.  Stir constantly until the flour is brown. Add 3/4 cup of milk and stir until everything has been incorporated. If it looks too thick, stir in a little bit of milk.

Preheat the oven to 390F.

Pour the white sauce into a baking dish. Add the cod brandade on top of the artichoke hearts. Place these on top of the white sauce.

Cook for 10 minutes in the oven.

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Bon profit!

9 thoughts on “Artichoke Heart with Cod Brandade and White Sauce

    • Ivette says:

      Thank you. Its something very popular in Spain, my grandma makes it almost every week or every 2 weeks. Definitely something different to try 🙂

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