Cinder-baked artichokes with lemon, bay & prosciutto

Baked Artichokes  with Lemon, Bay and Prosciutto

Serves 4

  • 4 artichokes

  • olive oil

  • sea salt

  • freshly ground black pepper

  • ½ lemon, cut into small wedges

  • 4 slices quality prosciutto

  • 4 bay leaves

  • 1 handful of fresh mint, leaves picked and roughly chopped

Slice off the top 2cm of the head of the artichoke, then peel the stem with a knife or speed peeler. Tear off the tough outer leaves until you get to the softer inner green ones. Open them out, then use a teaspoon to scrape out the furry chokes and discard. If you're doing this ahead, put the artichokes in a bowl of water with a little lemon juice to stop them discolouring.



Drizzle the inside of each artichoke with olive oil and season well. Stuff each one with a small lemon wedge, a rolled-up slice of prosciutto and a bay leaf.



Wet 4 sheets of baking paper, then scrunch up and wrap 1 around each artichoke. Now tightly wrap each one in foil and place directly on the edge of the hot coals for about an hour, turning, until tender. If you have a gas barbie, put them at the back where the heat's not so intense and cook for 1 hour.



Serve unwrapped and broken up with a generous lug of oil and scattered with mint.

Nutritional Information

Cinder-baked artichokes with lemon, bay & prosciutto

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Slice off the top 2cm of the head of the artichoke, then peel the stem with a knife or speed peeler. Tear off the tough outer leaves until you get to the softer inner green ones. Open them out, then use a teaspoon to scrape out the furry chokes and discard. If you're doing this ahead, put the artichokes in a bowl of water with a little lemon juice to stop them discolouring.

Drizzle the inside of each artichoke with olive oil and season well. Stuff each one with a small lemon wedge, a rolled-up slice of prosciutto and a bay leaf.

Wet 4 sheets of baking paper, then scrunch up and wrap 1 around each artichoke. Now tightly wrap each one in foil and place directly on the edge of the hot coals for about an hour, turning, until tender. If you have a gas barbie, put them at the back where the heat's not so intense and cook for 1 hour.

Serve unwrapped and broken up with a generous lug of oil and scattered with mint.

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Nutritional Information Amount per serving:

Calories

Calories are just a unit of energy. If you eat more than you use you can gain weight, or lose it if you don't eat enough. How much you need depends on your weight, gender and how active you are, but it's around 2,000 a day.

Carbs

Carbs are a great source of energy and, excluding foods such as potatoes, are made from grains - like bread, pasta and cereal. We all need carbs, but try to make them all wholegrain by sticking to brown bread, rice and pasta - they are much more nutritious.

Sugar

We all deserve a treat sometimes, but try to limit your sugar intake. Most of your sugar should come from raw fruit and milk, because they give us lots of nutrients too. Always check food labels so you know how much sugar you're eating.

Fat

We all need to eat a small amount of fat because it protects our organs and helps us grow. But we need to be careful about how much fat we eat and what kinds of fat, because in higher levels it's associated with weight gain, diabetes, cancer and heart disease.

Saturates

Saturated or "bad fats" are in beef, pork, chicken skin, butter, cream and cheese. Too much can be bad for our heart and cholesterol levels, but unsaturated or "good fats" in fish, nuts, avocados and some oils can help keep our hearts healthy if eaten in moderation.

Protein

Protein helps our muscles to grow and repair, as well as providing you with essential amino acids. When it comes to protein, try to eat leaner sources such as chicken and fish or non-meat sources such as eggs, dairy, beans, nuts, seeds, tofu and pulses.
  • Calories 197
    10%
  • Carbs 6.1g
    2%
  • Sugar 2.9g 3%
  • Fat 11.9g 17%
  • Saturates 2.4g 12%
  • Protein 10.1g 22%
Of an adult's reference intake

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  • 4 artichokes

  • olive oil

  • sea salt

  • freshly ground black pepper

  • ½ lemon, cut into small wedges

  • 4 slices quality prosciutto

  • 4 bay leaves

  • 1 handful of fresh mint, leaves picked and roughly chopped