Artichokes “alla villanella” with potatoes – “Cacocciuli a viddanedda”

Name, Surname
Mariella Mocilla; 67, from Italy
Giusi Ministeri; 57, from Italy
Maria Randazzo; 58, from Italy
Barbara Randazzo; 42, from Italy

Personal story
The proposed recipe is in our collective memory. Simple and poor ingredients, flavored with wise solutions handed down from mother to daughter... It is a very cheap “anti-crisis” made simply with potatoes, artichokes, garlic, parsley and olive oil, in an irresistible combination of flavors and scents.

Difficulty Level
Difficulty Level I

How much does it take to prepare it? 20 min.
How much does it take to cook it? 30 min.

Cooking utensils What are the necessary tools for cooking the dish?
Saucepan, knife, cutting board, large pot or bowl.

People For how many people?
6 persons.

Ingredients List of ingredients with quantity
10 artichokes, 1 onion, 1 garlic, 1 kg potatoes, parsley, oil, salt, pepper, 3 glasses of water, 1 lemon.

Chop the artichokes in slices, remove the inner tassel and put them in a bowl with water and some lemon juice, to prevent them from blackening. Dry them and put in a saucepan with the potatoes chopped in small pieces; add garlic, minced onion and parsley, a spoon of oil, salt and pepper. Put on low heat covering the pot for about half an hour. Serve warm.

Practical tips and secrets Any secret to make the recipe tastier?
The only suggestion to flavor this recipe are: clean the artichokes well, add abundant aromas (onion, garlic and parsley).

Healthy tips Which health diseases can this dish help to combat?
The artichokes have a depurative action on the body, particularly for the liver. The potatoes, rich in potassium, provide mineral salts and help prevent water retention.

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