Artichoke with smoked bacon fat mayonnaise

Artichoke with smoked bacon fat mayonnaise

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Peter Cassidy

Sounds weird, but the dressing does work – lots of chefs are doing this sort of thing now, and some are even using the fat to distill and make drinks such as lamb fat vodka. Odd, I know.


Quantity Ingredient
4 globe artichokes
2 lemons, cut in half
sea salt
freshly ground black pepper
8 rashers of streaky smoked bacon, roughly chopped
2 egg yolks
1 teaspoon dijon mustard
400ml rapeseed oil


  1. Pull off the tough leaves from each artichoke and cut off the stalks and top of the leaves and discard. Rub each artichoke with the cut side of a lemon to stop them discolouring, then put straight into a bowl of water while you repeat with the other artichokes.
  2. Squeeze the juice from the lemons into a large saucepan, add a pinch of salt and the flour, then fill the pan with cold water. Add the artichokes, set on the heat and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes until tender when pierced with a knife. The flour will rise to the top of the pan and create a crust, keeping the artichokes from discolouring.
  3. While the artichokes cook, make the mayonnaise. Heat a frying pan until hot, then add the bacon and cook over a medium heat until the fat is rendered out and the bacon crispy. Tip into a bowl and allow to cool.
  4. Place the egg yolks and mustard in a food processor, and blend until pale and creamy. With the motor running, pour in the oil in a steady stream, until the mayonnaise is thick, then add the fat from the cooked bacon. Add the crispy bacon pieces, then pulse to combine and break down the bacon a little. Season with a tiny amount of salt and plenty of pepper.
  5. Remove the artichokes and drain upside down on kitchen paper. Allow to cool slightly, then serve with the bacon mayonnaise.
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