“A simple pan-fry that explores the sweet, surprising marriage of artichokes and black pudding.”
300g of Black Pudding
500g Jerusalem artichokes
3 Tbsp Olive Oil
6 Sprigs of Thyme
1 large Leek A handful of Flatleaf Parsley
Sea Salt and freshly ground Black Pepper, for seasoning
Scrub the artichokes well with a vegetable brush, making sure to get the soil from every ridge and crevice. Cut them into rounds no more than a centimetre thick.
Warm the olive oil and butter in a shallow pan over a moderate heat, tip in the artichokes and let them cook for 8-10 minutes. Pull the thyme leaves from their stems and add to the artichokes. As each artichoke slice becomes pale gold on the underside, turn it over with kitchen tongs or a palette knife and let the other side colour.
Wash and slice the leek into rounds, about the thickness of a pound coin. Lift the artichokes out on to a plate. Tip the leeks into the pan and let them cook, with the occasional stir, so they become translucent, but do not brown. When the leeks are cooked, return the artichokes to the pan.
Cut the black pudding into 2cm-thick slices then add to the artichokes and leeks, crumbling into large pieces as you go. Pull the parsley leaves from their stems then add them to the pan. Season to taste.
To Serve: Plate up when all the ingredients are sizzling hot and cooked through.