This is a simple and delicious French way of preparing cardoons.
Trim the cardoons and cut into 2-inch lengths. Blanch in boiling water acidulated with the lemon juice for 10 minutes, then drain thoroughly.
In a large pan, heat the olive oil and fry the cardoons gently for 5 minutes. Add the olives and truffle, and stir for 1 minute. Sprinkle the flour over this and stir to mix evenly. Stir in the wine and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add a little more wine if it threatens to stick. The cardoons should be coated in the sauce.
Season, and spoon into a gratin dish. Scatter the grated cheese over and place under a preheated hot broiler until brown and bubbling. Serve immediately.
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