A surprisingly delicious dish that would be a great addition to any meal. The slight sweet and musky flavor of the vanilla plays well against the roasted potatoes and silky artichokes. A little lightly smoked gruyère cheese and alleppo pepper round out the dish.
Preheat oven to 400F. Place potatoes in a large skillet with vanilla bean pods and teaspoon salt with just enough water to cover. Bring water to a boil and simmer until water has evaporated off. Add 1 tbsp olive oil and brown potatoes.
Meanwhile, in a baking dish, place artichoke bottoms, vanilla bean "seeds", gruyère cheese, and 1 tbsp olive oil. Bake for 30 minutes. Add potatoes to oven as well if they are not done.
After 30 minutes, remove from oven and season to taste. Plate with remaining olive oil and garnish with alleppo pepper.