Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Stuffed and Roasted Artichoke


Beyond the artichoke and spinach dip!
 The leaves are (almost completely) as edible as the hearts.

Ingredients/Items needed:
Artichoke
Olive Oil
Breadcrumbs
Lemon Juice
Minced garlic
Red Pepper Flakes
Crushed Bay Leaves (2)
Minced Shallots
Aluminum Foil
Small roast pan or loaf pan
Preheat your oven to 425.
Prep your artichoke as follows:
 Cut off stems. (Pic is before)
 You also want to cut 1-1.5 inches off the top.
 See those evil little thorns????
Cut them off!
Cut below thorn 1/4 inch.
Be sure to get every leaf!
Rinse thoroughly and slightly pull leaves open.

Mix your stuffing as follows per artichoke:
1 cup bread crumbs
4-6 tbsp minced garlic
1 small shallot, minced
2 crushed bay leaves
dash of red pepper flakes
Stir together.
Add lemon juice a little at a time until stuffing is moist.

STUFF THAT ARTICHOKE!
Using a dessert spoon, gently pull back leaves and stuff away.
You can also carve a hole in the top to stuff.

Drizzle all over with olive oil and wrap securely in aluminum foil.
Stand upright in loaf pan or small roast pan.
Roast 1 hr 15 min.
Unwrap and let stand 5 minutes before serving.

So. 
Now that it is done.
How the heck do you eat it?
 Allow my daughter to demonstrate:
Pull leaf. They just slide out!
Place between teeth and "scrape" out flesh and filling.
You do that over and over until you see this ugly thing:
That my friends, is the ugly fuzzy choke.
Underneath it is the heart.
Oh, and those purple tips have thorns.
Simple scoop out the fuzziness and the heart is exposed.
Chop it up and enjoy!

And just how yummy are these?
I made 2 last night.
Only 1 actually made it to the table.
My husband and 9 year old (above) lovingly "tested" the first over and over and over again.

Happy Eating!
~Christine~

6 comments:

  1. I absolutely adore artichoke - It amazes me how many people have never tried it. This looks really good! Thanks for sharing at Fluster's Creative Muster Party!

    Robin
    Fluster Buster

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  2. I had a bad experience with those thorns...I love artichokes, I just haven't mastered the art of wrestling them yet. Yours look amazing!!
    Stopping by from Fluster Buster's, have a great week!!

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  3. OOOO this looks SOOO good.....I love my hubby makes me homemade artichoke/alfredo pizza for special occasions.....I am going to HAVE to try this recipe....I pinned it!

    stopping by to visit from Fluster’s Creative Muster Wednesday Linky Party
    Carolyn @ iamthecraftylady.com

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  4. I love artichokes! And this looks so good. Thanks for sharing the great recipe.

    Heidi’s Wanderings

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  5. Oh my gosh! This is how my grandmother used to make it! I haven't had it this way in so long, I plan to make it for my grandson so he can learn to love it too!

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  6. Artichokes are actually one of my favorite foods, and my 10 year old loves them. Definitely going to try these!

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