Artichokes are beloved all over Italy and there’s many ways of preparing them. In this recipe you’ll learn how to utilize simple ingredients to add modern flare to this veggie side dish.
The popularity of artichokes in the United States is nowhere near Italy. Italians celebrate artichokes all throughout the country and have a variety of different ways to utilize them whether it be fresh, baked, spread on toast or added to another meat entrée. In this recipe you’ll be baking artichokes in a simple way that will make you fall in love with this tough yet sweet veggie.
INGREDIENTS (For a Party of 4)
4 whole artichokes
2 cloves of garlic
1/4 cup of parsley
1/4 cup panko bread crumbs
1 tbsp grated parmesan
1 tsp of extra virgin olive oil
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Grab a medium sized pot, fill it with water and place on a high heat until it boils. Add artichokes to the boil for 20 minutes. The goal here is to soften them up before baking.
Next, finely chop your parsley and garlic together. This will allow them to soak in each other’s flavor. Take your bread crumbs and add them to a small bowl. Add the parsley, garlic, parmesan, and olive oil. Mix all ingredients together thoroughly.
Once your artichokes have been boiled for 20 minutes, remove them from the pot and let them cool before attempting the next step.
Open up the artichokes slightly by using both hands to press on the outside toward the middle. Or use a fork to slightly open up the leaves of the artichoke. You want to be able to see the leaves open up slightly so that you can perform the next step.
Stuff the artichoke with the mixture from before. You can use a spoon to shovel into the creases of the leaves, or sprinkle with your fingers. You’ll want this to be even throughout the artichoke.
Add your artichokes to a baking pan greased with oil and add more olive oil on top of the artichokes. Bake for 25 minutes.
Let me know how your artichokes taste in the comments!