Stuffed Artichokes

Stuffed artichoke

This is the dish that our Grandmothers prepared for special occasions like Christmas and Thanksgiving. It was the anticipation of all our Grandmothers’ Stuffed Artichokes that made every occasion special.

Stuffed artichoke on an alligator serving plate near BBQ ribs

INGREDIENTS

4 medium artichokes
3 1/2 cups Italian bread crumbs
8-ounces parmesan cheese
6 tablespoons chopped garlic
1 1/2 cups olive oil
1 tablespoon lemon pepper seasoning
4 slices lemon
1 tube anchovy paste (optional)

Stuffed artichoke with lemon slice on top

INSTRUCTIONS

Cut the tops off the artichokes and trim the sticky part of the leaves. Rinse the cut bottoms to fit flat in a pot. In a large bowl, combine the bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, garlic and lemon pepper and mix together. Add the olive oil and stir. This makes the “stuffed” part. With a small spoon, fill each leaf with the stuffed mixture. Do NOT overstuff. Add a slice of lemon.

Place all 4 artichokes in a large flat bottom pot and add 1 inch of boiling water. Add 1 teapsoon salted to the water as it heats. Place a lid on top so the artichokes steam on medium heat. Check every 30 minutes. You may need to add about 1/2 an inch of hot water to keep the steam going. Cook until you can pull the leaves off easily.

OPTIONAL:
My mother-in-law makes Stuffed Artichokes with this recipe, but my grandmother always added one tube of anchovy paste. This brings a whole other flavor to the dish. Before adding olive oil, mix the tube of anchovy paste with the olive oil using a whisk. Then add the olive oil and anchovy paste mixture to the mixed dry ingredients. Everything else is the same.

A delicious ole time favorite!

Stuffed artichoke near BBQ ribs