Stuffed Artichoke Recipe is out of this world. Serve it for a scrumptious vegetarian first or main course. It’s great for sharing too, and is one of my favorite artichoke recipes ever!
All of us would order the greasy, herbed garlic rolls — all of us except for Aimée, that is. Why? Well, because Vittorio had one of the best artichoke recipes of all time on their menu — the garlicky-lemony, stuffed artichoke!
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How to Clean and Steam an Artichoke
In this recipe, the artichoke is cleaned, then steamed and stuffed. And the last step is to finish it in the oven.
To clean the artichoke:
1. Use a Chef’s knife to cut off about 1-inch from the top of each artichoke, and enough off of the bottom to form a nice base. Remove any especially tough outer leaves and discard them. Then use kitchen scissors to cut off the sharp tips of the leaves.
2. Pull the leaves away from the middle of the artichoke, so that you can see the choke. Now use a spoon to reach down and gently scrape away and discard all of the fuzz, to reveal the heart. (See above image.) This will take a bit of muscle. Drizzle lemon juice inside and over each one.
To steam the artichoke:
Place the artichokes, stem-end up, in the steamer basket, cover, and steam until they are almost as tender as you like them, about 15 minutes. (They’ll finish cooking in the oven.) Check for doneness by pulling off an outer leaf — it should come off fairly easily when it’s ready.
I think it’s really delicious — maybe the best stuffed artichoke ever, but Aimée will have to be the the judge as to whether or not it’s a good replica of the one she dreams about.
Using the Instant Pot or Pressure cooker to steam artichokes
Using the traditional method to steam artichokesLet me just whet your appetite . . .
- · 2 (approximately 1-pound) artichokes, washed and dried (Lyons if possible)
- · juice of 3 lemons, divided (about 1/2 cup)
- · 1/2 cup plus 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
- · 6 tablespoons shallots, finely chopped
- · 3 tablespoons garlic, minced
- · 1/3 cup dry white wine
- · 3 1/4 cups fresh breadcrumbs
- · 1/3 cup Italian parsley, washed and dried, finely chopped
- · 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, finely grated
- · sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
1. Fill a steamer pot with a few inches of water, and place a steamer basket on top. Cover the pot and bring the water to a boil. Turn the heat to low and let it simmer.
2. Use a Chef's knife to cut off about 1-inch from the top of each artichoke, and enough off of the bottom to form a nice base. Remove any especially tough outer leaves and discard them. Then use kitchen scissors to cut off the sharp tips of the leaves.
3. Using your hands, carefully pull the leaves away from the middle of the artichoke -- just enough so that you can see down to the choke. Now use a spoon to reach down and gently scrape away and discard all of the fuzz, to reveal a clean heart. (See above image.) This will take a bit of muscle, but must be done. Drizzle about 1 tablespoon of the lemon juice inside and over each one.
4. Place the artichokes, stem-end up, in the steamer basket, cover, and steam until they are almost as tender as you like them, about 15 minutes. (They'll finish cooking in the oven.) Check for doneness by pulling off an outer leaf — it should come off fairly easily. Set them aside to cool.
5. While the artichokes are steaming, preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
6. Melt the butter in a large sauté pan over low-medium heat. Let it simmer until it begins to brown, about 3 minutes. Add the shallots and garlic and cook until soft, about 3 minutes. Pour in about 1/3 cup of lemon juice and the wine. Stir and let this simmer on low heat for about 4 minutes. Add the bread crumbs and parsley, stir to blend and remove from the heat. Season to taste with salt and pepper (here's how), and set aside to cool.
7. Place the artichokes, sitting on their bases, in a baking dish.
8. Use a spoon and/or your hands to carefully fill the center of each artichoke with the stuffing -- fill it to maximum capacity! (If you think there's too much stuffing, don't worry just pack it in.) Then fill all of the spaces between the leaves as much as possible. Sprinkle the top of each one with 1 tablespoon of the Parmesan.
9. Place the stuffed artichokes in the preheated 375 degree F oven and bake until the breadcrumbs are golden and the cheese has melted, 15 to 20 minutes.
10. I like serving these whole for sharing.
Important Stuffed Artichoke Recipe Tips!
§ There will be a lot of stuffing, and it might seem like too much. It’s not! You want to fill the artichoke to maximum capacity. Not only in the center, but between each leaf.
A lot of people prefer to remove the choke after the artichoke is steamed. It’s definitely easier, but it could be tricky to keep the artichoke intact. Either way it’ll taste fabulous.
How to eat a whole stuffed artichoke
I’m hoping this becomes one of your favorite artichoke recipes of all time too!