Monday, July 25, 2011

Stuffed Artichokes

I tried these this last weekend and we all loved them. I know artichokes are an acquired taste but these are good.
4 Lg artichokes          1 cup grated cheese ( I used cheddar)      2 cloves garlic minced    Salt & Pepper to taste
2 cups bread crumbs     6 tbsp. Olive Oil       1 tsp Parsley      1 tbsp. Chopped Oregano

Wash artichokes under cold running water, cut off the stem and remove the tough outer leaves. From the top cut off about 1/4 of the artichoke. Spread the leaves apart with your fingers. Take a spoon and scoop out the fuzzy flower center. In a bowl, mix the cheese, garlic, bread crumbs, olive oil, parsley, oregano, salt & Pepper. Stuff the mixture between the leaves and fill the center of each artichoke. Place them upright in a baking dish, pour enough water in the dish to cover the artichokes half way. Cover with a lid or aluminum foil, place in a preheated oven at 350 degrees for approximately 30-35 min. or until tender ( mine were larger so they took about 1 hour) Remove the artichokes from the water and let them cool some before serving.

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