Stuffed Artichokes alla Siciliana
Stuffed Artichokes alla Siciliana... this dish makes an excellent appetizer for all special occasions.
For 4 Person(s)
For the Artichokes:
- 4 medium sized artichokes
- 1 cup plain bread crumbs
- 1/2 cup grated pecorino cheese
- 1/2 cup Parmigiano cheese shavings
- 1/2 cup toasted chopped almonds
- 3 cloves finely chopped garlic
- fresh parsley
- extra virgin olive oil
- salt & pepper
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- Clean the artichokes by removing the harder outer leaves and cutting the stem and the top part of the leaves as they may have thorns.
- Put the artichokes in a bowl full of water and lemon juice so that they don't tarnish.
- In a saute` pan put the bread crumbs and two Tbsp of EV olive oil. Saute` until the bread crumbs are lightly golden. Immediately put them in a cold bowl so that they don't burn.
- Add to the bread crumbs the finely chopped parsley, the garlic, salt & pepper as desired, the grated cheese and some olive oil.
- Mix the ingredients very well until the oil is evenly absorbed.
- Take each artichoke, open the leaves as much as you can and insert among the leaves the bread crumb mixture and some shaving of the Parmigiano cheese. Ad a drizzle of EV olive oil over each artichoke.
- Place the artichokes in an oven pan and add 1 1/2 inches of water. Cover the pan.
- Place the pan on the stove and cook for 20-25 mins. depending on the size of the artichokes.
- Finish off by putting the pan in the oven for 15 more mins. at 400 F.
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