Italian Stuffed Artichokes Recipe

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Each artichoke will be a full and complete meal in itself. It's not necessary to serve with any thing else.

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Italian Stuffed Artichokes Recipe:

Recipe Type: Artichokes, Bacon, Cheese, Bread Crumbs
Yields: 6 servings
Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 30 min


1 pound lean sliced bacon
5 cups coarsely-chopped bread crumbs*
1 1/2 cups grated Parmesan Cheese (Parmigiano-Reggiano)
1 1/2 cups grated Peccorino Romano cheese
1 cup chopped green onions
1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley leaves
5 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon salt or to taste.
1 tablespoon freshly-ground black pepper
1 tablespoon red (cayenne) pepper
6 large artichokes
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
6 slices lemon

* Learn how to Make Homemade Bread Crumbs.


In a large frying pan over medium-high heat, fry the bacon until crisp; drain. Crumble into a large bowl and add bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, Romano cheese, green onions, parsley, garlic, salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper; toss to combine.

Cut about 3/4-inch off the tops of each artichoke. With your scissors, snip off the pointed ends of each artichoke leaf. Rub a lemon on the cut ends to prevent browning. Slice off the stem end of each artichoke so that they sit up straight. Spread the leaves of each artichoke as much as possible, and pack in a generous amount of bread stuffing around each artichoke. Tap each artichoke gently to let any loose stuffing fall off. Stand them in a casserole or roasting pan just large enough to hold them in a single layer. Add water to a depth of 1 1/2 inches.

trimmed artichoke

Wash under cold, running water. Pull off lower petals and cut off stem.


trimmed artichoke

Cut off about 1/2 inch of the pointed top of the artichoke. Trim tips of leaves with scissors to remove thorns. Dip in lemon juice to preserve color.

Pour a generous amount of olive oil over each artichoke, letting it seep in. Top each artichoke with a slice of lemon. Bring the water to a boil, cover, reduce heat to let and steam the artichokes approximately 1 hour (depending on size of artichokes) or until the leaves pull off easily. Test for doneness by pulling out a leaf and tasting for tenderness. Check the water level after about 25 minutes, and add more if necessary.

Serve hot or at room temperature. The stuffed artichokes can be prepared in advance and reheated before serving. Any leftover stuffing keeps for 2 weeks in the refrigerator and longer in the freezer.

Option: Sprinkle grated Parmagiano Reggiano cheese over the top and place briefly under a broiler until cheese melts and begins to brown.

Makes 6 servings.


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