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The Veggies of Spring

I don’t know about you, but I am like a whole new person when the cold weather subsides and we start to see the first signs of spring. In the city, I know spring is on its way when I see the beloved fruit carts start to pop up around town. Gosh, how I missed those. More importantly, I need to move my focus onto the new seasonal foods and some spring menu ideas. With spring, comes some of my favorite vegetables – asparagus and  artichokes. When I was a kid, my Italian grandmother used to make stuffed artichokes and from a very early age I looked forward to artichoke time. And as a kid, any time you can eat food with your hands, that is a major bonus.

This recipe is pretty close to my grandmother’s. They are best served with a nice salad and a grandmother bellowing “Eat! Eat!” in the background. So go ahead, Eat!

Also note – dealing with artichokes is tricky so this video offers a great step-by-step instruction for us novice stuffed-artichoke makers. Click here.

For more ideas on spring vegetables, check out this month’s Bon Appetit.

Stuffed Artichokes

Ingredients

  • 6 whole artichokes
  • 3 slices Italian bread, cubed
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/8 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/4 cup grated Romano cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 5 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Snip the pointed tips of artichoke leaves, and cut off the stems. Wash and drain. Holding artichoke firmly by base, firmly rap the top of it on a hard surface; this will open it so it can be stuffed.
  2. In a medium bowl combine bread cubes, garlic, parsley, Romano cheese, oregano, 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, salt and pepper; mix well.
  3. Press about 1/2 cup of stuffing into each artichoke. Tightly pack stuffed artichokes together in a large heavy saucepan or Dutch oven. Add enough water to reach half way up artichokes and add 3 tablespoons oil.
  4. Bring to a boil over high heat; reduce heat to low and simmer, covered, for 1 hour, or until leaves pull out easily.

 

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  1. Erin #

    YUM!!! Love stuffed artichokes!

    P.S. I’ve missed those fruit carts, too.

    March 23, 2010

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