I brought home a couple of really nice artichokes, today. I am a big fan of artichokes. They were a special treat back when I was a kid. Mom would always steam them and we’d have mayonnaise to dip the leaves in. No fancy aoili or anything – just plain ol’ Best Foods.
Victor asked me what I had planned for them and I casually said that I hadn’t thought of it. He asked if I wanted them stuffed, and I immediately said YES!! He then looked at me and said I was just played, wasn’t I?!? I smiled and replied, Yep!
I really was hoping he’d stuff them – and having him think it was his idea was perfect.
- bread crumbs
- garlic powder
- crushed red pepper flakes
- Italian seasoning
- parmesan cheese
Mix crumbs with seasonings and cheese. Trim tops of artichokes.
Pull leaves apart and stuff the artichokes with the breading mixture.
Place in a deep pot and drizzle with olive oil. Add a cup of chicken stock (or veg stock or water) to pot, cover, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until they’re soft – about 45 minutes, depending upon size.
Baste now and again with the broth, adding more, as necessary.
They really were perfect! I grilled a couple of hamburger steaks – I mixed the leftover bread crumbs into the meat because – why not?!?
Boiled potatoes, smashed and fried, completed the plate.
A simple meal that filled us without bloating us – which is good. There’s Cherry Crumb Pie for dessert!