Stuffed artichokes are actually quite easy to do once you’ve prepared the artichoke. The cutting of thorns and getting the choke out of the artichoke is the difficult part. Now you just have to stuff and cook it!
Artichokes can be eaten just steamed/boiled with butter and that is a fine way to eat it.
However, I decided to stuff my artichoke for a better dish to present to my dear and this is the stuffing I used:
- Breadcrumbs (stale from artisan bread – refrigerated)
- Grated Parmesan cheese
- Lemon zest
- Olive oil
- Lemon juice
You want the consistency of the stuffing to be slightly moist, so what I did was to pour the breadcrumbs into a bowl and then mix in the rest of the ingredients, slowly adding olive oil until it’s slightly moist.
If you’re wondering what lemon zest is, it’s the peel of the lemon that’s been grated. I know, I just found out too.
Stuff the inside of the artichoke with this prepared stuffing and also get the stuffing into the petals at the side so it’s even.
I also added some whole garlic into the petals coz I heard it undergoes a transformation that makes it delicious (it doesn’t).
Next, I prepared water that goes about 1/4 up the height of the artichoke and saturated it with basil leaves from our own herb garden.
I put the stuffed artichoke in the basil filled liquid (make sure it’s *standing up*) and squeezed one (1) whole lemon all around it before throwing in the lemons.
The pot is put on a slow boil with the lid on for about an hour. Mine was a fairly huge artichoke so it took me about 1 hour 15 minutes. You’ll know it’s ready when the petals are tender.
The eating of an artichoke is quite interesting and fun! I had this with my better half and we took turns peeling off the artichoke petals…
…and dabbing it in butter before squeezing the good stuff out with your teeth.
This is actually quite a fun way to eat! You have to grip the artichoke petal between your teeth with the fleshy end down (the part you peel from the artichoke) and pull it through your teeth!
I can see why they put artichokes in the aphrodisiac category! ;)