My dream is to one day move out of suburbia and back into the country. I would like to have a few acres of land for the kids to run around on freely, I would like some chickens, maybe a goat, a clothes line to hang out laundry and a nice, big garden. And in this garden I will grow whatever I manage to not kill first. But what I really, really want to grow is artichokes. Lots of them.
I would like to grow so many artichokes that I am forced to put them in everything. Dips, gratins, casseroles, maybe even artichoke ice cream. I love artichokes.
Here’s the funny thing. I had never even heard of an artichoke until I met my husband and he made them for dinner one night while we were still dating. I’ll never forget it. We were sitting in our cozy little apartment and he plopped this strange looking thing in front of me with a bowl of butter and I had no idea what it was. He showed me how to pull off the leaves and eat them, and he even trimmed up the heart for me. It was an eye opening experience. I couldn’t believe that I had been robbed of eating artichokes for 20 years of my life. I have been playing catch up ever since.
Now artichokes are not cheap. Well, maybe they are in California, but not here in Georgia. So this is a splurge for us. But splurges are okay every now and then as long as you don’t go crazy. I’m sure everyone has a favorite dish they like to splurge on on occasion.
What’s your favorite splurge?
4 artichokes ( or 1 per person)
3/4 cup ricotta cheese
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup fresh breadcrumbs
1/2 cup grated Parmesan
1/4 cup chopped parsley
1 T olive oil
2 T butter
2 T lemon juice
salt and pepper
Mix together bread crumbs, garlic, cheese, parsley, and salt and pepper.
Stir into ricotta until well combined.
Wash and trim your artichokes by slicing off the stem and the tops and removing as much of the choke as you can with a spoon..
After trimming, place in a bowl of water and lemon juice to keep them from browning.
Then, stuff as much of the filling as you can in between the petals and in the center.
Drizzle with oil and steam in a large pot with a steamer basket for 30 -45 minutes, or until a knife goes through the center with little resistance. Place in a baking sheet, drizzle melted butter over the tops and place under a broiler for 5 minutes. Serve and enjoy!
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