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HELLO SPRING! It has been sunny and *somewhat* warm here in Seattle this week with a forecast of 70 by Friday. YAHOO! It’s really starting to feel like spring is here and I am ready. I’m ready for maxi skirts and sunshine, flowers and chirping birds. Perhaps I am most ready for light and scrumptious spring recipes. Recipes for things like these Greek Stuffed Artichokes.
While at the grocery store the other day I was struck with some inspiration when I saw some GORGEOUS artichokes. Sure I could roast them or grill them but I wanted to try something I hadn’t before. Enter these Greek Stuffed Artichokes. They are loaded with tomatoes, garlic, capers, feta, parsley, oregano, olive oil, bread crumbs and kalamata olives.
Confession time: I’ve wanted to make stuffed artichokes for a long time but I’ve been intimidated. I don’t get intimidated by much in the kitchen but stuffed artichokes.
As are oysters, but I’ll save those for another time.
But guys, stuffed artichokes aren’t nearly as hard to make as I thought they would be.
First, you’ve got to prep them. This is the most intimidating part. But it’s actually pretty easy. All you need to do is cut off the top inch of the artichoke, clip the pointy leaves and dunk the whole thing in lemon water before you steam it. Here’s a tutorial incase you need a visual. After you’ve prepped and steamed the artichoke, then you stuff it. It’s easier to stuff the artichoke after it’s been steamed. After you steam the artichoke, the center leaves and fuzzy choke will be easier to remove. Once steamed, fill the center of the artichoke and some of the outer leaves with stuffing, bake for 15 minutes and BOOM! A delectable, not to mention pretty, Greek Stuffed Artichoke.
Now that I’m a bit more comfortable with the whole stuffed artichoke thing, I can’t wait to try a whole host of other fillings. And now that I can cross “stuffed artichokes” off my list of intimidating kitchen things, maybe I’ll give oysters a whirl.
Fill a large bowl with water and 2 - 3 tablespoons lemon juice. Set aside.
Prep the artichokes by cutting off the top inch of the artichoke as well as the stem so the artichoke sits flat. Use kitchen shears to trim the pointed tops off the remaining artichoke leaves. Immediately dunk the artichokes in the lemon juice to help them from browning.
Fill a large pot with 1 inch of water. Place artichokes in the pot. You want them to fit snuggly. Bring water to boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and cover. Cook artichokes for 45 minutes.
While artichokes are cooking, combine tomatoes, garlic, bread crumbs, feta cheese, kalamata olives, parsley, capers and 2 tablespoons olive oil together in a bowl. Mix well.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Remove artichokes from water. When they are cool enough to touch scoop out the inner leaves and fuzzy choke.
Fill each artichoke center with 1/2 - 3/4 cup of the stuffing. Gently part other leaves and stuff with stuffing. Drizzle lightly with olive oil.
Place stuffed artichokes in a baking dish. Bake in preheated oven for 15 - 20 minutes or until stuffing has browned. If you want even more of a golden filling turn the broiler on for 1 minute. Remove from oven. Serve immediately.
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