Tuesday, April 5, 2011

In a Quest of Stuffed Artichokes

The beautiful World of Food-Blogging has ignited a quest in me to explore and learn about new cuisines and cultures. It gives a wonderful opportunity to share our regional recipes on an international platform with others. Some of the bloggers are really inspiring with their excellent cooking, writing and photography style. Its so exciting to be an awesome Chef at home. I am so happy to recount the large number of dishes I have learnt from 'Each One of You'. My dashboard is daily full of exciting and delightful recipes, giving me a virtual feast right in the morning. Then I hop to the comments' to see the appreciating comments from all my lovely readers, making my day...!  In fact it was a pleasant surprise &  an honor to get comments from Chef Ritu Dalmia on my last post "Charlotte Tiramisu Cake". Ritu is arguably the best Italian Chef India has ever produced, she runs a very successful chain of Italian restaurants in New Delhi, most famous is  DIVA in GK-2, has her TV shows on NDTV and a book called "Italian Khaana" to her credit. Ritu Thanks again for inspiring & encouraging me !!!

This time  I was allured by the mighty artichoke. My husband calls it the "Law of Conscious Coincidences", to my surprise that day onwards,  every cook book I picked up had a feature on artichokes. Later last week while sharing my recipe at a blog hop, again came across some nice dips and soups with artichoke. Finally one evening an irresistible recipe was being featured on TLC & caught my eye. By none other than Buddy "The Kitchen Boss". Yes its true, "Cake Boss" now has a great cooking show that features excellent Italian Cuisine. Must admit living in Hoboken,  just a couple of blocks away from the famous "Carlos Bakery", we never thought one day we are gonna be so close to a tourist hotspot. Its amazing to see people line up for hours to get a bite of his pastries. (Not sure if I ever shared that last year husband got my b'day cake from THE Carlos Bakery).

OK, back to what we are going to do next. This was a call for me to go in the kitchen and give this "Stuffed Steamed Artichoke" a shot. Here I'm a sharing a recipe inspired by the the show, with a few variations.

Okie-dokie - My Atrichokie

Ingredients to prepare Seasoned Bread Crumbs: 
 Brown Bread : 5-6 slices
 Dry Oregano: 1/4 tsp
 Dry Basil: 1/4 tsp
 Dry Parsley: 1/4 tsp
 Salt/Pepper to taste

Method to make Crumbs:
Make a pile of bread slices and cut them into small chunks.
Spread the bread in a oven proof dish.
Microwave on medium power for 3-4 minutes, or until crunchy. Crumble the chunks to make fine powder.
In a bowl, mix the herbs, salt and bread crumbs. Blend all the ingredients well to make bread crumbs seasoned with Italian herbs.

Ingredients to make Artichoke:
Artichokes : 1 or 2 (as required, I made one)
Lemons: 2
Breadcrumbs: 1/2 cup, for stuffing
Pecorino cheese: 1/4 cup, grated
Red chili flakes: a dash
Black pepper: a dash
Olive oil: 2-3 tsp
Vegetable Stock: 1/2 cup
Grated Parmesan cheese : 3-4 tsp

First to prepare the artichoke, trim the stem off the bottom so artichoke can stand straight.
Place artichoke on its side and cut off the top inch or so to remove top thorns.

With scissors, cut and remove thorny tips from remaining leaves.
With a spoon, scoop out the choke from the center of the artichoke.
Cut one lemon in half and squeeze into a large bowl of cold water.
Toss in the squeezed artichokes to prevent discoloration while you make the stuffing.
As I wasn't very quick to do this, you can see some portions darkening fast.

                      The Green Bud Beauty

In a bowl, combine the seasoned breadcrumbs, pecorino cheese, chili flakes, pepper, zest from remaining lemon and olive oil. Adjust the salt to taste.

Drain artichokes & set in the bowl of crumbs and opening one leaf at a time, push about a teaspoonful of crumbing in each.
Fill cavity with crumbs, or alternately, pat crumbs over top.
Set the artichokes in a large pot fitted with a tight lid.
Pour vegetable stock in approximately 1/3 up the sides of the artichokes. ( I made some vegetable stock  by boiling 2 diced tomato, 1 onion, some peas with fresh parsley and 1/2 tsp salt ).

Bring stock to a boil, cover pot, and reduce heat to a low simmer.
Cook in the pot for 30-35 minutes until a center leaf pulls out with ease and flesh is tender.
Remove artichoke from pot, garnish with more grated Parmesan cheese.
Voila, warm artichoke is ready to be savored.

As I did not prepare any dip, I took the juicy vegetable syrup from our pot in to a little bowl & Soft artichoke hearts are ready to get dipped in & enjoyed ......

At last I got the recipe going, full of  fiber and nutrients in the Green Buds & the best part is that it is steamed and healthy. My family enjoyed yummy stuffed Artichokes and hope you like it too...!!!

Sharing the Stuffed Artichoke at Lets Do Brunch; Hearth and Soul Hop; Simple Lives Thursday


Torviewtoronto said...

best way to eat artichoke lovely pictures
I also enjoy artichoke pickle can't wait for the season

yummychunklet said...

Ooh! How fun! This looks like a fun recipe, especially from your photos.

Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets said...

Oh yummy! Just thinking about learning how to cook whole artichokes after trying my friend's stuffed ones.

Sonia said...

Thx Girls, for liking the recipe !!!

sweetlife said...

I can imagine the crowds at Buddy's..congrats on getting a comment form Chef Ritu Dalmia, Artichokes are a family fav, thank you for sharing!!


Reshmi Mahesh said...

Very different and yummy looking recipe...

the foodie said...

Artichokes are looking so inviting...gorgeous pictures.

Shobha said...

Looks so nice...I have never tried out any recipe with artichoke.

Sneha Benny said...

I have never tried anything with artichoke. Will try this out.

notyet100 said...

mmm too good,..

Priya said...

Wat a best way to enjoy this wonderful veggie..Stunning clicks..

Deepa Praveen said...

very nice dish and divine clicks..love it

Kitchen Belleicious said...

Stuffed artichokes is my husband favorite thing in the world. In fact, I had never had one until we started dating and his aunt made a huge platter of them for a party. She is a new orleans cook and dang good at it! Love you version and your pictures always amaze me! I am in awe of them in fact! Sounds wonderful and congrats to the comment from Chef Rito! Awesome!

SuzyEats said...

wow!!! what a great recipe :-) thanks for sharing. you are so creative.

Sonia said...

Thanks to all my lovely readers for loving the Artichoke!

Krithi's Kitchen said...

Great recipe and awesome clicks...

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Katerina said...

This stuffing of the artichokes looks mouthwatering! This is a great way to enjoy this beautiful vegetable!

LeQuan said...

Wow! Beautiful presentation and a lovely recipe. Artichokes are one of my favorite childhood foods. My Grandma used to make Chinese soup with them all the time. This is a very different, but delicious looking recipe.

Barbara @ Modern Comfort Food said...

Fresh artichokes and I are old friends now, but oh I could have used your excellent, detailed tutorial on preparing them when I cooked my first. I felt rather as though I was attacking a porcupine!

I've got stuck on serving artichokes with a zingy aioli sauce lately, and have never tried the stuffed version. Your recipe looks wonderful, though, and I really must give it a whirl!

Krishan said...

nice presentation,very nice dish

and stunning photography

Panchpakwan said...

Delicious artichoke recipe and stunning pics..

Mini Baker said...

Just found your blog... can't wait to look around. these artichokes look DELISH!
Mini Baker

chefpriyanka said...

ohhh this looks so yummy! I love stuffed artichoke- they're really popular here (Staten island, NYC haha).. and this version looks great!!

Raksha said...

U have a wondefull blog.

1st time visitor following u :)


Preety said...

i still have to try this wonderful veggie..this looks amazing

Elyse @The Cultural Dish said...

I love stuffed artichokes! I always make them for easter! Beautiful post/photos!

Delishhh said...

Looks amazing. I love artichokes and do not eat them enough :)

Kankana said...

you have no idea how many times I must have seen Artichoke recipes in food network and how many times I have almost bought them.. but it never happened. You convinced me gurl. Have to try these beautiful thorny vegi..will let ya know when i finally try them :)

Soma said...

I could really invite myself over for this and I am not kidding. My Love artichokes and none in my home shares my passion, so I don't get around making artichokes just for myself that often. Looks so delicious!!

Parsley Sage said...

Looks amazing! The photos are stunning and the recipe looks incredible. Thanks so much for sharing!

Only Fish Recipes said...

nice clicks dear...these stuffed artichokes looks awesome !

Pam said...

What a fantastic recipe - it looks wonderful.

Michele@FitFoodista said...

Absolutely lovely - both the dish and the photography. These sound positively delicious.

Thanks for linking to the Hearth and Soul Hop!

Sonia said...

Thanks a ton to YOU all.... !!!!!

Pacheco Patty said...

I really like your healthy and delicious version of a stuffed artichoke, it is a wonderful meal all in itself;-)

Hind said...

Amazing recipe!!!Presentation eye catching......Clicks Wonderful.Congrats for comments from renowned chef.

Joanne said...

My mom used to make stuffed artichokes like this all the time when I was a kid. I haven't had them in a while but they look delicious here!

kitchenarian said...

These look so delicious. I love artichokes. Can't wait to try it. Your pictures are wonderful.

Raksha said...

Thanks for visiting my space and leaving wonderful comment. :)

~~louise~~ said...

Stuffed artichokes are highly under rated. You have elevated them to the tier of elegance they truly deserve.

My sister makes a "mean" stuffed artichoke. Don't tell her I oogled yours:)

Thank you so much for sharing...

Kiran @ KiranTarun.com said...

Sheesh! I've never tried artichokes before. And now, I want too! That looks so delicious :)

Sandra said...

This is so unique..beautiful photos are fantastic recipe..thanks so much for sharing!!!

Paula said...

what an awesome blog! I can`t wait to see your future posts! :)

have a great time,

jodie said...

Great recipes Featured a link to one of your recipes on my site. Here it is:

Claudia said...

Just splendid - I cannot get enough of artichokes. You prepared them similar to the Roman way. Now I cannot wait for them to appear.

Sonia said...

Thanks to all my Dear Readers n Followers.... !!!

Suman Singh said...

Beautiful and delicious..what else I can say?? Wish I could grab that and eat..mmm...truly yummy...great pics too!

Juliana said...

Oh! I never had stuffed artichoke...it sure looks delicious, and great pictures as well :-)

Megan said...

I love artichokes. These look amazing. Thanks for sharing!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

What a beautiful recipe! Those flavors are fabulous.



Jess said...

I became an instant follower of your website upon seeing this posting. Your recipe looks absolutely stunning. I will be going to the Farmer's Market tomorrow and picking some artichokes up. So excited!! Thanks :)

kaveri said...

Looks very tempting...1st time to your space...you have a wonderful collection of recipes and lovely clicks..Glad to follow you

Sonia said...

Thank you Dear Friends. I'm so glad that you all liked it...Cheers, MCF !!!

Roz from 'la bella vita' said...

I could eat artichokes constantly, even in my sleep. What a wonderful step-by-step tutorial for preparing this recipe. It's a keeper in my files! Thanks for sharing and now happily following your great blog!

April @ The 21st Century Housewife said...

I got two artichokes in my organic vegetable box and although I love them, I wasn't sure how to prepare them. Thank you for your wonderful post - it has helped me so much, and your recipe sounds delicious! Thank you for linking this to Let's Do Brunch - it was perfect timing! The linky is up again for this week so I do hope you will come along and join in again.

Roz from 'la bella vita' said...

Thanks so much for sharing this post last week on Fresh Clean and Pure Friday/Seasonal Saturday. I selected it to be featured today as one of the featured blog posts that were submitted! I hope that you stop by and link up another one of your great posts. I really, really love your blog!

Martha (MM) said...

I definitely have to make these! YUMMY!!!

Ainsley said...

wow, looks amazing!

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