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GARLIC PARMESAN STUFFED ARTICHOKES

GARLIC PARMESAN STUFFED ARTICHOKES

These Garlic Parmesan Stuffed Artichokes are an impressive, savory, garlicky, and cheesy side dish that is sure to impress your family and friends.  Serve it with the easy Garlic Aioli Sauce (recipe below) or drawn butter.

A baked Garlic Parmesan Stuffed Artichokes with Italian bread crumbs. Parmesan cheese, lemon zest, garlic, and Italian seasoning.  It is a delicious and beautiful side dish.

Artichokes are one of those intimidating vegetables. They are big, prickly, with a fuzzy inside called a choke.  Nothing called choke could be good.

But with a few simple techniques, this delicious and elegant veggie is no longer intimidating.  You’ll find yourself making artichokes in a variety of ways.

HOW TO CHOOSE ARTICHOKES

  • Choose bright green or purple artichokes that are heavy in weight.  If the artichokes feel light, it means that they have lost a lot of moisture and might be old.
  • Give the artichoke a good squeeze. It should squeak.  Typically, your kids will love this part of the shopping process.
  • Choose artichokes with petals that are tightly closed.  If they are starting to splay open, it means the vegetable is old.  Pass it by.
  • Artichokes are in season in the spring and the fall.  Be sure to enjoy them when they are in season!

WHAT IS IN THIS RECIPE FOR GARLIC PARMESAN STUFFED ARTICHOKES?

An easy answer would be that this recipe has a ton of flavor!

  • Artichokes, obviously.
  • Lemons – both to soak the artichokes to keep their color and another lemon for flavor when we bake them.
  • Italian bread crumbs
  • Parmesan cheese. Get good quality cheese and not that stuff in the green plastic jar.  
  • Garlic, because isn’t everything better with garlic?  We’ll use the garlic in both the stuffing and the baking liquid.
  • Italian seasoning
  • Lemon zest
  • Salt and pepper
  • Olive oil, more lemons, bay leaves, and white wine to bake and infuse luscious flavor into the artichokes.

If you have the time, energy, and it appeals, the Garlic Aioli is an easy and yummy dipping sauce.  Drawn butter, which is just melted butter, is also lovely for dipping.

A baked Garlic Parmesan Stuffed Artichokes with Italian bread crumbs. Parmesan cheese, lemon zest, garlic, and Italian seasoning.  It is a delicious and beautiful side dish.

I like to serve this dish with simple entrees like a Classic Chicken Piccata or Chicken Vesuvio.  I also enjoy making this dish as the entree and serving Goat Cheese Caprese Bruschetta and a Fennel And Orange Salad for a great vegetarian meal.

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A baked Garlic Parmesan Stuffed Artichokes with Italian bread crumbs. Parmesan cheese, lemon zest, garlic, and Italian seasoning. It is a delicious and beautiful side dish.

GARLIC PARMESAN STUFFED ARTICHOKES


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These Garlic Parmesan Stuffed Artichokes are an impressive, savory, garlicky, and cheesy side dish that is sure to impress your family and friends.  Serve it with the easy Garlic Aioli Sauce (recipe below) or drawn butter.


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Ingredients

For the artichokes

  • 2 large lemons, thinly sliced and divided
  • 6 whole artichokes
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 2 cups Italian bread crumbs
  • ¾ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 6 garlic cloves, finely minced
  • ¼ cup finely minced fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon finely minced fresh lemon zest
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 whole garlic cloves, gently crushed
  • 2 bay leaves
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 1 cup dry white wine 

For the garlic aioli sauce:

  • 5 garlic cloves, very finely minced
  • 2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • ¼ teaspoon of sea salt
  • ½ cup good quality mayonnaise (I like Hellmann’s)
  • ¼ teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon white pepper

Instructions

In a large non-reactive pot or very large mixing bowl, place all but 6 of the lemon slices and artichokes.  Fill with cold water and allow them to soak for at least 30 minutes.

Drain the artichokes in a colander.  Use a very sharp knife to cut off the stems from the bottom so that the artichoke will stand up flat.

Slice at least a ¼-inch in a straight line across the top of each artichoke with a knife.  Then, with Kitchen shears, clip just the tips off of all the leaves on the remainder of the artichoke.

Open the leaves of the artichokes by pushing the stem side firmly onto your countertop.  Set aside.

In a large bowl, stir together the breadcrumbs, cheese, garlic, parsley, Italian Seasoning, lemon zest, salt, and pepper. Set aside.

To stuff the artichokes, use your fingers to gently pull and pry open the center leaves of the artichoke.  Pull out the inner yellow leaves and discard them.

Use a teaspoon to scrape and scoop out all of the fuzzy inner ‘choke’.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Stuff the filling into the artichokes, pushing the filling down into and between the artichoke leaves until they are well packed, with a generous amount in the center.

To bake the artichokes, pour the wine into the bottom of a Dutch oven.  Add the remaining 6 slices of lemon, the bay leaves, and garlic cloves to the bottom of the pot.

Nestle the artichokes, sitting upright into the Dutch oven.  Ensure that they will rest and nestle, upright, against each other.  If necessary, place crumpled foil around the artichokes to hold them upright.

Drizzle with ½ cup of olive oil.

Cover the pot tightly with the lid and bake in the preheated oven for 1 hour or until you can easily remove one of the outer petals.  Keep in mind that depending on the size of the artichokes you are using, the cooking time could vary from 50 minutes to 1 ½ hours.  I used medium artichokes for this recipe.

Remove the cover from the pot and turn the oven onto broil.

Broil for 1-2 minutes just until the top crumb filling begins to turn golden.

Remove the artichokes from the Dutch oven with a wire spider and serve hot with garlic aioli, if desired.

For the Aioli:

In a small bowl, mash the garlic, salt, and lemon juice together with the back of a metal spoon until the garlic is smooth.  Whisk in the mayonnaise, mustard, and white pepper until fully combined.  Serve alongside the artichokes, if desired.


  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: Italian

Keywords: garlic parmesan stuffed artichokes, side dish, side dish recipes, artichoke recipes, Italian side dish, stuffed vegetables

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