Saturday, July 9, 2011

Stuffed Artichokes

This is such an easy, tasty appetizer or dinner for one person that is for the most part pretty healthy.  I used to make these all the time about 5 years ago and then realized a few weeks ago I hadn't made them in years!  I've had friends in the past that would steam the artichokes and them dip them in melted butter which seems a bit greasy to me now.

There's no technique to my recipe at all and very hard to mess up. (only if you're not paying attention)

Okie dokie artichokies...let's get started!

Servings: 2
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour

*2 Large artichokes (Trader Joe's sells them cheap when in stock)
*1 1/2 Cups grated romano cheese (has to be this kind, others melt away into water)
*1/2 Cup finely chopped red onion
*1/2 Cup minced garlic
*Salt & Pepper
*Olive Oil
*Water (I'll explain below)

First off, you need to trim and clean the artichokes.  Most artichokes come with little prickles on the end of each leaf.  Cut them all off with scissors.  The artichokes I get at TJ's don't have prickles so it saves some time.

Next, open up the artichoke by spreading the leaves apart.  You need to stretch it out to make room for all the goodness.  All the ingredients above is split into two.  So take half of the garlic, onion, and cheese for 1 artichoke.  Start off with the garlic and stuff down to the bottom of the leaf.  Then do a round with the onion, and end with stuffing the cheese until you can't get anything else in.

Get a large pot and fill with about 1.5 inches of water.  Put the artichokes in the center.  Season with salt and pepper on top.  Drizzle a little olive oil on top of that (about 2 Tablespoons total) and you're done!  Cover and turn burner on to about medium high.  Cook for 1 hour.  WARNING:  You have to check the pot about every 15 minutes or so because the water will boil away.  Make sure the bottom of the pot always has water in it or your artichokes with burn.

Remove from pot and enjoy!  (Send me a message if you need tips on how to eat :-)

HEALTHIER ALTERNATIVE (for my health nut friends)
Steam the artichokes without all the stuffings.  Just the artichoke, salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Cook for an hour just like the above.

Low Fat Dip (thank you Ariel!)
*1 Cup low fat greek yogurt
*1/3 Cup light mayo
*2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
*1 Tablespoon, minced garlic
(taste as you go along, you may find you want more garlic or lemon juice)