There is nothing more delicious and special than a stuffed artichoke. My parents made these as a special treat for us growing up. Sometimes cooked in the oven, sometimes on the stovetop. This yummy spiral journey begins by eating each leaf, packed with yummy breadcrumbs and a bit of artichoke. You must scrape the leaf between your teeth. Like climbing down a flight of stairs anticipating the last step, you come to the heart. Ahhhh. Joy. Be sure to remove all the fuzzy hairy fibers or “choke” that sit atop, protecting the jewel of this glorious vegetable.
Here is what I think is the best and “foolproof” way of making an artichoke.
First wash the artichoke. Pull off the outer tough leaves, and then with a scissor trim each leaf so the tips are blunt. Next, with a very sharp knife cut off the top third of the artichoke. I leave the “choke” intact, i don’t mess with it. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil, drop carciofe in the water and let cook for about 8-10 minutes. Remove from water, drain excess water. Stuff them with breadcrumb mixture.
2 cups breadcrumb, 1/2 cup olive oil, 8 cloves garlic finely chopped, 1/2 cup grated pecorino, bunch of flat leaf parsley chopped, handful of basil leaves chopped, black pepper, 1/2 cup chicken stock
Stir mixture together stuff carciofe (artichoke) and drizzle each one with olive oil. Roast in oven at 350 for about 45 minutes to one hour. Cover with foil for first 30 minutes. You will know when artichoke is done if leaf pulls away with ease.