Artichokes alla Romana

Artichokes alla Romana
Servings: 4 
Prep time: 30 mins; cooking time: 90 mins
Calories/serving: 140 calories,
 4g fat (1g Sat, 2g Mono)
20g carb, 6g protein

 

 

 

 

 

Ingredients

  • 2 cups fresh breadcrumbs, preferably whole wheat (whole meal)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 large artichokes
  • 2 lemons, halved
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh flat-leaf (Italian) parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup plus 2 to 4 tablespoons vegetable stock
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1 tablespoon minced shallot
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh oregano

 

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 F. In a bowl, combine the breadcrumbs and olive oil and coat. Place the crumbs in a baking pan and bake about 8-10 minutes.
  2. Working with 1 artichoke at a time, trim the stem flush with the base. Cut off the top third of the leaves and any remaining thorns. Rub the cut edges with a lemon half and separate the inner leaves while pulingl out the small leaves from the center. Using a spoon, scoop out the fuzzy choke, then squeeze some lemon juice into the cavity. Prepare the remaining artichokes in the same manner.
  3. Toss the breadcrumbs with the Parmesan, garlic, parsley, and pepper. Add the 2 to 4 tablespoons stock.
  4. Using 2/3 of the stuffing, mound it slightly in the center of the artichokes. Then, starting at the bottom, spread the leaves open and spoon a rounded teaspoon of stuffing near the base of each leaf. 
  5. In a Dutch oven with a tightfitting lid, combine the 1 cup stock, wine, shallot and oregano. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low. Arrange the artichokes, stem end down, in the liquid in a single layer. Cover and simmer until the outer leaves are tender, about 45 minutes (add water if necessary). Transfer the artichokes to a rack and let cool slightly. Cut each artichoke into quarters and serve warm.

 

 

 

Posted Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014 by Michael Gonzales in Recipes, Appetizers, Side Dish