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Stuffed Artichokes

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Ingredients
  Artichokes 6
  Lemon 1
  Onion 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs), finely diced
  Chopped garlic 4 Clove (20 gm)
  Chopped flat leaf parsley 1 Bunch (100 gm)
  Italian flavored bread crumbs 2 Cup (32 tbs)
  Grated parmesan cheese 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Italian sausage 1⁄2 Pound
  Olive oil 83⁄100 Cup (13.28 tbs) (Cup + 1/3 Cup More For Drizzling)
  Salt To Taste
  Pepper To Taste
Directions

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Cut the stems off all artichokes. Cut off the upper third with a sharp serrated knife; trim tips off of all other leaves with your kitchen scissors. Rub all cut surfaces of artichoke with a wedge of lemon.

Place the artichokes in the boiling water and simmer, covered, about 20 minutes (tip: I place a glass pie plate on top of the artichokes to keep them secure while cooking). Test them by pulling off a leaf, should come-off easily…. Also – a knife into the bottom should pierce easily. Remove from pan and drain upside down on a cooling rack placed atop a kitchen towel.

Cook sausage for 4 minutes, add onions and cook until softened, another 4-5 minutes.

Add garlic, cook for one more minute.

Remove from the heat and stir in bread crumbs, parsley, parmesan cheese and ½ cup of the olive oil. Mix and add salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.

When the artichokes are cool, open from the top to reveal the inner-choke. Scrape out the choke with a spoon; careful not to damage the heart… which sits just beneath the choke. Carefully open-up artichoke by gently pulling leaves back (without tearing them off).

Put a generous scoop of sausage stuffing into each opening (also tuck some in between the leaves).

Place artichokes in a baking dish and generously drizzle the tops with remaining 1/3 cup olive oil.

Pour 1 cup of water into the dish and place into a pre-heated 400 degree oven.

Bake artichokes until they are nicely browned – about 15 minutes. (tip: I usually will broil for one minute at the end… to ensure nicely browned tops)

Optional: a vinaigrette dressing makes for a splendid dip… what’s your flavor?!!
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Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Medium
Cuisine: 
American
Course: 
Side Dish
Dish: 
Stuffing
Ingredient: 
Artichoke
Interest: 
Healthy
Preparation Time: 
10 Minutes
Cook Time: 
35 Minutes
Ready In: 
0 Minutes
Servings: 
4
If you are looking at easting healthy vegetable dishes, try this Stuffed Artichoke Leaves recipe. Artichokes are fiber and nutrient-rich and also low in calories. Moreover, this dish is very simple to prepare and uses a fabulous stuffing of freshly cut vegetables and bread crumbs. Try this healthy and flavourful dish!

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