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Italian Stuffed Artichokes with Lemon Mint and Parmesan

These Italian Stuffed Artichokes with Lemon, Mint, and Parmesan filling have perfectly tender hearts, stems, and sumptuous petals. Whether you love Artichokes or have never tried them before this is the perfect recipe for you. Follow the instructions below to learn How to Cook Artichokes Perfectly every time.
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 4 Artichokes
Calories 274kcal
Author Diana Reis

Ingredients

  • 4 Globe Artichokes
  • 3 Tablespoons Butter
  • ½ Cup Plain Bread Crumb
  • ½ Cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice Juice of ½ Lemon
  • 1 Teaspoon Fresh Mint
  • Salt For the water used to steam the Artichokes
  • 1 tablespoon Olive Oil For the water used to steam the Artichokes

Instructions

  • Start by cleaning the artichokes. Give them a good rinse, then trim the stem leaving about 2 inches.
  • Remove some of the small inedible petals around the outside and attached to the stem.
  • Peel the outside of the stem away to expose the tender insides. Finally, cut away the very top of the artichoke to expose the inner petals.
  • Place artichokes in a large pot with enough water to cover half of the artichoke. Then, add 3-4 tablespoons of salt, and a drizzle of olive oil to the water for seasoning.
  • Bring the water to a boil. Then, turn it down to a simmer and cover.
  • Steam the artichokes for 40-45 minutes.
  • Next, make the filling by melting 3 tablespoons of butter in a microwaves safe bowl. Add bread crumb, grated Parmesan cheese, lemon juice, and minced fresh mint to the butter and use a fork to stir together. You should have a mixture with a nice crumbly texture.
  • Remove cooked artichokes from the pot and pat away excess water.
  • Then, carefully cut the artichoke in half long ways exposing the heart and choke. The choke is the fuzzy hair like material right above the heart at the center of the artichoke.
  • Use a paring knife or a spoon and scrape the choke out completely. I also remove some of the smaller petals from the center as they tend to have rough tips and aren't pleasant to eat.
  • Lay the cooked and cleaned artichokes out on a lined sheet pan and gently pull the layers of petals and sprinkle the filling through the artichoke and fill the centers near the heart.
  • Once all of the artichokes have been stuffed, place them under a low broiler for 4 minutes or until the butter and cheese has browned.

Notes

  • To see if the artichoke is fully cooked, poke a paring knife gently into the base of the globe. If the knife goes in easily, then they are fully cooked to the center of the plant. 
  • Remove the fuzzy choke and the thin immature leaves at the center of the plant as well. There is little to no meat on those petals.
Where are Artichokes grown in the United States?
Fun fact! All of the artichokes grown in the United States are grown in sunny California. ⅔rds of the U.S. crop is grown in Monterey county. https://www.californiabountiful.com/features/article.aspx?arID=1027
How do I choose a good artichoke?
Make sure you choose a heavy globe with dark green leaves that are tight and well hydrated. If the outer leaves have started to dry out, the heart and leaves are likely tough and have lost flavor. 
When is artichoke season?
Artichokes are available year round in the United States, but prime season is spring to early summer. 
How do you eat artichokes?
Start with the outer petals. Pull off a petal one at a time and scrape the meats with your teeth to remove from the petal. Eat all of the larger petals this way. There will be some smaller petals at the center that don’t have any meat on them. Discard the small petals with the choke. The choke is the fuzzy stuff at the center of the globe. The dense pulp beneath the choke is the heart. This is the most substantial part of the plant and also the most delicious. You can and should eat the whole heart. The stems are edible as well if they are peeled and well cooked.

Nutrition

Calories: 274kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 34mg | Sodium: 485mg | Potassium: 522mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 388IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 222mg | Iron: 2mg