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Ricette Italiane (Italian Recipes)

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Carciofi Ripieni (Stuffed Artichokes)

Recipe from: evelyn/athens
Servings: 2 or 3

6 medium artichokes
juice and zest of 1 lemon
2 cups breadcrumbs, dry or soft, as you prefer
¾ cup grated aged pecorino cheese
½ cup chopped flat-leaf Italian parsley
3 medium garlic cloves, very finely chopped
extra virgin olive oil

Remove as many as the outer leaves of the artichokes as look tough, bruised or split. Don't worry about taking off too many; there are plenty under there. Trim the stem, but not too far, and create a flat bottom for the artichokes. Cut off about ½ inch of the tops with a sharp blade. Rinse each artichoke under water, and place in a large bowl of water into which you have squeezed half the lemon. This acidulated water will keep them from turning brown on their cut edges. I drain these upside down on a clean dish cloth as I prepare the filling. Put all the rest of the ingredients, except the olive oil, in a bowl and mix well. Now, hold each trimmed artichoke over the bowl, and spread the leaves with the fingers of one hand, while filling the gaps with a teaspoon and the bread crumb mixture. The goal is to get as much of the filling distributed evenly as one can.

Place all the filled artichokes in a baking dish, and liberally pour olive oil to taste over each one. I think that nearly a tablespoon for each is about the right amount. Pour a scant cup of water, or even water and white wine, into the baking dish. Cut the remaining piece of lemon up, and tuck around the artichokes. Cover securely with foil, and bake at 350°F for about 1½ hours. The leaves should pull out easily when they are done.

These should be cooled a bit before serving. Enjoy.

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