time together in the kitchen, and watching as we all remember why it is we love our family food.
My older sister turned 25 today (Happy Birthday! Again.) and wanted my pop-pop's(grandfather's) chicken soup, and stuffed artichokes.
This recipe I made with inspiration from when my family and I had the most wonderful stuffed artichokes at a tiny restaurant called Piccolo's (Ha...) Salty, tangy, savory, and lovely in everyway- I hope you make these for someone you love too.
You will need:
2 cups White wine
1 1/2 cups Bread-crumbs
1 1/2 cups Grated Parmesan cheese
6 Minced cloves of garlic
1 Bunch minced Parsley
1/2 cup Toasted pine nuts
6 (relatively thin) Pieces of cooked pancetta(omit if vegetarian)
1 4-ounce package of goat cheese
1/2 tsp. Crushed red pepper
1 Large bowl of water
3 tbs Butter
Salt and Pepper to taste
To start: Cut 1 of the lemons in half and squeeze the juice into the bowl of water, adding the lemon halves. Set aside.
Trim off the top and stem of the artichoke and cut the tops of the individual leaves to remove the prickly bit atop. Take a melon baller and scoop out the choke of the artichoke, or the tiny hairs that are directly in the middle of the vegetable. (You will remove inner leaves during this process and some purple thin leaves just before you get to the choke itself, but that's normal.) Rinse out the trimmed artichokes and place into the bowl of lemon water.
In a separate bowl, combine the bread crumbs, parmesan, garlic, parsley, toasted pine nuts, cooked pancetta, crumbled goat cheese, and red pepper flakes. Because of the parmesan and pancetta, you will probably not need to add salt to this, but you can adjust to your taste.
Drizzle in olive oil until this creates a paste that holds together well but is not overly mushy.
In a large pot with a lid, add the 2 cups of white wine and then the trimmed artichokes cut side up. Add enough of the lemon water they were sitting in to reach about 3/4 of the way up the artichokes. Salt the artichokes and bring to a boil with the lid on.
Cook these for about 30 minutes in a boil with the lid.
Remove them from the pot and stuff the inner part as well as the outer leaves with the reserved stuffing. Place them back into their cooking liquid to finish them off for about another 20 minutes with the lid on yet again.
When they're tender, turn off your stove and remove them to a broiler-safe baking dish. DO NOT DISCARD THE COOKING LIQUID. Sprinkle them with a small amount of parmesan cheese and place under the broiler to get crispy and just browned.
While they're browning, turn your attention to the cooking liquid which should be reduced drastically and extraordinarily tasty. Bring this to a simmer over medium heat and whisk in 3 tbs butter to finish the sauce.
Serve the artichokes hot with plenty of their sauce spooned over.
I hope you love these as much as my family does- and please share them with people who mean the most.
Happy Birthday sis! I love you!