Last Saturday, when four lovely artichokes found their way into my market basket, I had to call my Italian mamma , Miki Ciman for her wise advice and to get some tips on how the Italians prepare this vegetable delicacy. In her strong and unmistakable Italian accent she told me…” “Do not complicate ‘tha’ cooking of ‘tha’ artichoke, my darling. ‘Cooks’ it slowly and with ‘tha lôve’. ‘Maka ‘tha’ stuffing with ‘tha’ parmigiano, ‘tha’ parsley and ‘tha’ breadcrumbs. Pull ‘tha’ leaves carefully apart and stuff the breadcrumbs in between. Simmer in salty water and ‘tha’ olive oil. Serve with ‘tha’ lemons and your best olive oil. ‘Delizioso’!”
So here it is… stuffed artichokes … the real deal.
The best artichokes with a parmesan filling
150 g parmesan cheese
100 g white breadcrumbs ( + – four slices of white bread )
a large handful of parsley, finely chopped
30 ml olive oil
pinch of black pepper
750 ml water
5 ml salt
45 ml olive oil
fresh parsley , finely chopped
Cut the stem of the artichokes down to 2 cm in length. Place the artichokes in cold water for an hour. Cut the hardest leaves off at the bottom. Mix the parmesan cheese, bread crumbs, parsley, black pepper and olive oil. Divide the filling into four portions. Take each artichoke and pull the leaves gently apart. Press the filling everywhere between the leaves and in the middle of the artichokes. Place the stuffed artichokes in a pot with water, salt and olive oil . Put lid on and simmer slowly for 75 minutes. Fill the pot with more water if necessary. Serve with parsley, olive oil, fresh lemon juice and Maldon salt.