Baked artichokes with crispy stuffing (tuscan)

Yield: 4 Servings

Measure Ingredient
8 mediums Artichokes
1 \N Lemon; cut in half
6 tablespoons Extra-virgin olive oil
1 cup Dry white wine
3 \N Sprigs fresh parsley; stems removed
2 tablespoons Unsalted butter
½ pounds Potatoes; such as Eastern or Yukon Gold, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
1 teaspoon Fresh rosemary leaves
1 tablespoon Chopped fresh parsley
4 tablespoons Freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
4 tablespoons Plain bread crumbs
\N \N Salt and pepper; to taste

1. Remove the tough outer leaves of the artichokes and, using scissors, cut the spines from the remaining leaves. Remove the stems, cutting at such an angle that the artichoke can stand up. Rub cut edges with lemon.

2. Place the artichokes in a pot large enough to hold them in one layer.

Drizzle 2 tablespoons of the oil over the top and pour in the wine as well as enough water to reach a depth of ½ inch. Add the sprigs of parsley, season with salt and pepper, cover, and cook over medium heat for 30-40 minutes or until the artichokes seem tender when pierced with a fork.

3. Meanwhile, place 2 tablespoons of oil in a skillet along with the butter. When hot, add the potatoes and cook over medium heat, stirring frequently until the potatoes are golden brown on all sides. Sprinkle with the rosemary, season with salt and pepper, and toss to coat.

4. When the artichokes are done, remove them with tongs and discard the liquid. Using a teaspoon or a paring knife, excavate the choke so that the centers are hollow and ready for stuffing.

5. Heat the broiler. Fill the artichokes with the potatoes and place in a baking pan. Combine the parsley, cheese, and bread crumbs and sprinkle over the potatoes with a generous dusting of black pepper. Drizzle the remaining oil over the top and broiler until the tops are lightly browned.

SERVES 4 after 90 mins and moderate difficulty. If half the oil is consumed: mc-PER SERVING 42% cff: 402cals; 19g fat VARIATION. If you can find garlic mustard, add 5 tablespoons, chopped, to the cooked potatoes in Step 3.

MAKE AHEAD: The potatoes can be fried 1 day in advance and refrigerated.

>"Carciofi Stufati con Ripieno Croccante," From SOLO VERDURA, by Anne Bianchi (Ecco, 1997). >Edited by Pat Hanneman 3/98 Notes: If you too have grown bored with the usual stuffing for artichokes, try this elaboration: potato-stuffed artichokes with gratinated topping. - ~pat

Recipe by: SOLO VERDURA, by Anne Bianchi Posted to MC-Recipe Digest by KitPATh <phannema@...> on Mar 26, 1998

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