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Stuffed Artichokes

 

Stuffed Artichoke

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Growing up, whenever there was a special occasion this dish was in high demand. I can remember she would always ask what it was that we would like her to make. Stuffed Artichokes was one of those dishes.

I believe that Italians utilize as much of a vegetable as they can. If you know anything about artichokes, much of it is either trimmed or cut. Preparing the artichokes using this method prevents that waste. Let me explain. I find that many home cooks tend to be intimidated by this strange thistle. But I’m here to fix that if I can.

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As you can see I trimmed the stalks down quite a bit and threw them in as well. They are eatable also. To keep the artichokes submerged in the boiling water, place a plate on top like this.

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Take the cooled artichoke and remove the center. This is where the thistle is located and is not editable. Start by pulling the leaves apart gently until the center of the artichoke is exposed, take a tablespoon and dig out the thistle. It looks like a circular hairy piece also known as the choke. Repeat this process for the remaining artichokes.

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You can see here above how the center is now hollowed out. To stuff, the artichokes, start with the bottom working your way around pulling the leaves apart gently and with your fingers. Continue until you reach the center. Stuff as much of the filling between the leaves as possible.

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When you’re ready to eat the Stuffed Artichokes, just pull each leaf off using the leaf as a natural spoon, getting all that deliciousness off each one. As you make your way to the center, there you’ll find the best surprise of all, the heart of the artichoke. The heart is the most tender part of the whole artichoke. Don’t forget about those stems too, YUM!

This dish is a show stopper and any dinner party.

Stuffed Artichoke

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
Yields: 4 servings
Equipment: 6- stockpot, 9 x 13 baking dish, 2 large mixing bowls

Ingredients:
4 medium fresh artichokes
4 cups of Italian style breadcrumbs
2 cloves garlic, grated
1 1/2 cups Parmigiano-Reggiano, grated, plus 4 tablespoons
2 tablespoon pine nuts
6 sun-dried tomatoes, finely chopped
1/4 cup golden raisins
6 slices Prosciutto, julienned
1/4 cup flat-leaf Italian parsley, finely chopped, plus extra for garnish
1 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
1/2 cup *E.V.O.O. more if necessary
1 cup of good dry white wine
2 lemons, juiced, save lemons for the water
water

Directions:
Start by pulling off some of the outer leaves from the bottom. Then take a pair of kitchen scissors, trim the tips (the pointy sharp part) of the leaves. Next, cut the stems off so they will have a flat bottom.

Fill a 6-quart stockpot 1/2 to 3/4’s of the way up with water. Cut 2 lemons in half, juice the lemons right into the water. Throw the remaining parts of the two lemons into the water too. This prevents the artichokes from turning brown and/or oxidizing.

As you can see I trimmed the stalks down quite a bit and threw them in as well. They are eatable also. To keep the artichokes submerged in the boiling water, place a plate on top like this.

On medium-high heat, bring the artichokes up to a boil. Once up to a boil adjust the heat so as to keep the water at a boil but not so high the water boils over. Continue to cook the artichokes for 45 minutes or until fork tender. Transfer the artichokes and the stems to a large plate to cook. Prepare the filling while boiling the artichokes.

For the Filling:
In a large bowl add Italian style bread crumbs, grated garlic, grated Parmigiano-Reggiano, pine nuts, sun-dried tomatoes, golden raisins, freshly ground black pepper, flat-leaf Italian parsley, and julienned Prosciutto. The prosciutto and cheese are salty so no extra salt is needed. Finally, add the *E.V.O.O., stir to combine. You want the consistency of wet sand. You may need to adjust the amount of oil depending on the type and amount of breadcrumbs used.

Continued Directions:
Take the cooled artichoke and remove the center. This is where the thistle is located and is not editable.

Start by pulling the leaves apart gently until the center of the artichoke is exposed, take a tablespoon and dig out the thistle. It looks like a circular hairy piece also known as the choke. Continue to scrape out the choke until the center of the artichoke is completely hollowed out. Repeat this process for the remaining artichokes. For reference, refer to the pictures above.

To stuff, the artichokes, start with the bottom and work your way around pulling the leaves apart gently and with your fingers.  Continue until you reach the center. Stuff as much of the filling between each row of leaves.

Preheat oven to 350-degrees F.
In a large baking dish, place the stuffed artichokes along with the stems. Add a cup of white wine. Top each artichoke with more cheese and drizzle each one with a good amount of *E.V.O.O.

Bake for around 30 minutes, or until the filling is nice and hot, the cheese is golden brown, and the artichokes have absorbed almost all of the wine.

Garnish with fresh Italian flat-leaf parsley. Serve hot or at room temperature.

*E.V.O.O. is short for Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

 

 

 

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Pappardelle With A Beef Short Rib Ragu

Braised Beef Short Ribs With Parpadelle

Short Rib Ragu With Pappardelle

This dish is one you’ll want to serve to family and friends. I just loved the response I received. I know that once you make my Beef Short Rib Ragu With Pappardelle, it will be something you’ll make again and again. Let’s get started.

The star of this dish is the beef short ribs. I want to let you know that this cut of meat can be expensive. My butcher happens to carry both styles of beef short ribs, bone-in and boneless. The boneless type of beef short ribs is cut from either chuck or plate and consist of rib meat. I’m going to use both bone-in and boneless beef short ribs in my Beef Short Rib Ragu With Pappardelle.

Whenever making this type of dish, it’s important to prep all the vegetables.

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I have 2 1-pound packages of boneless and a 1 2-pound package of bone-in beef short ribs. Above you will see that I have set the meat out on a paper towel to pat them completely dry on all sides. The reason for this is to get a good sear on the outside of the meat.

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I toss all the meat in some olive oil, Kosher salt, and pepper, and then spread them out onto 2 baking sheets. They will go into the oven at 450-degrees F. for 15-20 minutes.

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This is what they will look like when they come out. While the short ribs are roasting in the oven, on top of the stove the base for the sauce starts. You want to use a large braising pot or any type of heavy bottom pot like a Dutch oven.

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Now at this point, I have my liquids for this dish ready and on standby.

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You do not want to cover the veggies completely with liquid, just about 1/2 of the way up, because the veggies will release their own liquid.

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Cover, carefully transfer the pot the oven. Cook for 2 1/2 to 2 3/4 hours.

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WOW! Does this look amazing? So now I going to remove the meat to take the bones out and shred the meat.

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I have to say, by adding the sweet potato to this dish gives a nice sweetness. To thicken the sauce I process the veggies in a food processor. Be careful when processing hot liquids not to fill the processor more than a third of the way full.

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Start ladling the veggies into the processor.

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This is what the thickened sauce will look like when you’re done.

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Add all the shredded beef short rib meat to the sauce, stir to combine. Cover to keep hot.

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This Artisanal pasta cooks for only 8 minutes. You want to cook the pasta to the al-dente stage.

Braised Beef Short Ribs With Parpadelle

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 30 minutes
Yields: 4 servings
Equipment: 6-quart Dutch oven, 2 rimmed baking sheet pans, food processor, large stockpot for cooking pasta

Ingredients:
2 1-pound packages of boneless beef short ribs
12-pound package of bone-in beef short ribs
1/3 cup of good olive oil
2 1/2 tablespoons Kosher salt
1 1/2 tablespoon fresh ground black pepper

3 tablespoon of good olive oil
5 large cloves whole garlic, peeled
2 ribs of celery, 2 1/2 inch dice
1 sweet potato, peeled 2 1/2 inch dice
2 medium-size carrots, 2 1/2ich dice
1 red and yellow bell pepper, 2 1/2 inch dice
1 large sweet onion, 2 1/2 inch dice
1 1/2 tablespoon Kosher salt
1 tablespoon fresh ground black pepper
3 sprigs fresh rosemary
2 fresh bay leaves, substitute dry
6 sprigs of fresh thyme
1 28-ounce can San Marzano tomatoes, without their liquid
2 1/2 cups of Cabernet Sauvignon
3 cups of unsalted beef stock
Garnish with fresh Italian flat-leaf parsley
Garnish with shavings of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

2 packages of Pappardelle

 

Directions:
Preheat oven to 450-degrees F.
Lay all the short ribs in a single layer onto paper towels. Take another paper towel and pat the tops dry too. Once dry, transfer the short ribs to a large mixing bowl. Add olive oil, Kosher salt, and fresh ground black pepper. Toss together until all the ribs are coated.

Lay the seasoned short ribs in a single layer onto 2 rimmed baking sheets. Roast for 15 to 20 minutes until caramelized.

While the short ribs are roasting dice the vegetables, tie the herbs up together with kitchen twine (herb bouquet), and have all the liquids premeasured for the dish.

In a Dutch oven on medium heat, add the olive oil. To that add the diced onions, diced sweet potato, diced carrots, diced celery, and diced bell peppers. Season with Kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper. Sautè for 10 minutes until softened and golden brown.

Add tomato paste to the pot, and stir to combine. Add 1 cup of the Cabernet, stirring and scraping the brown bits off the bottom of the pot until clean. Add the remaining red wine and simmer until the liquid is reduced by half. Add the whole garlic cloves, unsalted beef stock, and the tied up fresh herbs.

Adjust the oven temperature to 350-degrees F.

Remove the short ribs from the oven and transfer them to the pot. Bring the liquid to a simmer on medium-high heat. Cover the Dutch oven and place it into the oven. Cook until the short ribs are very tender, 2 1/2 to 2 3/4 hours.

Carefully remove the cooked short ribs from the pot. Let cool down enough before handling. As soon as the ribs are cool enough, remove the meat from those that have bones. Using two forks shred all the meat into small pieces.

Thicken the sauce in small batches.  First, remove the herb bouquet. Ladle 1/3 of the liquid into a food processor. Note: Be very careful when processing hot liquids. Place the lid on and hold, with one hand, a dish towel over the top opening. Transfer the thickened sauce, from the food processor to a large bowl until all the sauce has been processed.

Return the thickened sauce back into the pot along with the shredded beef short ribs, stir to combine. Cover to stay hot while making the pasta. If you have a burner with a “warm” setting, that’s perfect.

Fill a large stockpot with water. Set over high heat and bring to a boil. Salt well and stir in pasta. Cook until pasta is al dente. Drain pasta. Add the drained pasta to a large serving platter. Ladle the Beef Short Rib Ragu over the pasta and gently toss.

Garnish the Beef Short Rib Ragu With Pappardelle with fresh Italian flat-leaf parsley and shavings of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese. Serve immediately.

 

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