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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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Homemade Salisbury Steak

Homemade Salisbury Steak

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Homemade Salisbury Steak has to be the one TV dinner you knew if you grew up in the ’70s. I believe the most popular brand was the Hungry Man TV dinner. They were a great time saver for parents and offered all the major food groups. My mom also had her own recipe for Salisbury steak and her’s was so good.

Today I’m making my version of this iconic meal. Homemade Salisbury Steak with mash potatoes and corn brings back so many memories. This one’s for you mom!

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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 35 to 40 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Yields: 4 servings
Equipment: 12-inch cast iron skillet, large mixing bowl

Ingredients:
1 pound lean ground sirloin
1 pound ground pork
3 tablespoons of olive oil
1/4 stick unsalted butter plus 1 tablespoon
1 large onion, thinly sliced into half moons
1-pint button white button mushrooms, sliced
1 8-ounce container ricotta cheese
2 tablespoon fresh Italian flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
1 to 1 1/4 cups Italian-style breadcrumbs
2 extra large eggs, beaten
8 dashes of Worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons of ketchup
2 tablespoons of fresh garlic, grated
3 teaspoons Kosher salt
1 1/2 teaspoons fresh ground black pepper
2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary leaves, chopped
1 1/2 cups unsalted beef broth
1 teaspoon of Kitchen Boquet, seasoning sauce
1 15-ounce bag Publix Sweet Corn
*Slurry
1 heaping tablespoon cornstarch
1 tablespoon of unsalted beef broth

Directions:
In a large mixing bowl start with ricotta cheese, freshly chopped Italian parsley, Italian seasoned bread crumbs, beaten eggs, 3 dashes of Worcestershire sauce, ketchup, freshly grated garlic, 2 teaspoons of Kosher salt, and 1 teaspoon of fresh ground black pepper, mix until the consistency is like wet sand. If needed, adjust by adding an extra 1/4 cup of breadcrumbs.

Next, add the ground pork and sirloin to the bowl, combine everything together, do not overmix. In the bowl, using your hands, divide the meat into four (4) equal quadrants. Take a quarter of the mixture and form an oval patty. Hold the patty in your hand, with your other hand, take your fingers and make indentations going across the patty on one side. Transfer the patty to a plate. Repeat this process three more times.

As the patties cook, the indentions will act as though they’ve been cooking on a grill and give you great looking grill marks. Repeat this with the other 3 patties. Transfer to a platter and set aside.

In a cast iron skillet med-high heat, add 1 tablespoon of olive oil and 1 tablespoon of butter. Place the patties indentation side down first. After patties have browned 3 to 4 minutes, turn the patties over and cook for another 3 to 4 minutes, or until browned. Transfer the patties to a platter and pour off any excess grease.

In the same skillet, reduce the heat to medium. Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil with 1/4 stick of butter. Add the sliced onions, stir and cook until golden brown. Next, add the sliced white button mushrooms. Stir and cook until the onions and mushrooms start to soften 5 to 7 minutes. Add the fresh thyme leaves stir to combine. As the onions and mushrooms get some nice color, and their liquid has evaporated, season with 1 teaspoon of kosher salt and 1/2 a teaspoon of fresh ground black pepper.

At this point, to the onions and mushrooms add ketchup, around 5 dashes of Worcestershire sauce, seasoning sauce (Kitchen Boquet), chopped rosemary, and 1 1/2 cups of unsalted beef broth, stir to combine. Next, in a small bowl make the *slurry by adding 1 heaping tablespoon of cornstarch with 1 tablespoon of unsalted beef broth. Whisk until a smooth paste. Add the *slurry to the sauce, stir to combine. When the sauce starts to thicken turn the heat down to low.

As the patties are simmering, spoon some of the gravy with mushrooms and onions over the top of each one. Let simmer on low heat for 15 to 20 minutes or until the patties are no longer pink in the middle.

Keeping with the tradition of the “TV Dinner”, I like to serve my Homemade Salisbury Steak with my Homestyle Mashed Potatoes (click the link below for my recipe) and sweet corn.

*Cornstarch Slurry: For each cup of liquid you want to thicken, start with 1 tablespoon of cornstarch in a small bowl. Add an equal amount of cold liquid (broth or water) and stir until smooth paste forms. This is your slurry. Wisk the slurry into the hot, simmering liquid you want to thicken.

 

Homestyle Mashed Potatoes

 

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