Stuffed Artichokes alla Siciliana
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This Stuffed Artichokes alla Siciliana recipe is an appetizer recipe that can be served at any special occasion. The ingredients you will need for this appetizer recipe include some medium sized artichokes, some plain bread crumbs, some grated pecorino cheese, some Parmigiano cheese shavings, some toasted almonds and some finely chopped garlic. You will also need some fresh parsley, some extra virgin olive oil and some salt and pepper. The toasted almonds in this delicious appetizer recipe give it a nice added crunch.
To start you will need to clean the artichokes by first removing the harder outer leaves of the artichokes and then cutting the stem and the top part of the leaves off (as these have thorns). Then put the artichokes into a bowl that is full of water and some lemon juice (so the artichokes won't tarnish). In a medium sized sauce pan, put the bread crumbs and some extra virgin olive oil, and sauce the bread crumbs until they are lightly golden in color. Then right away put them into a cold bowl so they won't burn. Then add some chopped parsley to the bread crumbs, along with the finely chopped garlic, salt and pepper (to taste), and the grated cheese and a bit of olive oil. Mix the ingredients well so that the oil can be evenly absorbed. Take each individual artichoke and open up the leaves as much as possible, so that you can insert into the leaves the bread crumb mixture along with some of the Parmigiano cheese shavings. Then drizzle some of the extra virgin olive oil over top each of the artichokes.
Put the artichokes into an oven proof pan and add some water to the bottom, and cover the baking pan. Then place the bake pan on the stove and cook for approximately twenty to twenty five minutes, the time will vary depending on the size of artichokes you are using. Then finish off the recipe by putting the baking pan in a preheated 400 degree Fahrenheit oven, and baking for approximately fifteen more minutes.
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