Mediterranean Stuffed Artichokes
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Recipe type: Appetizer
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Serves: 2
  • 2 large artichokes
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • ⅔ cup of shredded parmesan
  • 1 clove of finely minced garlic
  • ¼ cup sundried tomatoes, packed in olive oil
  • ½ cup kalamata olives
  • 2 TBSP olive oil (I used the oil from the tomatoes)
  • 2 TBSP chopped basil
  • 1 small lemon, zested
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Preheat oven to 375°F with the rack in the middle.
  2. Spread bread crumbs on a baking sheet and toast in oven, stirring once or twice, until pale golden, about 5-7minutes (Don’t stray too far from the oven though, because they go from perfectly toasted to burned in a flash!) Cool completely, then toss with parmesan, garlic, basil, olives, sundried tomatoes, parmesan, lemon zest, and salt & pepper in a bowl. Drizzle oil over crumbs and toss to coat. Taste the filling and adjust the salt and pepper accordingly. The tomatoes, olives, and parmesan add natural saltiness so start with about a tsp and work your way up.
  3. Cut off artichoke stems so that they sit flat. Cut off top ½ inch of the artichoke with a serrated knife, and cut about inch off all remaining leaf tips with kitchen shears. Rub cut leaves with a lemon half from the lemon you zested, this keeps the leaves from turning brown.
  4. Separate leaves slightly with your thumbs, then pull out purple leaves from center and enough yellow ones to expose fuzzy choke. Scoop out choke with a melon-baller or small spoon, then squeeze some juice from other lemon half into cavity. Repeat with remaining artichokes.
  5. Spoon about 2 tablespoons stuffing into cavity of each artichoke and, Starting with bottom leaves and spreading leaves open as much as possible without breaking, spoon a rounded teaspoon stuffing between each leaf.
  6. Fill a 8x8 baking pan with ½ and inch to and inch of water and place on a baking sheet for easier transport to the oven. Gently place the stuffed artichokes in the baking pan with the water and cover tightly with foil.
  7. Place artichokes in the oven, and roast for 50-60 minutes, or until the leaves pull away from the artichoke easily.
  8. When Artichokes are done, let cool for 10 minutes and squeeze what lemon you have left over the top.
  9. To eat, bite the leaf and scrape the bit of artichoke heart off of the leaf with the filling and Enjoy! After you have gone through all of the leaves, you can cut though what is left and eat with what filling you have over.
Recipe by My Modern Cookery at