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Sunday, May 31, 2009

Breaded Artichokes

The artichoke does not look like the most inviting of vegetables. It's reminds me of an armadillo or something with its hard shell and many layers. Aren't vegetables supposed to be luscious, juicy and easy to eat?

How do you even prepare one? I don't know the answer to that, since I've never prepared one from whole vegetable. But my fellow blogger, V, has tackled this intimidating vegetable well so I leave that to her.

Although I am intimidated by such a vegetables, I still love artichokes and thankfully, they come readily available in little tins, marinated or in water.

This is a little appetizer we had recently that was absolutely delicious and such a great way to start a meal.

Breaded Artichokes

6 artichoke hearts, halved lengthwise
zest from 1 medium sized lemon
juice from 1/2 lemon
1/3 c panko breadcrumbs
1/3 c grated Parmesan and or mozzarella

olive oil

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2. Place artichoke hearts in a large baking dish halved side up.
3. Sprinkle lemon zest on top of each half followed by the juice of half a lemon. (If you prefer a less lemony taste, use about a quarter of the lemon.)
4. Mound panko on each half, followed by the cheese mixture.
5. Drizzle with olive oil
6. Bake for ten minutes. Then turn on broiler until cheese is fully melted and golden. Serve immediately.


Christina Kim said...

anything with panko and parm cheese gets a thumbs up from me! i've never bought whole fresh artichokes before, i always go the lazy route with canned hearts. these sound good, though, like a nice appetizer or side dish for a dinner party!!

Marta said...

I'm thinking I'll go parm AND mozza here! They look very nice, lovely appys! Hahaha I had never thought of them as armadillos, but I think you're right! They are intimidating, I especially dislike the little spikes, why must they hurt me? I'm just trying to eat them... oh , i see, self defense! Got it ;)

Pearl said...

mm looks delicious!

Kevin said...

This is a great way to enjoy artichoke hearts!

Justin said...

yum, i just had steamed some fresh artichokes for dinner, and reading this... i want another one

Marta said...

Thanks for making my dish :)

V said...

Thanks for the reference. Armadillo? That's a good one! I laughed out loud!!

alecho said...

OH! this looks great! There's this one girl I'm trying to impress and she likes to eat healthy. She also likes Artichokes, but I've never used one before. Thanx for this great post yo! ;)

Lizounette said...

Very interesting idea and innovative use of canned artichokes. I usually prepare them from whole veg. if I'm eating them as a main - but this recipe from canned artichokes sounds like a great shortcut tasty way to use them!

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