לפעמים הייתי מגיע הביתה מבית הספר ורואה חבורה של עטוף בנייר אלומיניום, מנות בצורת כדור על הכיריים. אני מתרגש כי אני יודע מה היה בהם: ארטישוק ממולא. אה, כמה שאהבתי כשאמא שלי עשה ארטישוק ממולא!
הדבר המצחיק הוא שאני שונא את הארטישוק. It may have been the weirdest vegetable I ever saw as a kid. למעני, its only purpose was as a vessel to hold the delicious bread crumb stuffing that tasted so good.
Mom instructed: you pull off a leaf, hold it by the tip and eat the stuffing while scraping the artichoke off with your teeth. My way: I pulled off a leaf, held it by the tip and ate the stuffing while carefully avoiding the leaf with my teeth. Worked for me. The stuffing was delicious. I would eat every bit and then hand the rest of my artichoke over to my Dad who ate the hearts (איכס!). What was the point of eating the parts that held no stuffing?
היום, like so many other foods I swore I hated, I love artichokes. בפרט, I adore artichoke hearts and can eat them plain, טרי, מתוך פחית, אולם. When it comes to the whole artichoke, I still think the stuffing is essential. There are a lot of methods out there but I make these Overstuffed Artichokes the way my Mother made them. ראשון, I steam them to soften them while I cook up the stuffing. Then after stuffing the leaves, I bake them for a little bit. כאשר הם נעשים, I even wrap each one in foil until I am ready to serve them, just like Mom did.
My Overstuffed Artichokes look like beautiful flowers. Maybe instead of the usual roses, you can surprise someone special with a bouquet of artichokes this Mother’s Day. תהנה!
Trim the artichokes. First cut the stem so that the artichoke can sit upright. אז, starting at the base, bend the tough outer leaves back until they break off. With kitchen scissors, trim the tops of the remaining leaves.
Fill a pot half-way with salted water and bring to a boil. Add the artichokes and the lemon peel. Cover and simmer until the bottoms of the artichokes are fork-tender, על 20-30 פרוטוקול, depending on the size of the artichokes. Remove from the water, sit them upside down to drain and let cool.
בינתיים, heat the oil in a skillet over medium-low heat. Add the garlic and cook until the garlic is golden brown and starting to crisp. Do not let it burn. Remove the garlic from the oil. Add the bread crumbs and toast until just browned a bit, על 4 פרוטוקול. מכבה את האש. Stir in the grated parmesan or nutritional yeast, מלח, פלפל ופטרוזיליה. בואו מגניב.
מחממים התנור ל 400 מעלות. Take each artichoke and place it top-side down on the cutting board. Press down gently on the base with your palm. This will make the leaves open so you can fill them more easily. With a small spoon, fill the leaves with the bread crumb mixture. Be generous and let it overflow. When you have filled all the leaves, place the stuffed artichokes in a small baking dish. Either drizzle them with a bit more oil or use cooking spray. אופים כ 15 minutes until they are browned and crispy. מגישים חמים תוך.
The “V” מלה: תגיד את זה. תאכל את זה. לחיות את זה.