Growing up, my grandma would make stuffed artichokes on very special occasions. Her’s were packed with seasoned breadcrumbs and braised for over an hour. We would pull them apart, leaving nothing behind but a stack of leaves grazed with teeth marks, racing to get to its tender artichoke heart.
These days, the stuffed artichoke has been elevated. Both my sister & I are gluten-free, not by choice (!), and determined to still have the best food ever, food that tasted like home, Nicole pulled together these artichokes that are absolutely incredible…. and very very close to the grandma’s!
Nicole’s Stuffed Artichokes – (gluten-free, grain-free & SCD friendly)
2 whole artichokes
1 cup almond meal (trader joes)
1 clove minced garlic
2 tablespoons pecorino romano cheese
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried basil
salt and pepper to taste (keep in mind the cheese is salty!)
Snip the pointed tips of artichoke leaves, and cut off the stems. Wash and drain artichokes. Gently open leaves to prepare to be stuffed – rolling the artichoke on a hard surface helps open the leaves. Remove the lowest row or two of leaves as they are generally the smallest and the toughest.
In a bowl combine almond meal, garlic, oregano, basil, pecorino romano cheese, salt and pepper; mix well.
Working from the bottom up, stuff the mixture into each leaf of the artichoke.
Tightly pack stuffed artichokes together in a large heavy saucepan or Dutch oven. Add enough water to reach half way up artichokes and add 3 tablespoons oil to the water.
Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low to simmer while covered. Cook for one hour or until leaves pull out easily.
Bake artichokes in a 400 degree oven covered with tin foil for one hour. Be sure to add at least an inch of water and two tablespoons of oil to the pan.
These are great served hot… but they seem to make an even better presentation after a day in the refrigerator and then reheated. The artichoke flavor really infuses the stuffing with a depth that is incredibly good!
Enjoy! And you may want to try to eat more flavors that remind you of home and the best parts of your own childhood – it is another way to infuse your life with Tao connection that is so creatively powerful! xoxo Dana
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