Artichokes with Sundried Tomato and Marjoram Stuffing
I’ve wanted to make stuffed artichokes for a long time, but the idea of prepping artichokes always gave me a dull headache. My mom used to make them all the time when I was younger, simply steamed with some melted butter. We’d fend for ourselves once we got to the artichoke heart, covered in spiky fuzz (the choke), a clear reminder that we were really eating an overgrown thistle.
But when you stuff artichokes, it’s usually best to remove the nasty choke ahead of time to make room for stuffing, which also makes eating the artichoke a little less complicated. That way, when you get to the heart you can dig right in without getting a mouthful of fuzz.
If you’ve never eaten a whole artichoke before, let me implore you to try it, and to not eat the leaves. Well, that’s not entirely right. You eat part of each leaf, scraping off the flashy bit at the base with your bottom teeth. Or your top teeth. Just make sure you don’t pop a whole leaf in your mouth. Set an empty bowl on the table to collect the spent leaves.
The leaves start off with only a little of the good stuff on the bottom. The artichoke may seem like a tease, giving you only tiny tantalizing morsels at first, but I promise you; this is one vegetable that puts out in the end, every time. The closer you get to the center, the more edible the leaves become. You’re finally rewarded with the heart of the artichoke, and what a delicious treat that is. It’s well-worth messily eating your way towards it.
But before you can eat it, you need to prep it. There are two things you need to know, right off the bat. The first is that artichokes oxidize, turning color once the cut edges are exposed to air, much like apples and potatoes do. Keep a cut lemon nearby and rub the exposed edges of the ‘choke with it to prevent this. The second thing to remember is to keep the ‘chokes away from anything made of aluminum of iron – this will also cause the artichoke discolor. Use stainless steel knives and cookware, or anything else that’s non-reactive, such as glass. Ready?
Remove the bottom few rows of leaves with a knife. These are the toughest and can be discarded.
Remove the stem of the artichoke, so it can stand upright. Rub the bottom with lemon juice.
Slice the top inch or so off. It’s okay if it’s not perfectly flat.
Rub lemon on the cut edges to prevent discoloration.
Cut the tips off any leaves that still have their points. They have sharp bits on the end that you want to remove before eating.
Gently spread the leaves apart with your fingers to expose the center. Sometimes the center leaves are purple as shown, but sometimes they’re just a delicate yellow.
Remove the leaves, scraping them out with a spoon. The sharper the edge, the better off you’ll be. If you have a melon baller, use that. My 1/2 teaspoon measure worked better for me than a regular spoon.
Now you should see the top of the choke, the fuzzy part you don’t want to eat. Use your spoon to scrape out the fuzzy bits out until you reach the smooth surface of the heart.
Be careful not to remove too much of the heart, as that’s the best part of the artichoke! Take your time, and be sure to sqeeze lemon juice down there while you’re working.
While you’re prepping ‘chokes, let the finished ones sit in a bowl of cold lemon water.
Stuffed Artichokes with Herbed Sundried Tomato Stuffing
For two artichokes
2 Artichokes, prepped as shown above
2 Cups Breadcrumbs
4-5 Tbs Fresh Chopped Herbs, I used Marjoram
1/3 Cup Chopped Sundried Tomatoes, oil packed
1/4 tsp Salt
Black Pepper, to taste
Broth for Steaming
3 Cups Water
1 Vegetable Bullion Cube
3-4 Lemon Slices
1 Bay Leaf
Toss all the ingredients of the stuffing together, save the olive oil. Drizzle the olive oil into the stuffing mixture until just moistened.
Fill the center cavity of each artichoke with stuffing. Use the remaining stuffing in between the leaves of each choke. Spread the stuffing out as evenly as you can, stuffing in as many leave crevices you can get into.
Place broth ingredients in the bottom of dutch oven large enough to fit the ‘chokes. Set the ‘chokes inside, making sure the broth level only covers an inch or so of the bottom of the ‘chokes. Simmer, covered, for 30-45 minutes, or until the leaves are tender and can be removed with a gentle tug.
Preheat oven to 350Âº, and bake the steamed chokes for 10-15 minutes until the stuffing is crispy and browned. Serve immediately.
Thanks for the recipe and overview. I’ve wanted to make these for a while but wasn’t 100% sure how to go about it.
I, too, always wanted to make these and your step by step instructions are great! Thanks!!
Yummmm…I love artichokes! I have never stuffed them before–just steamed them and eaten them leaf by leaf, swooning at their deliciousness. But your stuffed artichokes look so good I may have to try it! Thanks!
I love your blog and have marked so many recipes as “to try”! But I thought it was funny that we both had recent artichoke posts citing the same childhood experience with eating them!
This recipe looks delicious… I’ll have to make it next. Thanks and keep up the gorgeous work!
You have the best step-by-steps! These stuffed artichokes look fabulous – could you Fedex them my way?! I haven’t been around in a while, when is your book out??
This is the best guide I’ve ever seen to eating artichoke. I tried cooking it once and had NO idea what do with it (couldn’t find any help online). This is going to sound like a silly question, but… how do you eat it? Is everything in the end piece edible?
Best Artichoke prepping guide I’ve ever seen.
I too have always found the process of prepping whole artichokes to be headache-inducing; but between your tantalizing recipe for the Stuffed Artichokes with Herb-Sundried-Tomato Stuffing, and the step-by-step photographed tutorial, I am convinced that I need to give prepping whole artichokes another chance!! :0)
Wonderful photos and an infinitely useful set of steps. Thanks so much! That’s really thoughtful of you.
Thanks so much for the step by step! I was intimidated by artichokes before but this really helps. Your pictures are beatiful as always. Keep up the amazing work.
This looks like it should be Vegan Thanksgiving!! Looks very very tasty.
Thank you! I’ve always been afraid of dealing with artichokes and your demo is so clear and helpful, as was your post on parathas.
I’m new to this blog and loving it! Thanks!
Thanks for another awesome tutorial, Lolo! You really took the intimidation out of prepping artichokes. :)
Those look SO GOOD. I adore artichokes.
My friend’s aunt makes something almost exactly like that for Thanksgiving each year. They’re delicious, but can you imagine prepping enough artichokes for 15 people? Yikes!
P.S. What do you serve these with?
Village Vegan – They’re surprisingly filling. I think if I were going to serve them with something, I’d do a fun little salad (lettuce based or not). It also depends on the size of the artichokes. Baby/mini artichokes would go better as a side dish. Regular-sized artichokes are a little bigger than a side dish, but not necessarily entree sized. A little bowl of minestrone might be a nice pairing?
Looks delish! I’m going to have to try it!!!
What a great tutorial, I gotta try to make them too!
I love artichokes, but never prepare them. I’m happy to have a reason to now.
so really i can’t thank you enough for the step by step, photo-tutorial of the artichoke cleaning. i never really got it. i tried and failed but never succeeded. now, i’m set. you’re the best. and this looks so savory. yum!
I love stuffed artichokes. They are a family tradition at holidays and homecomings. Yours look gorgeous and delicious :)
I’ve always been super intimidated by artichokes, but your step by step (illustrated, no less!) instructions are awesome! I will definitely be trying this out in the near future…thanks!
made these yesterday, they were the star of the show at our dinner party. Making them was much easier than it looked (although getting the fuzzies out was tricky). I love this site!
you are amazing. I love the photographs… I am making these right now!!
What a creative and easy way to make artichokes. I am looking forward to trying this.
Hey, for the final step, do we put the whole Dutch oven into the oven, or do we remove the chokes and put them seperately into a baking dish in the oven and toss the broth?