Stuffed, Baked Artichoke Bottoms

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Am I allowed to say “bottoms” or will I be censored?!  I had to say it because the hearts didn´t really make it into this dish.

Big Man came home the other day with about a dozen artichokes that a pal had given him.  Unfortunately they had been sitting in his truck, with daytime temperatures reaching 34 degrees Celsius for two days.  They were rather sad and dry looking.

I peeled away all the leaves and took out the “choke”, the hairy bit in the middle and then cooked them in water (with a good few spoonfuls of white wine vinegar to stop them going black) until they were almost tender.

I was just going to use them in a salad, but then decided that as they´d had a miserable few days in the heat, I would give them a more dramatic exit!

For the stuffing I used (for 12 artichokes)

  • 2 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 6 medium mushrooms and stalks, finely chopped and fried in olive oil with the garlic until soft
  • 3 heaped tablespoons of cream cheese
  • 3 level tablespoons of grated cheese (I used a mature goat´s cheese)
  • Some finely chopped parsley

I mixed all these ingredients together, seasoned with salt and pepper and then spooned the mixture onto the artichoke bottoms which I then placed in a lightly oiled baking dish.

I sprinkled them all with fresh white breadcrumbs and finished with a drizzle of olive oil.

These then went into a hot oven for about 15 minutes (until the breadcrumbs were browned) and I served them with my Spicy Tomato Sauce.  I think they were happy with their finale.

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18 thoughts on “Stuffed, Baked Artichoke Bottoms

  1. I’ve never really managed to get my head around artichokes – they always looked a bit daunting! You have inspired me to give them a chance!

  2. wow… you have a pal that just drops off a dozen artichokes?? I’d like be friends with that pal!! I just love artichokes!! You stuffed these “bottom” well; I’ve never used cream cheese before but I can imagine now how creamy that stuffing must be!

  3. Wonderful recipe….you bum cooker. 😉 which might have a different meaning here in the states.
    Lovely, wonderful…a great exit for poor abused artichokes.

    1. Love it! Bum is a very English word (and not rude, just “cheeky”)….although I know in the States it´s something else! What did someone once say “Two great nations divided by one great language”? I think it just makes things more fun 🙂

  4. These look and sound delicious. Our artichokes rarely get big enough to have a choke – or even much of a bottom – as we eat them before that stage, but I do buy them as well because I love them so much, so I’ll try this next time I have some big enough ones.

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