Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Eating Whole Foods: Ricotta & Salami Stuffed Artichokes

By: The Food Hunter

I grew up eating my grandmother's stuffed artichokes; where each leaf was generously filled with bread crumbs seasoned with herbs and Parmesan cheese. They were delicious but quite time consuming to make. Recently I came across a recipe of Emeril Lagasse's for stuffed artichokes where only the center of the artichoke was filled. Talk about a time saver, this recipe cut the preparation nearly in half. Not only were they quicker and easier to make, but Emeril used a whipped seasoned ricotta & salami filling which turned out to be much tastier than the seasoned breadcrumbs.

The next time you need a hearty vegetable appetizer, don't shy away from stuffed artichokes out of fear they are too time consuming, instead give these fluffy ricotta filled chokes a try. As I'm sure you know by now I get as much produce as possible at Whole Foods Market, they have a wonderful selection of organic local fruits and vegetables that I just love.

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Ricotta & Salami Stuffed Artichokes
(adapted from Emeril Lagasse)

2 medium whole artichokes, steamed until tender and cooled
1/4 pound fresh Ricotta cheese
1 egg
1/2 cup grated pecorino cheese
1/4 pound or less salami, finely chopped
1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh parsley leaves
Salt/Freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoon olive oil

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Drizzle a shallow baking dish with olive oil. Slice the steamed artichokes in half, lengthwise (including the stem). Remove the choke. Place the artichoke halves, heart side up, in the prepared pan. Season with salt and pepper.

In a mixing bowl, combine the ricotta, egg, pecorino, salami and parsley. Mix well. Season with salt and pepper. Fill the cavity of each artichoke with the cheese mixture.

Drizzle the artichokes with olive oil. Place in the oven on the top rack and bake until golden, about 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and serve hot.

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54 comments:

  1. I have never made artichokes. I'm have always been a little intimidated. I do love a spinach-artichoke dip that a local restaurant makes.

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  2. I follow Food Hunter on Instagram.

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  3. My favorite soup is clam chowder.

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  4. My husband makes artichokes for special occasions.

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  5. Vegetable Soup is my favorite.

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  6. I never made artichokes and never had them growing up either. Need to give them a try.

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  9. I put artichokes on the grill! So delicious with some charring.

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  10. I love cream of broccoli soup.

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  11. I only have artichokes in artichoke dip, and a salad every now and then.

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  12. I love making homemade chicken noodle soup. Your stuffed artichokes look like something my husband would love!

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  13. I pretty much love ALL soup - but I think good clam chowder probably tops my list! :)

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  14. I only eat artichokes and a part of spinach and artichoke dip but I want to roast them sometime.

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  15. My favorite soup would have to be chicken wild rice soup.

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  16. My favorite soup is broccoli cheddar, yummmm!

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  17. I'm not a huge fan of artichokes, but I do like them in spinach artichoke dip!

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  18. My favorite soup is tortellini soup with spinach and tomatoes and garlic!

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  19. I love artichoke dip and artichoke pasta They are so good..I need to eat the fresh ones more often!

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  20. Artichokes are one of the only green foods that I actually love!

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  21. Now that's a real time saver! And I love the combination of cheeses with salami. Sounds wonderful.

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  22. I have never made artichokes, but I love eating them.

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  23. I am following on Instagram.

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  24. I haven't made anything with artichokes in years but last time was the hot artichoke dip which is very tasty!

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  25. I haven't made anything with artichokes in years but last time was the hot artichoke dip which is very tasty!

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  26. Wow, that filling looks fantastic! I love artichokes, but I'm just too lazy to prepare them very often.

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  27. I rarely cook artichokes, but do enjoy them very much. When we make them, we just use a simple steaming method, and dip the food in butter or ghee.

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  28. Wow! My mom still makes stuffed artichokes and I cannot perfect them! Maybe I'll give this one a try! Thanks :)

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  29. Wow, these look so creamy and lush. Unusual filling too. yum! :-)

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  30. I like Clam Chowder the most, followed by Vegetable Beef
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  31. I use artichoke hearts in chicken dishes, along with wine, etc.
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  32. I love bisques. Especially a really nice lobster bisque.

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  33. I haven't had a stuffed artichoke for a long time, but am tempted to try this easier version. Perfect for springtime!

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  34. I've never actually tried artichokes! I should totally get on that.

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  35. My favorite soup is cream of tomato with lots of fresh basil and cream. Your stuffed artichokes look amazing. I would have never dreamed of stuffing an artichoke with ricotta and salami, but it's brilliant!
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  36. I have never had stuffed artichokes before! I'm so intrigued and I love the ricotta salami combo. I'm afraid to say I have only made artichokes once (eek!) but they were pretty good steamed.

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  37. I follow you on Instagram as cezovski9
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  38. I follow you on instagram as rusthawk1.

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  39. Favorite soup is any veggie packed bean chili!

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  40. I like potato soup with cheese and bread.

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  41. I have never eaten an artichoke before. I am sure there are great recipes, but nothing about artichokes seems appetizing to me.

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  42. I follow you on instagram as 1froglegs

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  43. My favorite soup is chicken soup! Yum. Julie smartsavvymama@gmail.com

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  44. I don't have an artichoke recipe, but the Ricotta & Salami Stuffed Artichokes sounds amazing! Julie smartsavvymama@gmail.com

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