Saturday, June 5, 2010

Take A Bite Of: Baked Artichokes with Gorgonzola and Herbs

Since some of you are mad at me for the Sea Salt Caramel Brownie Mayhem I laid on you, here is something in the other direction.  I made this fabulous treat earlier this week. I applaud by friend Wen for introducing me to this one night as we dined al fresco at her mountain house. Need a little appetizer to add to your dinner fare? Ta da. Now, at first glance, you may feel like there are quite a few steps. Read closely, they are easy. And not a fan of gorgonzola? Me either! But this creamy stuffing sensation will melt in le mouth. Trust. This is from the Italian kitchen maven's cookbook, Giada's Kitchen. And I hope it is a new favorite for you too. From my kitchen to yours, enjoy every bite.

Baked Artichokes with Gorgonzola and Herbs

Ingredients:
Salt
4 artichokes
3 lemons, plus 1 lemon
10 ounces mild Gorgonzola cheese, room temperature
2 tablespoons cream
2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme leaves
2 teaspoons chopped fresh parsley leaves, plus 1 tablespoon
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3 tablespoons bread crumbs
1 tablespoon olive oil


Directions:
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Trim the artichokes by cutting off the top 1-inch or so.

Cut the stem close to the base of the artichoke so the artichoke can sit up straight, and remove some of the bottom leaves. Using kitchen shears, trim the sharp points off of any remaining outer leaves. (If you turn the artichoke over to trim, you will avoid the trouble of fishing pieces of leaves out.)

Add the artichokes to the boiling water. Halve the lemons and squeeze the juice into the boiling water. Toss in the lemons. Cook the artichokes until tender, about 30 minutes. Drain and let cool.

Meanwhile, in a small bowl stir together the Gorgonzola, cream, thyme, 2 teaspoons parsley, garlic, salt, and pepper. In another small bowl stir together the bread crumbs and remaining 1 tablespoon of parsley.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Remove the center choke of the artichokes using a small spoon. Stuff the cheese mixture into the center of the artichokes.

Place the artichokes into a baking dish. Sprinkle the bread crumb mixture over the top of the artichokes. Drizzle the tops of the artichokes with olive oil.

Bake until the artichokes are heated through, the cheese is melted, and the bread crumbs are crisp and golden, about 25 minutes. Transfer the artichokes to a serving dish and serve.

Try not to shout out with glee: OHMYG____thisisamazing when you take your first bite.

21 comments:

LifestyleBohemia said...

This looks and sounds amazing. Thanks for sharing the recipe, I am printing & saving this one!
xx

Liza said...

OMG. I haven't had artichokes in ever so long, and I love, love, love them almost as much as I love any blue cheese. I may have to make this just for myself...since my family wouldn't touch them. Oh yum!

Khak said...

Wow! This makes me ready for dinner and I only just ate breakfast! I love Giada.

secret agent woman said...

I love artichokes but had to wonder how much blue cheese flavor you get in this (it's one of those flavors I truly don't care for)?

Brian Miller said...

you know i was never a big artichoke fan until someone knew how to fix it right...this sounds perfect...

Herding Cats said...

I don't like Gorgonzola at ALL, but I took one look at the picture and reconsidered...

Kristina P. said...

I always look forward to Saturdays from you, because you really post the most amazing recipes. My husband wouldn't touch these with a 10 foot pole, but that means more for me!

My mom used to make artichokes all the time when we were kids, and I LOVE gorgonzola and blue cheese.

From Tracie said...

There isn't much that I love more than an artichoke!

This makes me wish that I was a cooking mom!

Writing Without Periods! said...

Sounds dreamy...now if I could get someone to fix it for me I'd be in heaven. Love it.
Mary

Little Ms Blogger said...

YUM-BO! And yes, I'm still waiting for my brownies and everyday they're not in my mailbox - what's up with that? :-)

Chocolate Covered Daydreams said...

That looks delicious. Can you substitute a different type of cheese in place?

Forget it being an appetizer! That's a meal!

Ashley said...

sounds heavenly!!!!!

Kristy said...

Perfect, perfect! My friend's favorite thing - artichokes. I love them too. I am going there this week to help her out after a hard time. I shall make this for her! She will be impressed!

Caty said...

I was not mad at you for the sea salt caramel brownie recipe. I had fun making them and the girls and I had a great time eating them at the beach this weekend! Thanks for the recipe :)

Alexis AKA MOM said...

Girlie you always give me the best treats to drool over :)

Pseudonymous High School Teacher said...

mmmm don't mind if I do.

Tiffany said...

Going to try this for my party on Friday!!!

beachhouse etc. said...

that looks scrumptious...think ill go run to the grocery store for some artichokes..thanks for the recipe...
suzanne

Noe Noe Girl...A Queen of all Trades. said...

yummy! gonna try this one!
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Sarah from 20somethingcupcakes said...

Just found your blog and absolutely love it. Perfect mix of everything, just the way I like it! This looks delish, and always looking for easy ways to do artichoke. You have yourself a new follower lady! xxSAS

Bex said...

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