Italian-Stuffed Artichokes with a touch of New Orleans heat

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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
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Ingredients

  • 6 artichokes
  • Italian breadcrumbs - big container
  • Parmesan/Romano cheese blend (use same amount as bread crumbs)
  • Italian seasoning, to taste
  • Fresh minced garlic, to taste
  • Fresh shallots (green onions), to taste
  • Real bacon bits, to taste (no need to add salt with this ingredient)
  • Diced jalapeños, to taste
  • White pepper, to taste
  • Extra virgin olive oil – sprinkle a bit in stuffing mix, top to cook.
  • Thinly-sliced lemon for topping

Directions

PREPARATION:

  1. Prepare 6 artichokes - Cut a flat top, then trim off the stickers with scissors. Cut the stem flat just before the base, so it can stand. Rinse and shake dry, placing upside down to drain.

METHOD:

  1. Mix breadcrumbs, Italian seasoning, fresh minced garlic, fresh shallots, real bacon bits, diced jalapeños, white pepper, and olive oil (all ingredients except lemon). Stuff mixture into artichokes, gently spreading the leaves and filling each.
  2. Place snugly into pot so they don’t fall over, add water to cover bottom ¼” or so. (Check water from time to time or artichokes will burn.)
  3. Drizzle extra virgin olive oil over each.Crown with thin lemon slices.
  4. Cover pot and cook on low-medium until boiling point, reduce heat to slow cook until leaves can be pulled off. Drain and enjoy while warm, save the rest in foil and plastic wrap. Can be re-heated by steaming again in foil. Don’t microwave.
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