June 25, 2010

Sausage Stuffed Artichokes



Little Green Gems

I know, I know, it's Friday, fish day but the fish ain't a biting folks. Well, maybe a few speckled trout near the mouth of the bay, but that's too close to the oil for me. Now if you still got a hankering - you can get your fill from some of my previous posts. Just look over at the sidebar and go fishing.

Now for a real treat, it's going to be an Italian Friday. An appetizer to get the weekend rolling. I dunno why, just because I'm in the mood and maybe because I spotted some small ones at the market ... on sale. I'm still stuffing things around in the kitchen and this is what I dug out of the box for today. Just pure good if you ask me. Enjoy!

Sausage Stuffed Artichokes
 
12 small artichokes
2 sourdough rolls, torn into bits
1 cup milk
1 small onion, diced
1 clove of garlic, minced
1 rib of celery, finely diced
2 ounces cooked minced ham, about 1/4 cup
5 ounce Italian sweet sausages, casings removed, cooked and drained
2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon minced fresh thyme
1/2 teaspoon minced fresh mint
1 egg
salt and pepper
olive oil as needed
2 ounce Fontina cheese
    Peel the artichokes down to the hearts.

    Make the filling by mixing in a bowl the bread softened in the milk along with the onion, garlic, celery, ham, the crumbled sausage, parmesan cheese, thyme, mint, egg, salt and pepper.

    Boil the whole artichoke hearts briefly in hot water, then drain and dry. Press an indentation in each center, fill the depression with the filling and  drizzle with olive oil. Cover each with the grated Fontina cheese.

    Bake in a preheated oven at 400 degrees F (200° C ) for 30 minutes.

    14 comments :

    1. wonderful ingredients these sound terrific and love artichokes so its on my list of must trys!

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    2. I agree with pegasuslegend, the ingredients are fabulous. Makes my mouth water!

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    3. I have never seen artichokes stuffed that way....wow...they look delicious! I love your blog I always learn something new and interesting!

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    4. Hi Drick buddy, I know it's been a while. Hope you're well. What a gorgeous brand new look! I was thinking to make good use of the new design template from the blog too. Too many to choose from. haha.... Errrr...Decision making! I'm sure you're a big soccer fan too huh! And these yummy looking snacks work just perfect for this crazy season. My hubby not so crazy about the game. He watch it only when he's free. Hope you're going to have a fabulous weekend & have fun!
      Cheers, Kristy

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    5. I am so intrigued by this! How unique!!!!!!!!

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    6. I like one of your artichokes with a green salad for dinner, they look yummy!

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    7. These are making my mouth water!

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    8. I am so sad about the fish not biting ... but I'm happy to see that you can always make something good!!

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    9. i love these, sausage and ham, oh great filling..

      sweetlife

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    10. Grab some fish (when they are biting) and come to Cashiers! :) You cook the fish and I will prepare the land dishes.

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    11. You are killing me with these, cher!! What a fabulous filling and I just love artichokes! Divine!

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    12. I have to try this. Sausages in artichoke? BUt first i must learn how to prepare artichokes.

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    13. Crazy about artichokes...Fantastic recipe!

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    14. Now how did I miss this one? Looks and sounds delicious! The combination of sausage and artichoke is unusual but I bet it's really, really good.

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