Here's what you need:
4 medium artichokes
8 slices of cooked bacon crumbled
1/2 of a small onion
2 garlic cloves
6 pieces of bread (I used whole wheat)
A hand full of shredded Parmesan cheese
2-3 table spoons olive oil
1 cup dry white wine
1 cup water
Salt and Pepper
4 cherry tomatoes
Pre-heat the oven to 425!
First you'll need to clean the artichokes and get them directly into a pot of cold lemon water. Cleaning artichokes can be tricky, especially if its your first time. Don't panic, I'll walk you through it! First working with one at a time use a serrated knife to cut off the stem so the artichoke will stand up straight. Next cut about 1 1/2 inches off of the top of the artichoke. Using kitchen sheers snip any of the leaves that are left with the pointy edge. Now, using a melon baller or a small spoon (I actually used a grapefruit spoon with a serrated edge!) you want to clean out all of the purple leaves from the center of the artichoke and scrape the hairy choke from the inside. Plop these babies into the lemon bath as soon as your done so they don't turn brown on you.
Phew, now that we're done with that let's move onto the fun stuff!
Pour the 1 cup of water and wine into the bottom of a 2 quart baking dish and set aside.
|Time to load up the food processor!|
|Stuff em' up!|
|Eating them can be as tedious as making them... but it's all worth it!|