“I’ve enjoyed cooking all my life, and most of my endeavors are Italian. With a zippy marinara sauce for dipping, these golden, breaded artichoke quarters make a unique and popular appetizer.” — Anthony Greco, Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania
- 6 large artichokes
- 1/4 cup chopped onion
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1 can (16 ounces) crushed tomatoes
- 1/4 cup water
- 2 tablespoons dry red wine
- 1/2 teaspoon sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
- 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- FOR COOKING:
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon milk
- 1 cup seasoned bread crumbs
- 1 tablespoon grated Romano cheese
- 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
- Dash pepper
- 1/4 cup canola oil
- Using a sharp knife, level the bottom of each artichoke and cut 1 in. from the tops. Using kitchen scissors, snip off tips of outer leaves. Place artichokes in a large saucepan; add 1 in. of water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 30-35 minutes or until leaves near the center pull out easily.
- Invert artichokes to drain for 10 minutes. With a spoon, carefully remove the fuzzy centers and discard. Cut artichoke hearts into fourths.
- In a large saucepan, saute onion in oil until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Add remaining sauce ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 15-20 minutes or until slightly thickened.
- In a shallow bowl, whisk egg and milk. Combine the bread crumbs, cheese, parsley and pepper in another shallow bowl. Dip artichoke pieces in egg mixture, then coat with crumbs. In a large skillet, cook artichokes in oil for 1-2 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Serve immediately with sauce. Yield: 2 dozen (2 cups sauce).
Originally published as Artichoke Hearts Romano in Taste of Home April/May 2010, p66
Full-Bodied Red Wine
Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied red wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or Syrah.
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