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Cheese Stuffed Artichokes Recipe

—Dolores Tottino, Castroville, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Bake: 10 min. YIELD:2-4 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 large artichokes
  • 1/2 cup soft bread crumbs, toasted
  • 2 ounces smoked Gouda cheese, shredded (about 1/2 cup)
  • 4 slices Canadian bacon, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Directions

  • 1. Using a sharp knife, level the bottom of each artichoke and cut 1 in. from the top. Using kitchen scissors, snip off tips of outer leaves. Place in a steamer basket; place in a large saucepan over 1 in. of water. Bring to a boil; cover and steam for 20-25 minutes or until leaves near the center pull out easily.
  • 2. With a spoon, carefully scrape out the fuzzy center portions of artichokes and discard.
  • 3. In a small bowl, combine the bread crumbs, cheese, bacon and pepper. Add oil; mix well. Gently spread artichoke leaves apart; fill with bread crumb mixture.
  • 4. Place in a greased 8-in. square baking dish. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 10-15 minutes or until filling is lightly browned. Yield: 2-4 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 151 calories, 9 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 23 mg cholesterol, 387 mg sodium, 11 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 9 g protein.