Greek Style Stuffed Artichokes

Greek Style Stuffed Artichokes

Greek Style Stuffed Artichokes are super healthy and super delicious ~ even if you’ve never cooked one before, I’ll take you through the process step by step ~ these are too good to miss!

stuffed artichokes

I grew up in the Northeast and we definitely didn’t eat many fresh artichokes, I only discovered them after I moved to California.  My friends who grew up here take them for granted, and remember warm spring nights where piles of cheap and plentiful artichokes were steamed up for dinner…always with a big bowl of melted butter in the center of the table.  Now that I have had my eyes opened to the wonders of artichokes, I know they are truly one of the joys of spring

fiore viola (purple) artichokes

When the specialty produce company Frieda’s sent me a box of gorgeous Fiore Viola purple artichokes to try, I knew I wanted to do something more than steam them and dip them in butter.  With the foodie memory of my Provencal Stuffed Artichokes in the back of my mind, I set out to make a similar dish with a different flavor profile.  Rosemary, lemon, olives, pine nuts, and feta cheese make a Greek themed stuffing that evokes another part of the Mediterranean.  It’s a nice chunky, hearty stuffing with great tangy flavor.

Greek Stuffed Artichokes

I consider myself a hearty eater, and these artichokes are so meaty, and the crumb stuffing so satisfying, that I can easily make a meal out of one of them.  A simple salad and a glass of wine and you’re set.

artichokes stuffed with lemon, olives, feta and pine nuts

Prepping the artichokes is the part that always scared me away in the past, but I’ve learned that, like most scary things, it’s just a matter of doing it a couple of times.  I lopped off an inch or so from the top and scooped out the inedible central parts – the purple leafy bits and the hairy choke.  All you need is a teaspoon to do this, and it leaves you with a nice cavity for your stuffing.  Have a bowl of lemon water handy to keep the prepped artichokes from browning.  I steam them for a few minutes just to soften them and get them ready for stuffing.

prepping artichokes

Globe artichokes have tightly packed leaves, so I gently loosen them and pry the outer leaves open a bit so that some of the lovely stuffing gets into as many of the crevices as possible.  The flavors permeate the whole thing as it bakes.

prepearing Greek style stuffed artichokes

Another harbinger of spring is that my rosemary plants have lots of tender shoots growing from them.  While rosemary is normally a ‘woody’ herb, the spring shoots are super tender.  I highly recommend growing rosemary in your yard if you can, it’s hardy, and thrives almost anywhere.  I snipped tons of it for the stuffing.

rosemary

Greek Style Stuffed Artichokes

Yield: serves 2

Greek Style Stuffed Artichokes

Ingredients

    stuffing
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil (plus more for drizzling)
  • 1 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 1 large clove garlic, minced
  • 1 generous cup bread crumbs (I make my own with stale bread)
  • 1 Tbsp fresh minced rosemary
  • 10-12 marinated Greek olives, pitted and finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • lots of fresh cracked black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1 Tbsp finely grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • zest and juice of 1 lemon

Instructions

  1. Set oven to 350F
  2. First make the stuffing. Heat the olive oil and butter in a skillet and saute the garlic and pine nuts for a few minutes.
  3. Add the bread crumbs to the pan, along with the rosemary, olives, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes. Saute for about 5 minutes until everything is nice and toasty.
  4. Take off the heat and mix in the Parmesan cheese, and then toss with the feta and lemon zest.
  5. Prepare a large bowl of water and squeeze the juice of 1 lemon into it. Throw in the leftover lemon after it has been squeezed. You can use them to rub the cut parts of the artichokes as you work.
  6. Working with one artichoke at a time, trim the stem end of the artichokes so they will sit nicely in a baking dish. Use a large sharp knife to trim off the tops of the artichokes, maybe about 1 1/2 inches from the top.
  7. Use a small spoon to scoop out the inedible parts, the purple leafy bits and the hairy chokes. This will leave you with a cavity. Sprinkle the cut edges with lemon juice to prevent browning as you work. Put the finished artichoke cut side down, in the lemon water.
  8. Set a steamer basket in a large pot and fill just to the bottom of the basket with water. Bring the water to a boil and steam the two artichokes for about 15-20 minutes.
  9. Remove the artichokes and set them, face up, in a baking pan.
  10. When they are cool enough to handle, use your fingers to gently open the leaves and layers for stuffing. Fill the main cavity of each artichoke with the stuffing, and let the extra fall into as many layers and leaves as you can.
  11. Drizzle the artichokes with a little bit of olive oil and lemon juice. Pour 1/2 cup water in the bottom of the pan, cover loosely with foil, and bake for about 25 minutes. Be sure to check for doneness, because artichokes can vary a lot in size and density...a small sharp knife should pierce the bottom of the artichoke easily.
  12. Eat hot from the oven, with lemon wedges on the side.

Notes

To eat, pull the individual leaves off and eat the tender parts. The closer you get to the center, the more tender the leaves are, and when you get to the heart, just use a knife and fork to finish it off, that's the best part!

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Greek stuffed artichokes

These beautiful artichokes are a sure sign that spring is actually on its way!

stuffed artichokes, Greek style

15 Comments

  • Reply
    Abbe+@+This+is+How+I+Cook
    March 3, 2015 at 7:48 pm

    Had to come over, because I knew you would have gorgeous photos! I think artichokes are spectacular and you certainly did them justice!

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    Oakley @ Frieda's
    March 2, 2015 at 3:48 pm

    Oh, Sue! What are you doing to us?! LOL We’re going to have to steal some ‘chokes from the warehouse and try to make these now. Darn it… :-)

    So happy you enjoy these purple artichokes!

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    Susan
    March 2, 2015 at 7:26 am

    I forgot to mention that we returned from a beautiful week of vacation in the desert area about a week ago where we enjoyed some of the best weather in the entire country! Had fresh artichokes for dinner one night :)

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    Susan
    March 2, 2015 at 7:13 am

    We LOVE fresh artichokes! Of course, here in Wisconsin they’re usually quite expensive and not nearly as fresh as those you can get in California. So jealous. Just the thought of getting down to the base and dipping it in melted butter has my mouth watering. Great recipe!

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    Sippitysup
    March 1, 2015 at 8:45 am

    I’ve got purple artichokes in the fridge right now! I’ve been thinking and rethinking what to do with them. Really. Strange but true. GREG

    • Reply
      Sue
      March 1, 2015 at 8:53 am

      Haha :)

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    Angie@Angie's+Recipes
    March 1, 2015 at 5:21 am

    I have never cooked fresh artichokes…this looks truly amazing!

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    Carol+at+Wild+Goose+Tea
    February 28, 2015 at 9:49 pm

    Wow I have been eating artichokes in a tasty, but boring way. This is a intriguingly fab recipe.

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    February 28, 2015 at 6:03 pm

    Greek takeout is tonight’s dinner plan so I’m loving these artichokes – great flavors!

    • Reply
      Sue
      February 28, 2015 at 7:42 pm

      I love nothing better than take out — but Greek? I can’t think of one Greek restaurant around here, how strange!

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    LoriM
    February 28, 2015 at 3:45 pm

    I think I would eat the stuffing all by itself – I adore rosemary!!!!!

    • Reply
      Sue
      February 28, 2015 at 3:47 pm

      I know, rosemary has got a really wonderful flavor, and the fresh shoots are especially fragrant.

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    Amanda
    February 28, 2015 at 3:41 pm

    These look so good — I can’t wait to see artichokes in my super market, although I’ve never seen purple ones!

    • Reply
      Sue
      February 28, 2015 at 3:49 pm

      I don’t usually see the purple ones either, but all that seems to be changing, with more specialty produce showing up in regular stores, which is so great for us!

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      Oakley @ Frieda's
      March 2, 2015 at 3:47 pm

      HI Amanda! Hope you can find these purple beauties in your store soon. You can always ask your produce manager about Frieda’s exclusive purple artichokes! Email us at mail@friedas.com if you need help locating some. We can try to track them down for ya. :)

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