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Braised Stuffed Artichokes with Sweet Garlic

Braised Stuffed Artichokes with Sweet Garlic

YIELD: 6 servings

2½ cups cubed day-old Italian bread, crust removed
1 egg
4 oz. Wisconsin Pleasant Ridge Reserve cheese, cut into small cubes
2 Tbsps. grated Wisconsin SarVecchio cheese
Juice of 1 lemon
6 fresh artichokes
24 pearl onions, peeled
roasted garlic cloves
3 anchovy filets
¼ cup olive oil
1 cup white wine
as needed, salt and pepper

1. for stuffing: Heat oven to 375°F. Place bread cubes in food processor bowl fitted with metal blade. Process to make fine crumbs. Measure out 2 cups into large bowl. Add egg; toss to coat breadcrumbs. Stir in both cheeses. Set aside.

2. For Artichokes: Add lemon juice to kettle of water. Trim stem and outer rows of leaves from artichokes. Cut off top ¼ of each artichoke. Scoop out interior of artichokes, including the fuzzy choke. Dip artichokes in lemon water often to prevent oxidation. Dry artichokes well. Stuff with cheese mixture.

3. Place stuffed artichokes, stems up, in large lightly oiled baking dish. Add onions, garlic and anchovies to baking dish. Drizzle with olive oil and wine. Cover dish with aluminum foil. Bake 45 minutes or until artichokes are tender, turning stem side down after 25 minutes.

4. Final Preparation: Place artichokes on one large serving plate. Drizzle with sauce and decorate the plate with onions and garlic.

Recipe and photo: the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, Inc.

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