Sunday, March 27, 2011

Artichoke Rustica

These roasted artichokes have a char cooked taste with no rustic brick oven needed. Best part is they're right from your oven. They have salty chunks of hard cheese and a savory flavor you'll love. My mom remembers her momma charring a tray of artichokes in their brick oven and what a treat they were.

My nona had a brick oven that fit 32 loaves of her house. During the second world war, there were bombardments happening in Palermo.  Palermo is the big city near Cinisi, my mothers town.  A family from Palermo came to Cinisi to live to avoid the bombings.  They rented 1 floor in my nona's house.  They were bakers and soon had built a huge oven in their apartment.  They continued to make a living by selling breads and pastries.  My nona was lucky that way.  She was always able to get her hands on something special even when pastries, a luxury item then, were hard to come by.  Those people lived in my nona's house for 5 or 6 years, then went back to Palermo after the war ended. The oven was there till just a few years ago.

My version is for those of us who don't have a brick oven.

You'll need:

6 artichokes
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1/4 lb of hard Italian cheese, I used Cacchiocavallo cheese, or you can use Parmigiano, cut into thin sliced
Salt and pepper to taste
1/4 cup parsley, finely chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil per artichoke
1 cup of water for the bottom of the tray
1 small chicken bouillon

Cut tops off of artichoke 1/4 of the way down

Spread out the leaves to make the artichoke roomy for the stuffing

Add 3 pieces of cheese to each artichoke, pushing it well down into the leaves

Add 1/2 finely chopped garlic clove to each artichoke
Salt and pepper to taste
Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil over each artichoke
Sprinkle each artichoke with parsley
Arrange the artichokes in a tray and add 1 cup of water and the 1 small bouillon to the bottom of the tray
Cover loosely with aluminum foil and bake at 450 degrees for 1 hour

The water will dry up and the artichoke will char a bit on the bottom.
Serves 6 happy people.


  1. Do these artichokes ever look awesome. I have been just newly learning how to cook or bake or whatever to artichokes and having a lot of fun and really making some great dishes. Going to add yours to my have to make file. Thanks so much.

  2. Ooh, these look so good Julia!!

  3. Thank you for your comments!! My husband loves artichokes so I try to fit them in here and there whenever I can. these are great ;)

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