Holidays stand for the season of family get together and meeting with friends and catching up with old forgotten memories. All this however is incomplete without some good meal.
Are we prepared for what to serve? A healthy recipe for holidays can go a long way in helping us to plan a good holiday.
Let us talk about a “Holiday Appetizer”.
Tips from the Dietician’s desk: Stuffed form of artichokes creates a side dish with a lot of appeal and substance. The plain yet flavored stuffing helps in complementing the nuttiness of the artichokes without overshadowing them.
The following recipes serves eight people
The ingredients being two cups of bread crumbs –fresh and if possible of whole wheat, and one tablespoon of olive oil, with four large sized artichokes, one third fraction of a cup of aggravated Parmesan cheese, two halved lemons, three finely chopped garlic cloves, on tablespoon full of aggravated zest of lemon, along with two tablespoons of fine chopped and fresh flat parsley leaf.
One cup and two to four tablespoons of vegetable stock, broth, or chicken stock, one tablespoon of shredded shallot, with one cup of “dry white wine”, and last but not the least one teaspoon size of fresh oregano sliced.
Directions to cook: First we need to preheat the oven at a temperature of four hundred Fahrenheit. Mix the bread crumbs with olive oil in a bowl, flip it slightly to coat properly, then sprinkle the bread crumbs into a superficial baking pan and start to bake. Do stir once it is halfway through. Continue the process till the crumbs get light golden in color –for around ten minutes duration then set it away to cool.
We should focus on one artichoke one time. Start with snapping off all hard outer leaves and then we need to spruce off the stem flush along with base. The top one third part of the artichoke leaves needs to be cut off and any residual thorns need to be trimmed off as well.
The cut ends should be treated with lemon to prevent discoloration followed by separating the leaves inside and separating the small center leaves, then lemon juice should be squeezed in the cavity. The same method should be followed on all the artichokes.
Get a large bowl to toss Parmesan, garlic, lemon zest, parsley, and pepper with the bread crumbs. Now the stock should be added to it one tablespoon one time, and only enough should be used so as to begin the stuffing sticking together in tiny clumps.
Two thirds of the stuffing should be used mounding it faintly in the artichoke’s center. Then we should start from bottom by spreading open the leaves and add a rounded form of teaspoon stuffing at the base of every leaf.
Now using a Dutch oven containing a lid that’s tight fit one cup stock, shallot, and oregano should be added. After boiling the temperature should be lowered followed by arranging the artichokes with the stem-end in down position and leaving them in a single layer in the liquid it should be simmered by covering until the outer leaves get tender, maybe for about forty five minutes. Let the artichokes get down in temperature slightly and serve them warm.