Thursday, June 4, 2009

Liquid Sunshine

It was misting outside so thus I required comfort food. Bonus, this one is super easy and quick too. Perfect for evenings when all you want to do is curl up with a blanket on the couch.

Stuffed Artichokes:

1/2 to 1 Artichoke per person
Rice - boxed mix or your own
Ricotta Cheese
Seasoned Panko
Seasoned Crushed Tomatoes

Clean artichokes. Cut off stems and remove coarse thick leaves. Trim off the points on the remaining leaves. Cut artichoke in half to reveal heart.

Tear out the heart. Yes I am cruel, I just rip it out :) Set the heart aside. Scoop out the fuzzy part and discard. Do this with the remaining chokes.

Start your rice. Add a little bit of extra water or broth. Tear the hearts into small pieces and stir into the uncooked rice mixture.

Place the artichoke halves in the rice so that they touch the bottom of the pan and are mostly covered with liquid. A skillet with lid works really well.

Cook until rice and artichokes are tender and liquid is reduced. Keep in eye on the artichokes so that they do not overcook. Remove early if necessary.

Place artichokes on an oven safe pan. Fill with rice. Top rice with ricotta and then panko. Broil until the panko is browned and the cheese is warm.

Plate and serve with remaining rice and crushed tomatoes. Simple and easy.

Now throw what you can in the dishwasher and curl up in front of the TV with a big bowl of comfort!


Dajana said...

Absolutely gorgeous.
I never know what to do with artichokes.

Michele said...

I never had rice with my artichokes before but it certainly looks beautiful. I love the raindrops on the window in the background!

Unknown said...

I love artichokes!! The recipe sounds really yummy and the picture is beautiful! totally captures the feel of "comfort" :)

Marian said...

It's breakfast time, but I feel like eating this now! I've never actually prepared artichokes, but am inspired by your pics to try them out.

Anonymous said...

As much as I cook, artichokes have always stumped me. They seem like such a pain in the ass. However, if someone were to cook this for me, I would clean the entire kitchen.

The Moon Muse said...

Robert - well your cook would very lucky then. Easy dish and no clean up!