Baby Artichokes Stuffed with Fresh Mozzarella Cheese

The artichoke as you can see in the picture is a lot smaller then the typical artichoke. This dish can be made by using the larger ones, but the nice thing with the smaller ones is that there is less of the hair or prickly insides in the center. Don’t confuse these with the extremely small kind that come in a package of 10-12 artichokes, which are way too small to stuff.  Serve as an appetizer or a side dish. If you like this recipe try Baby Artichokes Stuffed with Israeli Couscous.  Serves 4.

Ingredients

4 baby artichokes
½ of a lemon
2 cups of water
Sprinkle of kosher salt
8 oz. of a fresh mozzarella log
2 teaspoons of a Zatar seasoning

Technique

Cut stem off of each of the artichokes. Then cut between a ½ inch and an 1 inch off the top of each of the artichokes. Place in large Dutch oven or large pot with salt, lemon juice and water. Cover and simmer for about an hour until leaves are tender and can easily be removed.

In a medium sized baking dish bake fresh mozzarella at 375 degrees for 15 – 20 minutes until thoroughly melted.

Remove cooked artichokes from Dutch oven or pot and remove center portion carefully with a spoon. These will not have as many hairs or rough parts as the large artichokes so remove it gently. Fill each artichoke with a generous dollop of melted cheese and sprinkle with a ½ teaspoon of zatar seasoning.

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