19 January 2010

Qaqoc at last

Finally cooked up some artichokes, using the local recipe recommended by Zen. There are many variations on this, but the one I tried proved very tasty and I may not stray far.
Maltese Stuffed Artichokes
(serving for three large artichokes)
4-5  large olives, pitted and chopped
 1 Tbs Capers
 handful of fresh parsley (around 1/4 cup when chopped)
2 garlic cloves finely shopped
three sun dried tomatoes finely chopped
4 anchovies
 four slices of stale bread toasted

If using a food processor start with the garlic and toasted bread and chop fine, then add parsley, capers, anchovies and olives and lastly the wet ingredients ending with a tablespoon of olive oil, dash of vinegar and a bit of salt and pepper. I would separately chop the dried tomatoes and add them towards the end, as they can clog up the machine. Whiz it to a rough paste and then spoon the mixture behind each leaf.
Place the artichokes in a covered  pot with at least two to three inches of water (they take around 45 min to cook) try an outer leaf to test.
Can be eaten hot or cold.


  1. I love artichokes but have always shied away from cooking them!! I'm a bit of a contradiction when it comes to cooking...I can get a bit of a mental block (fear) of cooking certain things. I can cook a curry completely from scratch but the thought of making a bechamel sauce for lasagne makes me want to go running for the hills!! Artichokes don't make me feel quite that nervous but close to it....
    (God that sounds so sad!!)

    C x

  2. my little caramel might not be up for artichokes yet, but I am. Lovely! thank you for this. kenza.

  3. Sounds delicious, must try it next time I stumble over artichokes - which will NOT be in our garden since it is still covered by snow and temperature remains below ZERO!!! Longing for Spring and Summer

  4. i love everything about this recipe!

  5. Wow I feel honoured that you concocted a recipe out of a comment I made in one of your posts!! I'm glad you liked your meal. Incidentally, I bought a couple of artichokes yesterdays and hopefully tomorrow I'll prepare this mouthwatering meal.


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