Italian-Stuffed Artichokes

Our Nonna Pat’s favorite way to serve artichokes!

Ingredients:
1 lemon, halved
6 whole artichokes
¾ cup fresh breadcrumbs
½ cup grated Grana-style cheese
1 garlic clove, minced
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves
Sea salt and fresh ground black pepper

Method:
1. To prep the artichokes, squeeze the lemon halves into a large bowl and fill the bowl with cold water. Trim the bottom off each artichoke. Trim off the tough outer leaves and snip the thorny tips off the top leaves. As each one is completed, place it in the lemon water to prevent it from discoloring.

2. In a small bowl, combine the breadcrumbs, cheese, garlic and parsley and then season with salt and pepper. Pull each leaf open slightly from each artichoke and stuff a little of the filling into the opening. Place the artichokes snugly side by side in a large pan with a tight-fitting lid. Add 1 inch of water to the pot. Cover, bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and steam until the bottoms of the artichokes are tender, 35 to 45 minutes; a knife should insert easily.

3. Remove from pot and serve artichokes hot.

Spring Color Recipes

Starring a beautiful roasted carrot and ginger soup, this week’s delivery fittingly celebrates the season’s most colorful offerings, from ruby-red rhubarb and bright green asparagus to baby red beets and purple spring onions, plus fresh-cut yellow daffodils straight from the Skagit Valley. Complemented by a fruity French Sauvignon Blanc, rich and silky crème fraîche and beautiful oversize duck eggs, this color-rich lineup is fit for brunch, lunch and beyond.

Here are a few recipe ideas for the week:

Spring Salad with Deviled Duck Egg Vinaigrette
This salad puts both egg yolks and whites to delicious use.

Baby Red Beet & Snap Pea Salad
This colorful salad is perfectly complemented by a lemon-honey vinaigrette.

Lemon-Honey Vinaigrette
This lovely vinaigrette is bright with lemon juice, sweet honey and fresh parsley.

Roasted Asparagus with Fried Duck Eggs
This easy sheet pan dish is topped with bright lemon juice.

Sugar Snap Peas with Lemon Breadcrumbs
This light, crunchy side makes beautiful use of fresh snap peas.

Grilled Spring Onions with Lemon & Thyme
This recipe elevates green onions from garnish to a stunning side dish.

Scorzonera Fritters

These delightful, Italian-style fritters make a wonderful appetizer, or just serve alongside a green salad to make it a full meal.

Ingredients:
4 Scorzonera roots, trimmed of greens
2 teaspoons fresh thyme
2 tablespoons butter
1 egg, lightly beaten
3 tablespoons fresh breadcrumbs
2 tablespoons grated Grana-style cheese
1 clove garlic, minced
3 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
¼ cup polenta
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper
Olive oil (for frying)
Lemon wedges (for serving)

Method:
1. Wash and scrub Scorzonera, then peel off skin with a vegetable peeler. Grate Scorzonera into a large bowl using a box grater. (You should have about 1½ cups once grated.) Place a large frying pan over medium heat and add butter to melt. Add in grated Scorzonera and thyme. Stir and fry until Scorzonera has softened, about 15 minutes, and then remove from heat.

2. In a bowl, combine Scorzonera, egg, breadcrumbs, Grana cheese, parsley and garlic, then season generously with salt and pepper. Divide mixture into 6-8 even patties (each about the size of a crab cake).

3. Place the polenta in a bowl, then dip each patty into the polenta and coat on both sides. Place pan back on medium heat and add enough olive oil to coat, Fry the fritters until golden, about 4-5 minutes per side. Transfer to paper-towel lined plate to drain, then serve warm with lemon wedges on the side.

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