Meatless Monday A-Z

August 6, 2012

Happy Monday! Today I am linking up with Heather for Meatless Mondays.

Heather started this as a way to begin cooking with new foods. Each Monday there is a new food theme starting with A this week, going to Z. I loved the idea of forcing myself to try cooking with new foods (and cooking vegetarian)! Todays food was artichoke.

Meatless Monday from A Z

I am pretty familiar with artichokes and was happy to ease into week one with a food I am familiar with. I decided to make stuffed artichokes because I have always wanted to cook one of those, but never had. After searching online for a good recipe I decided to just make one up using what I had in the apartment. However, I did get some basic ideas from this recipe. (This website has great directions for cutting and seperating the artichoke.)

artichoke inspiration via

Here is how I made mine...

1 artichoke
1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
1/4 cup goat cheese
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 sprigs cilantro
2 tablespoon minced garlic
1 can chicken broth


  • Pre-heat the oven to 375.
  • Fill up a dutch oven (or another pan you can cook on the stove and bake) with the chicken broth and 1 tablespoon garlic. Simmer on medium-low.
  • Cut off the stem and the top of the artichoke. Then cut the points off the tops of each leaf. 
  • In a small bowl mix the bread crumbs, goat cheese, 1 tablespoon garlic, chopped cilantro and olive oil. 
  • Separate the leaves of the artichoke, hollow out the inside, and stuff with the bread crumb/cheese mixture. You can also stuff the leaves on the side. 

  • Place the artichoke in the pot on the stove and simmer for 30 minutes. Check the liquid level every 10 minutes, adding water when it gets low. 
  • After 30 minutes put the whole pot in the oven (it's okay if there is still liquid in the bottom). Bake for about 40 minutes until the bread crumbs turn brown and the leaves pull from the artichoke easily. 
  • Enjoy while hot (but don't burn your tongue!). 

I was very happy with how this turned out. I usually dip my artichokes in a little bit of melted butter but this didn't need anything extra. Steven even liked this and he is not a fan of goat cheese! 


  1. hi Traci! I am here from Heathers MMAZ! I love your artichoke recipe, sounds great!

    1. thanks Kristina! I am looking forward to making some different variations of this soon :)

  2. Gorgeous dish! Your shots are amazing - I can almost taste it. :)

    1. Thanks girl! Now I just have to work on my ironing skills! :)

  3. How can you not like goat cheese?! Steven is crazy. This looks delicious!

    1. He is crazy! I might make it my life mission to convert him to a goat cheese lover!

  4. Can I tell you how excited I am that you joined the party today?! Thank you for helping me kick off the concept - you created a beautiful dish. I love that second photo the best. :)

    1. it was fun! i am glad i was able to get everything together for monday! now i just have to figure out what to do with beets. :)


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