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Sunday, April 10, 2011

Artichoke Pie

Nope, I did not have a clever title for this one. Not even a little bit.

My Auntie Lynn makes this and she sent me the recipe after I devoured most of it one Thanksgiving. It's a Martha (groan), but let's get real: bitch has some seriously good recipes. And she was in prison, so she's badass:

Artichoke Pie
1 1/2 cups fresh breadcrumbs
1/4 cup finely chopped curly leaf parsley
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup Pecorino Romano cheese
1 tbsp mixed dried herbs; thyme, oregano and savory, or Italian seasoning blend
1 tsp coarse or sea salt
freshly ground pepper
2 cans artichoke hearts
2/3 cup olive oil
1/4 fresh lemon juice (juice of two small or one large lemon)
1 tsp freshly grated lemon zest
2 garlic cloves, minced

Preheat the oven to 325. Combine breadcrumbs, parsley, cheeses, herbs and salt and a medium bowl, season with pepper and set aside. Bruch oil inside one large pie pan or two small.

Drain artichoke hearts. Take each heart and cut it into three, then line the bottom of your pie pan with it. Fit them together as closely as you can with no gaps, like you're playing artichoke heart tetris, if you will:

Sprinkle breadcrumb mixture over the artichokes and tap the bottom of your pan on the counter, to make sure the breadcrumbs get into each crack (he he, crack). Whisk oil, lemon juice, zest and garlic in a small bowl and drizzle evening over breadcrumb topping. This is not as easy as it sounds. I use a ladle, because it makes it a little easier and less likely you will spill large amounts of the oil in one spot. If a few spots are still dry when you are done, fill in the gaps with plain, drizzled olive oil.

Cover the dish(es) with a cut circle of parchment paper, then with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Increase temp to 375, uncover and bake for another 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Serve piping hot.

This dish is great to make for holidays like my Aunt does because it transports easily, makes a nice addition to a plate of salad, is a vegetarian option, and is great with gravy on top too (if you happen to be like me and drown everything on your plate in it when it's available. Gravy is the king of the condiments. They should sell it in a squeeze bottle. I might make it a little crown for next Thanksgiving. One that fits over the gravy boat).

PS - I will do my best (other than talking about my friends and my cat and my sex life, obv.) to leave my personal crap off this blog as I'm sure it's interesting to almost no one except my mother, and maybe not even her. But when something epic occurs/is about to occur, I must dish, such as now: Carri and I are going on a business trip to Vegas together. That needs to be louder: CARRI AND I ARE GOING ON A BUSINESS TRIP TO VEGAS TOGETHER.

Poor Carri has her work cut out for her, because I have a lifelong phobia of flying that I've been trying to battle for a few months now, ever since I realized I'm 32 and afraid to fly and that living in fear, even of one thing, is no way to live one's life. So, to Vegas. I've taken the course, I've had the therapy sessions, here we go. I'll be heavily sedated and in good company, for I must say (and not just because she might read this) that Carri is one of my very favorite people, and letting her see me bug-eyed with fear seems about the right path our friendship should go down (especially since I made a label that said "yambag" and put it on the back of her chair, where it remained unnoticed for a few hours on Friday afternoon. Unnoticed, that is, by her). In addition to being fun, Carri is kind and judgment-free, so I feel comfortable crushing her fingers in my sweaty palm while we get our cross-border jet-set on. Not sure how she feels about it, however. But forewarned is forearmed. (I think we're pretty equal in the quirky department though: once she called me a "fucking asshole" because I said I was going to make beans for dinner, and we have both taken secret videos of each other at our desks to prove to the other that she has bad posture).

This is going to be just fucking awesome!

And we are going to eat at a nice restaurant, not sure which one yet. And I will write about it. Oh yes. 


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