Stuffed globe artichokes (Qaqqocc mimli)

Globe artichokes are in season and plentiful so its the best time to cook them. When I was small I used to feel when eating them that it was like I was playing cards . My son Ibrahim loves stuffed artichokes . This is my gran & mum’s recipe .

Trim & wash globe artichokes. Keep a piece about 2in of the stem peel and chop it finely and add to the stuffing. Tap the top of the artichoke on the chopping board several times to open the leaves so it will be easier to fill.

In a big bowl crumble day old bread into crumbs. Add chopped olives,peeled and chopped tomatoes,chopped anchovy fillets,tinned tuna,capers,lots of chopped parsley and some mint,if you like some chopped fresh or dried chili flakes,lots of fresh or dry garlic,grated lemon zest,black pepper & salt according to taste. Enough olive oil to bind the mixture.

Fill the center and between the leaves of the artichoke and place in a pot . Best if the artichokes are placed tightly together so they do not move during cooking and lose the stuffing.

Put some water in a jug ,add some lemon juice,a dash or 2 of vinegar and some salt. mIx and pour in pot not more than 2/3 the height of the artichokes. Drizzle some olive oil over them ,cover with the lid and cook on high heat until it starts to boil then simmer for about an hour or so on low heat. Check by pulling a leaf ,if it comes off easily its done.

Serve with steamed or boiled veg like broccoli or cauliflower,boiled potatoes with choped garlic ,parsley and olive dressing,tinned tuna ,olives or a salad. And of course fresh crusty Maltese bread . Enjoy !  😉

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