Artichokes are a real interesting way to spice up any kind of meal. The interestingly shaped vegetable is really a thistle that is grown as food.
The Genovese-style artichoke is one good way to enjoy this food. To make it you will need 3 tablespoons olive oil, plus 1/4 cup, 1 pound button or Roman mushrooms, trimmed and chopped, 1 onion, diced, 4 garlic cloves, chopped, 4 slices prosciutto, chopped, 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves, 1/2 cup grated Parmesan, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, 4 fresh artichokes, trimmed and cleaned, and 2 cups white wine.
To prepare, first in a large skillet heat 3 tablespoons of olive oil over a medium high flame and add the mushrooms, onions, and garlic.
Cook them stirring often and until the mushrooms are tender and the onions gold. Place the mushrooms in a bowl and allow to cool then add the prosciutto, parsley, Parmesan, salt, and pepper and stir to combine.
Pull the artichoke leaves apart and widen the spaces. Then stuff the mushroom mixture between the leaves and place them in a pan. Add the wine and 1 cup of water and olive oil. Cover the pan and allow to simmer for 45 minutes until he artichokes are tender. Remove from the flame and serve hot.
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