The arrival of Europeans in the Americas was without a doubt one of the most important events in modern history, including food history. Many foods that were native to the Americas were brought to Europe and even more European products were brought back to America. Many Americans, especially Italian-Americans, celebrate Columbus Day with food. Food from Italy and many other countries are highlighted at parades and celebrations. In honor of the meal that Christopher Columbus must have eaten on the sail to the Americas, people cook a typical seamen’s dinner. That meal consisted of fish, potatoes, beef, cheese and a variety of other foods such as rice, dried fruits and legumes.
|Italy- Late 1800's |
(hard to see, click on photo)
Vincent & Josphine Puzelli
on my mom's side
6 medium artichokes
1 1/4 cups of bread crumbs (plain)
1/2 cup of grated Pecorino-Romano cheese
1/2 cup of fresh chopped parsley
2 teaspoons of minced garlic (fresh or jar)
3/4 teaspoon of salt & freshly ground pepper to taste
1/3 cup of olive oil or vegetable oil
Cut off stem and ¾ off the top of artichoke. Then remove some of the outer leaves at the bottom. Use scissors to clip off top of side leaves. (that removes the sticky point on each leaf) Then wash in deep bowl. Fill large pot with water and boil. Place the artichokes in pot carefully and lower heat to medium for about 7 minutes. Fork test bottom of artichoke for tenderness. If fork goes in and out easily, they are done. Next drain and run cold water on artichokes let them sit and cool off. While they are cooling down, mix the bread crumbs, parsley, minced garlic, grated cheese and a sprinkle of salt with pepper. Mix in a little oil with hands. When it feels like a sandy consistency then you are ready to fill. Gently spread the leaves a little apart and sprinkle some of the bread crumb mixture between each of the leaves. Place the now stuffed artichokes in a glass Pyrex baking dish. (7x11x1.5) Drizzle a small amount of oil on top of each artichoke. Put a small amount of water in bottom of pan about ¼ inch deep. Bake for about 25-30 minutes at 350° The top should be a little browned and crispy, when they are ready to eat.
Till Next Time…….
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