Southern Italian Baby Artichokes.

Total Time
Prep 25 mins
Cook 30 mins

These are SERIOUSLY addictive! I learned these from a woman from Calabria Italy. She is an amazing cook! So worth all the work.


  1. Juice 1 lemon into large bowl filled with cold water. Add remnant lemon also.
  2. Set bowl of water next to prep area.
  3. Juice 1 more lemon set juice aside.
  4. Take each artichoke and remove top few layers of dark green leaves exsposing slightly lighter more tender leaves underneath.
  5. Snap off artichoke long stems.
  6. With kitchen shears cut up 1/2 inch of the top of artichoke. Add to lemon water, otherwise they will darken.
  7. Boil enough water to cover artichokes with second lemon juice.
  8. Once boiling add artichokes for 10 minutes.
  9. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  10. Strain and pat dry.
  11. In metal pot, large enough to hold artichokes SNUGGLY heat 1 tblsp oil and 4 cloves of mashed garlic over low to medium heat, allow to become tender.
  12. Set artichokes stem side down into pot, make sure they are snug.
  13. Add enough olive oil to reach halfway up artichokes.
  14. Bake uncovered for 15-20 minutes. ( Leaves should pull away fairly easily when done).
  15. Once cooked discard most of oil, leave enough to toss to coat and season generously with pepper and salt add 1 handful 1/2 cup of italian bread crumbs.
Most Helpful

I love artichokes but this was my first taste of baby artichokes. OMG! I loved them. I made them exactly as instructed and they were great. The bread crumbs at the end give them a nice little crunch. They also have no choke so when you have eaten them down a little you are home free! I had them with a little miracle whip.

luv2fix April 17, 2009

Just made this today. I had a bunch of baby artichokes and it was great. Not as good as stuffed artichokes, but in a pinch it did fine.

berniluvstocook May 02, 2008

Generally speaking, artichokes ARE worth the time & energy & these are NO exception! I saved the cooking oil in a gkass jar to use in another recipe. Please remember to eat the garlic! It is soft, caramelized and OMG, delicious! I had 10 baby artichokes for 4 people & it wasn't nearly enough. I don't see how 12 will serve 5??? Thanks for the yummy recipe!

Elmotoo March 24, 2008