Sausage & Quinoa Stuffed Artichokes
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Serves: 3 artichokes
  • 3 artichokes, stemmed & trimmed (see video)
  • 1 lb spicy italian sausage, casings removed
  • 1 cup quinoa (cooked according to package)
  • ½ cup grated parmesan
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 3-5 cups water
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  1. First in a medium pan over medium heat add your sausage and brown.
  2. Once sausage has finished browning add your cooked quinoa and mix together.
  3. Taking each artichoke, carefully peel back leaves until center is exposed (but you don't need to expose the choke)
  4. Next stuff about 1-2 tsp at a time of sausage/quinoa between the layers. Continue to do this all around, packing the center with about ⅓ cup of the stuffing. Repeat this step for all artichokes.
  5. Next in a large pot with a lid add your artichokes. Add water to pot (being careful to not pour water on artichokes) until the bottom leaves are almost covered but still not having water pour into the actual artichoke.
  6. Drizzle ¼ cup of olive oil all over artichokes & water. Salt & pepper the tops of the artichoke (about ¼ tsp for each) and then add about 1 tbsp of salt to the water.
  7. Place lid on pot and put pot on stove top over high heat. Bring water to a boil and then turn heat down to a simmer and let artichokes steam for about 60-80 minutes.
  8. To make sure they are done carefully pull off a leaf in the middle of the artichoke and pull to make sure the meat is tender and can be pulled off easily.
  9. Once leaves can be easily removed and are soft (meat falls off easily when pulled with teeth) add a little more salt & pepper and then top with parmesan and serve.
Recipe by My Lavender Blues at