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Author Notes: i actually made ricotta this week and because it spoils quickly have been using it in many of my recipes this week. - christy
Makes 6 small or 3-4 large
- 6 small artichokes, washed and trimmed
- 1 cup fresh ricotta
- 1/4 cup grated parmesan
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon lemon zest
- 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
- pinches sea salt
- pinches black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
- steam artichokes in water until the leaves can be gently tugged from the base--approximately 25-35 minutes
- meanwhile, mix together the ricotta, parmesan, egg, lemon zest, lemon juice, salt, pepper and thyme in a small bowl.
- when the artichokes are done, remove from steamer and allow to cool enough to handle.
- once cool, gently remove the tender light green interior leaves to expose the choke. also remove the choke with a spoon.
- spread the remaining leaves of the artichoke gently out to form a cup. fill the cup with the ricotta mixture
- stand the artichokes in a pan or cupcake tin and place in a 350 degree oven for approximately 20 minutes. allow the cheese to souffle and the top to brown slightly.
- remove from oven and serve warm as part of an assembled salad or by itself.
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Recipe with Fresh Ricotta
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