Sicilian Stuffed Artichokes


This is an old Sicilian recipe given to me by my MIL.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 5 mins
Additional Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 50 mins
4 artichokes


  • 4 large fresh artichokes

  • 1 fresh lemon, cut into wedges

  • 8 ounces pecorino Romano cheese, thinly sliced

  • 4 cloves garlic

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, or to taste

  • 1 pinch salt


  1. Cut the stems and the tops off each artichoke. Wiggle the artichoke back and forth with your thumbs to open the leaves. Snap off and discard the tough outer leaves.

  2. Place lemon wedges in a large bowl of water. Soak artichokes for 30 minutes.

  3. Remove the artichokes from the water and shake off excess water. Insert slices of pecorino Romano cheese between the artichoke leaves. Place a garlic clove into the centre of each artichoke.

  4. Place a steamer insert into a saucepan and fill with water to just below the bottom of the steamer. Arrange artichokes upright in the steamer. Drizzle olive oil over the artichokes and water; add salt. Bring water to a boil. Cook artichokes until the cheese in the centre has melted and you can easily pull an outer leaf away, about 1 hour.

Cook's Note:

If you don't have a steamer basket, just wedge artichokes in a pot with no room to move. Make sure artichokes are not touching the bottom of the pot. Add water to 1 inch below the artichokes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

365 Calories
22g Fat
23g Carbs
24g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 365
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 22g 29%
Saturated Fat 11g 54%
Cholesterol 59mg 20%
Sodium 873mg 38%
Total Carbohydrate 23g 8%
Dietary Fiber 10g 36%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 24g
Vitamin C 42mg 208%
Calcium 697mg 54%
Iron 3mg 16%
Potassium 701mg 15%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.