Did I mention that I love artichokes? Actually, I “very love” them, as my daughter would say. For Easter dinner, I made some roasted artichokes to go with our leg of lamb, scalloped potatoes, salad, and lemon cheesecake. Everything was so delicious, thanks to everybody’s help.
I made Julia Child’s recipe for Roasted Leg of Lamb. The hardest part was finding a store that sold lamb!
But let’s get to the artichokes! I found this recipe through Ziplist, but it was originally posted on the cleverly-named blog, What’s Cooking, Good Looking. If you would like the exact recipe, simply follow the above link!
Peel more leaves than this!
Basically, though, you find some baby artichokes, and peel the outer leaves off. I should have peeled off more than I did, but I didn’t want to waste the delicious leaves. Next time I make these, I will be more liberal in my leaf peeling.
Then, you trim the tops and bottoms. Be careful when cutting off the stem to leave enough of the heart. That is the best part! When they are trimmed, cut each artichoke in half.
Artichokes are very photogenic.
Soak them in water so they don’t turn brown. Blanch them for about three minutes. You don’t want to cook them all the way through because they are going in the oven as well.
Remove them from the boiling water, and place them on a *foil-lined pan. Sprinkle with breadcrumbs and Asiago cheese, and place in the oven at 425 degrees until they are roasted, about 15 minutes.
The perfect accompaniment to this dish was the lemon garlic aoili sauce that is also on the website. Oh my goodness! It’s mayo, lemon, garlic, and salt and pepper. Heavenly.
*Here’s a fun fact! Apparently something in the artichoke reacted with the aluminum foil, and they turned blue! You can’t really tell from this photo, but they were definitely blue. They turned back to green after I roasted them, though.
But it wasn’t all lamb and artichoke eating at our house on Easter! We started the morning by going to 8:00 Mass, which was amazing that we got out of the house that early. I think we shocked the kids, because they weren’t really even that awake, thus they were more compliant. We will have to try the early mass again.
As soon as we got home, we discovered that the Easter Bunny had been to our house! Julia and Grant loved their Easter baskets, especially the giant rice crispy treat from Aunt Dodi, the carrot bubbles, and the new watercolors.
When they awoke from their naps later that afternoon, the kids were greeted by Grandma and Grandpa, Grammy and Papa, Uncle Jarryd, Aunt Cori and Uncle Ed, and Cousins Scott and Ethan! Everybody went outside to discover that the Easter Bunny had been to our house again during naptime, and this time he had left eggs filled with candy. The cousins loved the Easter egg hunt, and the adults had just as much fun helping them find where the bunny had hidden all the eggs.
We are very blessed and thankful to be able to celebrate this important holiday with our family. We love you all, near and far!