The moist environment of the Instant Pot or slow cooker helps artichokes become extra tender. Here they are stuffed with Italian sausage, Parmesan cheese and herby bread crumbs and served with a tangy balsamic red pepper sauce. Serve as an appetizer or pair with a salad for a main.
Artichokes take a bit of prep work, but their smooth texture and delicate flavor make them well worth the effort. Need more convincing? These edible relatives of the thistle are rich in antioxidants. To reap maximum benefit, be sure to eat the tender parts of the leaves as well as the heart.
This fork-and-knife flatbread is spread with herby, creamy ricotta and then loaded with sweet and savory veggies for a fresh take on Middle Eastern street food. Be sure to buy a good-quality full-fat ricotta for the best results. The vegetables are adaptable, so use whatever looks good at your farmers’ market this week!
This Italian antipasto is filled with artichokes, roasted peppers and pepperoncini- all tossed together in a salad with an oregano-cheese dressing.
Saucy chicken and vegetables are drizzled with a simple but flavorful olive and basil purée for a stunning dish that looks like it came out of a high-end restaurant – your family will never know that it’s actually quite straightforward to make!