Vegetarian: Vegetarian Dishes: Couscous-Stuffed Artichokes

These fresh artichokes with couscous work well as a main or side dish.

Author: California Artichoke Advisory Board
Date: March 08, 2006

Suggestions: Fresh cooked and chilled artichokes are easy to keep on hand for quick meals. Refrigerated in a covered container, they will keep up to a week.

Serves: 4 person(s)

Preparation Time: 30 mins
Cooking Time: 45 mins

Ingredients:

    4 large California artichokes
    1 1/2 cup chicken broth, low-sodium *
    1 tsp curry powder
    3/4 tsp ground cumin
    1/2 tsp garlic salt
    1 cup instant couscous
    1/4 cup currants
    1/2 cup sliced green onion
    1/2 cup toasted slivered almonds, chopped
    1/2 tsp grated lemon peel
    2 Tbsp lemon juice
    2 Tbsp vegetable oil

Directions:

    Wash artichokes. Cut off stems at base and remove small bottom leaves. Stand artichokes upright in deep saucepan large enough to hold snugly. Add 1 teaspoon salt and 2 to 3 inches boiling water. Cover and boil gently 35 to 45 minutes, or until base can be pierced easily with fork (add a little more boiling water, if needed). Turn artichokes upside down to drain. Carefully remove center petals and fuzzy centers with a spoon and discard. Keep warm or chill as desired.

    In medium saucepan combine chicken broth, curry powder, cumin and garlic salt; bring to a boil. Remove from heat; stir in couscous and currants. Cover and let stand 5 minutes. Fluff couscous with a fork. Stir in green onion and almonds. Combine lemon peel, lemon juice and vegetable oil; stir into couscous.

    Gently spread artichoke leaves until center cone of leaves is revealed. Pull out center cone. With a spoon, scrape out any purple-tipped leaves and fuzz. Fill centers of artichokes with couscous mixture.

Variations:

    If desired, serve with nonfat plain yogurt. Raisins can be substituted for currants.

    Serving suggestions are not included in nutritional analysis and not considered dairy-free.

    * Vegetarian version: substitute vegetable broth for chicken broth.

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Nutritional Information
(Per Serving)

Calories:385 cals
Kilojoules:1,612 kJ
Fat:14.5 g
Carbohydrates:53.7 g
Protein:13.0 g
Cholesterol:0.0 mg
Sodium:500 mg
Saturated Fat:4.0 g
Fiber:5.0 g
Calcium:153.0 mg
Total Sugars:4.5 g

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