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 09, 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


    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


    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.


    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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