Steamed Artichokes (my mother-in-law’s recipe)
2 whole artichokes
1 cup Italian seasoned breadcrumbs
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1Tablespoon olive oil
Special Equipment: steamer pot
Fill the steamer pot so the water just touches the bottom of the steamer basket. Salt the water and bring to a boil.
Cut the stem off the artichokes so they will sit flat. Trim the prickly tops of the petals. Gently spread open the petals. In a bowl, combine the breadcrumbs and Parmesan. Drizzle the tops of the artichokes with a little olive oil, be sure a little gets down in between the petals. Carefully sprinkle the breadcrumb mixture in between each petal, getting it down towards the bottom. Be CAREFUL, the tips of the petals are prickly! (you can also pre-trim all of the petal tips if you prefer to play it safe.) Place the artichokes in the steamer pot and steam for about 45 minutes, until soft. Remove and serve.