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Growing up, while my friends snacked on peanut butter and jelly sandwiches… I came home to grilled shrimp and artichokes. That’s what my grandmother made for me after school and it was my absolute favorite. TO THIS DAY when she comes to visit me, she comes with a plastic bag filled with these puppies already made and ready to be devoured. I suddenly become a selfish only child when I’m around artichokes… unwilling to share. Bill’s accepted it and life moves on.

Here’s the recipe (which I am SO excited to have because I’ve been doing it wrong all these years!)

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Step 1: Slam the top of the artichokes down onto a table to open them up. I personally cut off the tops, but my grandmother does not. This is her recipe so we are going to say it exactly the way she does it. If there is a stem – cut it off.

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Step 2: Mix together 5 cloves of minced garlic, a handful of chopped parsley, 3 tablespoons of seasoned breadcrumbs, salt and pepper.

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Step 3: Stuff. Stuff where you want and how much you want. Spread open the layers and put in a pinch of the mixture here and there. You can’t go wrong.

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Step 4: Fill the pot a few cups of water. You can see how little you actually need. Bring to a boil and then cover and turn down to medium heat. Cook for 1 hour.

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Step 5: Pour 1 tablespoon on top of each artichoke when finished. This “opens up the leaves” says my dear Nanna.

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And enjoy!! I could eat this entire plate! Y-U-M!

Do you have a recipe you’d like to share? Please send along pictures and instructions. Would love a peek inside your kitchen!

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