Sunday, December 18, 2011

Home Cookin'...Artichoke Hearts Wrapped in Prosciutto

Want to be the hit of the party?  Try making this recipe.  I don't remember where I found it, but I've been making it for years and it's always a well received.
Start with some prep.  Chiffonade a hand full of fresh sage.  Set your oven to 375.
 Drain a few jars of marinated artichoke hearts.  I like to get mine at Costco.  They're big and inexpensive, and they've got a good texture.
Get about a pound of prosciutto.  No need to spring for anything fancy here.  Boar's Head works just fine.

 Wrap each artichoke quarter in 1/4 piece of the prosciutto.  This takes time, but the end result is worth it.
Mmm.  Porky goodness.
  
Cover the wrapped hearts with crumbled Gorgonzola.

Tasty.

Take some heavy cream and give it a shake to make sure any fat lumps are distributed.  Just a note, but you may want to make sure the cap is on. 

Sprinkle your sage leaves over the dish liberally.

Bake at 375 until it's brown and bubbly.
While your dish is in the oven, toast some pine nuts in a dry saute pan just until they're slightly browned and smelling good.  Treat them like popcorn...keep shaking the pan and keep your eyes on it, lest you end up with a pan full of burnt pine nuts.  Your nose will know.

Serve while it's hot with a spoon and a baguette sliced into rounds.  People will want to spoon some of the sauce on the bread along with the artichoke hearts.

Thanks for reading folks.  If you try this, please leave a comment and let me know how you liked it!

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