Healthy Meal Prep
Grandma's Artichokes Recipe

Grandma’s Artichokes


Fresh artichokes seasoned with salt, pepper, Romano cheese, and Italian parsley are simmered until tender and flavorful for an authentic dish from an Italian grandma.


  • 4 whole artichokes, trimmed and coarse outer leaves removed
  • 8 large cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon salt, or to taste
  • 1 tablespoon ground black pepper
  • ¼ cup grated Romano cheese
  • 1 bunch flat-leaf parsley, leaves torn
  • ½ cup peanut oil


  1. Trim artichoke stems flat so the artichokes can stand upright and rinse artichokes thoroughly in running water. Hold artichokes upside down over a work surface and smash the artichokes lightly to open the leaves. Spread 1/4 of the garlic into the spaces between leaves of each artichoke.
  2. Season artichokes with salt, black pepper, and 1 tablespoon grated Romano cheese per artichoke, opening the leaves and letting the seasonings and cheese into the leaves. Push torn leaves of parsley into the spaces between the leaves to hold the seasonings in.
  3. Set the artichokes upright in a saucepan and pour peanut oil over the artichokes, letting the oil seep into the crevices between leaves. Gently pour water into the saucepan, taking care not to let the water splash on the artichokes and wash off the oil. Cover pan.
  4. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer gently until the outer leaves of the artichoke are easy to strip off but are not mushy or falling apart, about 1 hour. Test for salt and season with more if desired; simmer 5 to 10 more minutes to let the salt dissolve.

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Nutritional Information

Grandma's Artichokes

Servings Per Recipe: 4
Calories: 352
% Daily Value *
protein: 16 %
carbohydrates: 6 %
exchange other carbs:
dietary fiber: 32 %
fat: 45 %
saturated fat: 30 %
cholesterol: 3 %
vitamin a iu: 26 %
niacin equivalents: 18 %
vitamin b6: 19 %
vitamin c: 64 %
folate: 28 %
calcium: 18 %
iron: 18 %
magnesium: 33 %
potassium: 18 %
sodium: 79 %
thiamin: 13 %
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*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
**Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
(-)Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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