Cheesy Artichoke French Bread

I ♥ artichokes!  I adore their rustic beauty & exotic, flower-like shape & of course, they taste divine!  When entertaining, I think stuffed artichokes are very appropriate & so elegant & marinated artichokes look beautiful as part of an antipasto platter.  I recently bought a huge jar of marinated artichoke hearts that fortunately for me my husband will not touch but that also means that I need to get really creative with finding new recipes 😉
This recipe is really satisfying but let’s be real when is French crusty bread & heavenly cheese not satisfying? The mozzarella paired with the artichokes over crusty bread is a perfect match.  It is definitely great as part of a light spring meal or a fabulous appetizer displayed in bite size portions.  Perfection!

{I proudly display decorative artichokes on my kitchen counter!  Love them!}

Cheesy Artichoke French Bread (Adapted from How Sweet It is)
  • 1 Demi French Baguette {I used ACE Sun Dried Tomato Petit Pain} {Cut in Half Lengthwise & Used Only 1 Side}
  • Marinated Artichoke Hearts (Approx 5-6, Chopped)
  • 2 Cloves of Garlic {Grated or Minced}
  • Freshly Ground Black Pepper {To Taste}
  • 1/2 Cup Parmigiano-Reggiano Cheese
  • 1/4 Cup Grated Mozzarella
  • 2 Tbsps Seasoned Breadcrumbs (Panko or Italian)
  • Fresh Parsley (For Garnish)
Pre-heat oven to 400°F.  Mix the marinated artichokes with the garlic, pepper, seasoned breadcrumbs & parmesan.  Equally distribute the prepared artichoke hearts over the baguette (the oil from the artichokes will be enough to coat the bread but you can add an extra drizzle of EVOO over the bread before you put the artichokes on top).  Top with the mozzarella.  Bake for approximately 10 mins & garnish with the chopped parsley.  Serves 2 (as appetizer).  Beautiful!
P&C TIP:  If you need an elegant stuffed artichoke recipe then you must try Giada De Laurentiis’s recipe for  Baked Artichokes with Gorgonzola & Herbs.  I made this once for my mom & it was richly divine 🙂  Just as a side note, Giada was my inspiration & one of the reasons I started my love affair with cooking/baking.  I have all of her cookbooks & love her simple, clean and elegant approach to preparing recipes!

{Image: Food Network}
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