Tuna Stuffed Artichokes

Tuna Stuffed Artichokes

By 17/04/2015

In Italy artichokes are now in full season. If you go around the shops you will see large trays bursting full of them: from the larger Roman ones to the cute little baby ones. I love them all.

My children enjoyed eating them: I said to them this is like a flower: you need to tear every single petal and scrape off the pulp with your teeth and it gets more and more interesting as you reach its tender heart. My son was a bit puzzled when he could not find a real heart inside! He loved it though.

Once you clean your first artichoke you will find it pretty much straightforward to clean all the other ones. Just make sure you wear gloves as they can stain your hands.

I have filled them with tuna, anchovies, capers and breadcrumbs and drizzled them with olive oil. It seemed to work really well.

You will find a proper tutorial on how to clean artichokes here.

  • Prep Time : 25 minutes
  • Cook Time : 60 minutes



With a knife cut off the stem and the tip of the artichokes (about 2-3 cm). 


Remove some of the outer leaves as they are the tough ones and open up the inner leaves

removing tough leaves

With a melon baller or with a spoon remove the "beard" of the artichoke which is inedible.

removing beard

Dip the cleaned artichoke into lemony water until it is time to cook them.

artichokes in lemony water

Make the filling with the chopped parsley, the drained tuna, the chopped anchovies, the breadcrumbs, capers and olive oil and mix all the ingredients up. Add enough olive oil to make a smooth mixture.

Tuna stuffed artichokes

With the help of a spoon, fill the artichokes with the mixture, sprinkle some salt over them and a little more olive oil

Put the artichokes in a large pan, add enough water to cover half of the head of the artichokes. Put the lid on and cook over a low heat for about 1 hour. Prick them with a fork to check if they are cooked.

Tuna stuffed artichokes

Tuna stuffed artichokes

artichokes and kids

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8 Responses to Tuna Stuffed Artichokes

  1. gloria

    what lovely artichokes you find Alida!!
    We love them too!!
    Look buono!!!
    un abbraccio!!

    • Alida

      Thank you Angie!

  2. la cucina di Molly

    Adoro i carciofi, in questo periodo li preparo spesso, ottima la tua versione con il tonno, immagino che bontà! Un abbraccio!

  3. speedy70

    Quanto mi piacciono i carciofi così cucinati, una bontà, bravissima!!!!

  4. Kate - Gluten Free Alchemist

    Another beautiful and creative dish Alida. I remember having the lesson on how to eat artichokes when I was a kid too. Scraping off the juicy soft pulp was extra fun as a child…. I always preferred it to the heart!

  5. Steph @MisplacedBrit

    What a delicious sounding recipe, and I’ve never stuffed artichokes! Well as soon as I find some fresh ones, THAT’s going to change!
    This is exactly the kind of dinner I’d like to have 🙂

    CONGRATULATIONS on being shortlisted for the Bibs2015 Foodie award – I can totally see why 😀
    – Good luck!

    • Alida

      Thanks so much Steph. My children especially enjoyed artichokes, they are fun to eat and really delicious!

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