Artichokes Au Gratin
- Extra-virgin olive oil, for brushing
- 4 tablespoons plain or seasoned breadcrumbs
- 1 12 -ounce jar marinated artichoke bottoms, drained and patted dry
- 1 1/2 teaspoons grated parmesan cheese
- 1/4 pound soft sheep's milk cheese or brie, rind removed, sliced
- 1 cup mixed salad greens
- 2 tablespoons balsamic vinaigrette
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Brush a 9-inch square baking dish with olive oil and sprinkle with 2 tablespoons breadcrumbs. Place the artichokes cup-side up on the breadcrumbs and brush or drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with 1 tablespoon breadcrumbs and the parmesan.
Bake for 15 minutes; remove from the oven and preheat the broiler. Divide the sheep's milk cheese among the artichokes; sprinkle with the remaining 1 tablespoon breadcrumbs. Broil until the cheese starts to bubble and the topping browns, 3 to 4 minutes. Toss the salad greens with the balsamic vinaigrette in a bowl; serve the artichokes on top of the greens.
Photograph by Mark Peterson
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