From the Archives — Artichoke Torte

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Do you have those family recipes, the go-to ones that are cried for during the holidays, potlucks or other get-togethers? Since the ’70’s this recipe has been on our snack table and taken for an appetizer when friends ask us to bring a little something to share.  It is always a hit. There are many versions out there, a torte, frittata, or quiche, I’m sure. But I hope you enjoy my take on this savory, spicy artichoke and sharp cheddar perfection in a bite. There is a reason it keeps coming back to our table.

I also think I started a new tradition. Tried out a wonderful focaccia recipe from Bon Appétit, with cracked black pepper and truffle oil. My darling son brought me a lovely bottle of truffle oil recently and I just had to put it to use. A sprinkle of minced herbs and finished with Pink Himalayan Sea Salt, these tasty bites disappeared very quickly. Hmm, dipped in olive oil and aged balsamic vinegar.

Cracked Pepper Focaccia with Truffle Oil

Artichoke Torte with Smoked Sun-dried Tomatoes

So, maybe you will have something new to try as you are preparing your holiday tables. Perhaps one will become a family tradition. Or both!

Artichoke Torte
Appetizer
(From the Archives – Hayford Family Recipe since 1970’s)
Serves 6
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients
2 8 oz. jars marinated artichoke hearts
¼ cup smoked sun-dried tomatoes
4 eggs, beaten
1 small yellow onion, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
2 tablespoons fresh Flat Leaf Parsley, chopped
1 table spoon fresh Italian Oregano
⅓ cup plain bread crumbs
⅛ teaspoon Tabasco Sauce
⅛ teaspoon ground black pepper
⅛ teaspoon salt
½ pound sharp cheddar cheese, grated

Prep
Preheat oven to 350°
Grate cheese, beat eggs, chop onion and herbs.
Drain artichokes, reserving liquid, give them a rough chop.

Directions
In a medium pan, saute onions and minced garlic in 1 tablespoon olive oil and ½ of artichoke juices until soft and translucent. Remove from heat.
In a large bowl mix artichokes, sun-dried tomatoes, grated cheese, bread crumbs, beaten eggs, herbs and garlic onion mixture including pan juices. Add Tabasco (to taste), black pepper and salt. Stir to thoroughly combine, making sure the cheese if fully coated and not in clumps.
Spay an 8” x 8” pan with vegetable spray and Pour in mixture. Bake for 30 minutes until set and golden brown. Cool for at least 15 minutes, then and cut into squares to serve at room temperature.

Cook’s Tips
This recipe can be doubled and baked in a 9” x 13” pan for about the same time.

 Links:
Cracked Pepper Focaccia with Truffle Oil, Bon Appétit  | February 2001 
Himalayan Pink Sea Salt courtesy of Gourmelli, Sponsor of Plate to Page Tuscany

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8 Responses to From the Archives — Artichoke Torte

  1. Oh my…. that focaccia with truffle oil… SWOON!! Now that I have conquered my fear of kneading and yeast, I will definitely give that a try, particularly as I have some truffle oil in the cupboard 🙂

  2. Robin says:

    Hi Jeanne!
    You will really like how easy this focaccia recipe is. I even used the quickrise yeast and saved a bunch of time. Didn’t know this would be good enough to give someone the “vapors…” — maybe it is!

  3. Lynn says:

    Both the torte and focaccia speak to me. I just can’t seem to get enough of Mediterranean type of ingredients lately with Italian creeping in through every crack of my kitchen! I could take a bath in olive oil and aged balsamic.

  4. Robin says:

    Oh my, what a bath that would be Lynn! LOL! My whole Thankgiving gave way to the Italian influences. What have you been cooking lately?

  5. Jamie says:

    Love both the torte and the focaccia! And I love the way we can take those old 70s recipes and modernize them with cool new ingredients. Just perfect!

  6. Robin says:

    Everything old is new again Jamie!

  7. Bentobird says:

    such refined richness, delightful indeed, Robin…thanks for sharing your loving family traditions with us here!

  8. Robin says:

    Hiya Ms. Bentobird! Sharing this is my pleasure. I am so glad you enjoyed it.

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