Thursday, August 31, 2017

Baked Parmesan Artichoke Hearts and The Queen of Hearts

Today marks the 20th Anniversary in the passing of Princess Diana.  Affectionately known as the "Queen of Hearts" and "People's Princess".  I will never forget that day...we were just recently married and home watching television that night.  A breaking news story interrupted and said that Princess Diana had passed away.  I remember I burst into tears from complete shock and sadness.

When I was in my pre-teens, my best friend and I stayed up all night long to watch her royal wedding, and completely transfixed watching the traditions of royalty.  It was at that moment, I truly became mesmerized by Diana, not so much the Princess, but by the incredible woman.  The strength and grace that she displayed in her far too short life was truly inspirational.

Diana's outpouring of charm, outreach and loving heart will never be forgotten.  Her style was like no other and to this day has remained and displayed in the history of fashion.  She will forever be missed and remembered.

I read somewhere that her last meal at The Ritz in Paris was Vegetable Tempura.  These artichoke hearts are a little like that...I think Diana would have liked these.  Diana, may you continue to rest in peace Princess and thank you for touching the world with your kind and sharing heart.

Baked Parmesan Artichoke Hearts

2 (15 oz) cans quartered artichoke hearts drained
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 cup Parmesan Herb Panko Bread Crumbs

1/4 cup butter, melted
1 lemon, freshly squeezed juice

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

Place artichokes on paper towels and pat dry well.

In a small bowl, combine melted butter and garlic powder.

In another bowl, pour in the Panko breadcrumbs.

Dip each artichoke heart quarter in the butter, then the Panko crumbs.  Place on parchment lined baking sheet.  Repeat with all artichokes.

Bake artichokes for 18 minutes, turning over once half way throgh baking.

Let cool for 10 minutes.  While artichokes cool, mix fresh lemon juice in with remaining melted butter.

Serve baked artichokes with lemon-butter dipping sauce.

One Year Ago: Grilled Shrimp, Corn and Avocado Salad
Two Years Ago: Surf and Turf Crostinis
Three Years Ago: Smoked BBQ Chicken Nachos
Four Years Ago: Flatbread Friday

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