The leaves are cut and artichoke can stand upright all on its own. Now fill up a large bowl with water and put the artichoke in the water upside down and swish it around a bit. This will ensure any dirt particles or stickers that you snipped off won't get trapped down in the leaves. Drain the artichokes upside down on a paper towel and twist it back and forth a little to open up the top inside leaves. Let the artichoke finish draining while we make the stuffing. Yum!
In a large bowl, add 1-1/2 cups season Italian bread crumbs.
1-1/2 cups grated Parmesan cheese.
1-1/2 cups grated Romano cheese.
Twelve cloves finely chopped garlic.
Mix with your hands and then rub the mixture in your hands and my tween is demonstrating to infuse the dry ingredients with the garlic moisture and flavor.
Place the artichoke in a bowl (the bowl will catch excess stuffing). Stuff each leaf using a teaspoon, starting from the bottom leaves and working your way up. Be sure to get the top inside leaves (get as far as humanly possible).
Drizzle extra virgin olive oil over the top and sides of the artichoke. This will keep it moist while it's steaming and will help bind the stuffing.
Places a couple of thin slices of lemon on top for extra flavor. Use a pot with a tight fitting lid that is large enough to hold the artichoke. Pour about 1-inch of water in the bottom of the pot. Using aluminum foil, fashion a bowl and set the artichoke in the foil bowl and place in pot with water. Steam over medium heat for about an hour, checking the pot occasionally making sure there is still water in the post. Add more water as necessary. Make sure water level stays below the bottom leaves. Artichokes are done when leaves easily pull from the artichoke.
Isn't that gorgeous? Now some of you, are probably wondering how to eat these. Start at the bottom and work your way up. Pull a leaf, take the end that was closest to the core and hold it between your thumb and index finger. Put the leaf in your mouth, letting the index finger holding the other end gently brush against your upper front teeth. Gently close your teeth and scrape the stuffing off the leaf and repeat several times.
Mmmmmmm man this smells so good!