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May 21, 2024
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The Best Bruschetta Stuffed Artichoke Recipe For Entertaining

Artichokes are a true California treasure, and if you’ve never tried them stuffed and grilled, you’re in for a delightful treat! Our Bruschetta Stuffed Artichoke recipe brings together the lush, earthy flavors of artichokes with the tang and zest of classic bruschetta, creating a perfect dish for any gathering.

Grilled Bruschetta Stuffed Artichoke Quarters on a serving platter.

Stalks, Thorns, and Fog: The Epic Saga of California Artichokes

Imagine a veggie so tough that it actually thrives in the morning fog and chills of the California coast. Artichokes don’t just grow—they own their land, standing proud and tall.

From seedling to mature globe, it’s a 10-month gladiatorial battle against nature, and these thistles are the champions. Want the gritty details of their epic journey? Click here to read our in depth article about how artichokes are grown.

Purple artichoke at Ocean Mist Farms in Castroville, CA

How are artichokes grown at Ocean Mist Farms?

If you’ve enjoyed a fresh artichoke recently, chances are it was grown in California. The Golden State is responsible for 99% of the nation’s commercially grown artichokes. One family-owned farm, Ocean Mist Farms, holds a whopping 65-85% of the market share. With almost a hundred years of experience growing California’s official state vegetable, it’s safe to say Ocean Mist knows a thing or two about growing artichokes!

Click here to learn about how artichokes are grown.

Prepping the Star of Your Dish – How to Break Down a Fresh Artichoke.

Prepping an artichoke may seem daunting, but it’s quite the adventure. In short, you will start by trimming the stem and snipping the thorny tips. Then, as you work your way through, you will rub lemon over the cut sections to prevent browning. You can find a step-by-step picture tutorial about prepping fresh artichokes on This Mess is Ours.

How to prep an artichoke

How to Prep an Artichoke

Ahh, artichokes. This vegetable has one of the worst reputations for being difficult to prep and cook. This perennial thistle actually belongs to the sunflower family. But no need to worry; once you have mastered how to prep artichokes, cooking them any way your heart desires will be a piece of cake!

Click here for this step-by-step picture guide on This Mess is Ours.

Why Artichokes Change Color and How to Keep Them Fresh

Ever wonder why fresh artichokes start to turn brown once they are cut? This natural discoloration is due to oxidation, where cut cells react with oxygen in the air. To keep your artichokes looking fresh, submerge the cut pieces in water mixed with lemon juice, which significantly slows the oxidation process.

What Do Our Bruschetta Stuffed Artichokes Taste Like?

Our Bruschetta Stuffed Artichokes recipe is an explosion of flavors. Perfectly grilled artichokes are paired with diced tomatoes, capers, and toasty bread cubes, drizzled with balsamic vinegar and sprinkled with Romano cheese. This isn’t just any old recipe; it’s a conversation starter, perfect for any gathering and a testament to the versatility of artichokes.

Step-By-Step How to Make This Show-Stopping Appetizer

This dish starts with fresh California artichokes, prepped and steamed to perfection. Once grilled, these smoky artichokes become the base for a tower of juicy, delicious bruschetta toppings. Each ingredient complements the artichoke’s unique flavor—capers for a hint of tang, tomatoes for juiciness, and a touch of balsamic vinegar to add a bit of oomph!

Serving and Sharing Bruschetta Stuffed Artichokes

To serve, arrange the grilled artichoke quarters on a platter or a grazing board, top them generously, and watch as your guests marvel at the colors, textures, and flavors.

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A plated Bruschetta Stuffed Artichoke.

Bruschetta Stuffed Artichoke

Meg van der Kruik
Try this twist on classic bruschetta with our Bruschetta Stuffed Artichokes! Perfectly grilled artichokes take center stage, bringing a unique and flavorful twist to this beloved appetizer. Paired with juicy diced tomatoes, tangy capers, and crispy grilled bread cubes, each bite offers a burst of fresh flavors and textures.
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Course Appetizer, dinner, Side Dish
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 8 servings
Calories 97 kcal


For the bruschetta:

  • 2 large fresh artichokes
  • 1 lemon, halved
  • 2 TBSP olive oil
  • 4 slices bread, grilled and diced
  • 4 Roma tomatoes, seeded and diced
  • 4 TBSP capers drained
  • 1 TBSP balsamic vinegar
  • Romano cheese to taste
  • Salt and pepper to taste


To prepare the artichokes:

  • Start by trimming the tip of the artichoke stem with a knife. Next, using a peeler, peel the dark green skin from the stem. Then, using a serrated knife, trim about an inch off the top of the artichoke. Finally, use kitchen shears to trim the pointy ends off of the leaves on the sides of the artichoke.
  • As you work, rub the cuts made to the artichokes with half of the lemon to keep them from browning.

To steam the artichokes:

  • Fill a large pot, fitted with a steamer basket and lid with about an inch of water. Squeeze the remaining lemon juice into the water and bring to a boil.
  • Place the prepared artichokes in the basket and cover with a lid. Allow the artichokes to steam for 25-35 minutes, or until the leaves pull off easily, and the stem is fork tender.
  • Allow to cool, and carefully cut the artichoke in half. Using a small spoon, remove the choke from the center of each half.
  • To grill the artichokes and bread:
  • Preheat the grill to 400°F (200℃).
  • Brush the cut side of each half artichoke with olive oil, and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Place the cut sides down on the grill, and cook for 1-2 minutes. Then rotate the artichokes 45 degrees and allow to cook another 1-2 minutes. Since the artichokes are cooked thru, this step is to give the artichokes some grill flavor and a bit of char.
  • Remove the artichokes from the grill and cut each half in half, making quarters.
  • Grill each side of bread for about 10 seconds. Watch the bread closely. You want it to have some grill marks, but not burn.
  • Remove the bread from the grill and dice into small cubes.

To assemble the bruschetta:

  • Place grilled artichoke quarters cut sides face up on a plate or platter. Evenly sprinkle the diced roma tomato, capers, and bread cubes on top of the artichoke quarters. Next, drizzle balsamic vinegar over each artichoke quarter and finish with fresh grated Romano cheese.



You can omit grilling the artichokes after steaming if desired. 


Calories: 97kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 3gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0.004gSodium: 209mgPotassium: 234mgFiber: 3gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 271IUVitamin C: 15mgCalcium: 40mgIron: 1mg
Keyword artichoke, bruschetta, fresh artichoke, stuffed artichoke
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Click here for a year’s worth of delicious artichoke recipes.

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Click here to make this delicious recipe with artichokes.
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How to eat artichokes…and everything else you ever wanted to know about California’s State Vegetable. Spoiler: it’s super scandalous!

Click here to learn more about artichokes from California.

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