Valley of the Moon Winery at Madrone Estate's Stuffed Artichokes

Stuffed artichokes

Enjoy a savory sheep's milk stuffed artichoke appetizer created by Chef Sam at Valley of the Moon at Madrone Estate. 

Servings: 6

Cook Time: 30

Pair With: Madrone Chardonnay

Source: Recipe and photo courtesy of Valley of the Moon at Madrone Estate


6 small artichokes with stems 
1 qt fresh squeezed orange juice with pulp

Stuffing Mix
12 oz seasoned bread crumbs
1 cup chopped Italian parsley
3 tablespoons chopped fresh garlic
3–4 cups grated pecorino Romano
1–1 1/2 cups extra virgin olive oil
Dash of pepper



Prepare the Artichokes:
Remove the outer leaves of the artichokes down to light green leaves. Cut the tops and peel the stems.
(Place in enough lemon water to cover until time to steam)

Lay artichokes flat in either a stock pot or oven safe pan.
Pour in orange juice, enough to cover 1/2 way up the artichokes. Cover pan.

Preheat oven to 325 degrees OR heat pan to medium on stove top
Steam for 15–20 minutes or until tender,  turning 2–3 times. Stems should be tender; when a tooth pick is inserted it should be effortless.
When done, remove from liquid and let cool.

Prepare the Stuffing Mix:
While the artichokes steam, mix all ingredients together in a mixing bowl. Ingredients should hold together when clumped in hand. If too dry, add more cheese or olive oil.

Stuff The Artichokes
Use a small spoon to scoop out prickly center of artichoke
Take the artichoke in fore finger and thumb, gently open the center of choke with your other hand and lightly pack the bread crumb and cheese mixture into its center.
Lay flat. Refrigerate until ready to cook.


Artichokes can be grilled or roasted in an oven.

Serve with zest of orange and Meyer lemon yogurt aioli or drawn butter.

Chef's Notes:

Want to make the artichokes ahead of time? Steam them and store in orange juice in the refrigerator until ready to stuff and prepare. 

Recipe Courtesy Of

Valley of the Moon Winery at Madrone Estate

With a history that dates back more than 150 years, Valley of the Moon Winery at Madrone Estate is one of Sonoma Valley’s most historic wineries.