A few weeks ago I was watching a rerun of Everyday Italian with Giada De Laurentiis while I prepped our dinner for the evening. I love watching Giada effortlessly cook meals with all of her hair perfectly in place and her big, bright, beaming smile! Her passion for food is contagious and you can really feel her enthusiasm about every single ingredient she describes as she cooks.
On this particular episode she was making artichoke gratinata featuring frozen artichokes. I was immediately intrigued by the simplicity of the dish and the fact that she pulled it together in around 25 minutes. I decided that with a few tweaks I could make a pretty amazing gluten-free, vegetarian version for my artichoke-loving family and we too could enjoy a simple weeknight side dish like this one.
Giada’s version of artichoke gratinata called for chicken broth which was an easy swap, although I do suggest using homemade vegetable broth if at all possible. It really adds a rich depth of flavor that you just can’t achieve using store-bought broth. Giada also used bread crumbs in her version, which are off limits to us since we eat a gluten-free diet here in our home. I figured that I could pulse a few slices of gluten free bread in the food processor and toast the crumbs, but for me that was just one more step to add to the prep time. So I simply subbed in crispy brown rice cereal that I crushed by hand instead. The last little tweak that I made was to add chopped blanched almonds to the topping mixture. Almonds taste great and are good for you too, so I try to work them into my family’s meals whenever possible.
The evening that I made this gratinata for my family I served it alongside gluten-free pasta tossed with fresh spinach, lemon juice, and Parmesan cheese. It was the perfect dinner for a busy weeknight!
I am happy to be sharing this recipe today over on Oh My Veggies! Click here for the recipe.
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Sherrie | With Food + Love says
I love ANYTHING artichoke, this is making my mouth water! I also can't wait to download Kiersten's new eBook, she's one brilliant lady!
Thanks Sherrie!! This has become one of our new family favorites for sure:) Kiersten's book will blow your mind! Best $15 you will ever spend.
Beth @ Tasty Yummies says
This looks amazing. Love the crunchy rice cereal on top. Brilliant.
Thanks Beth! I love that brown rice cereal...it is pretty much my favorite thing ever;)
What a great recipe, love artichokes!
Thanks so much Cheri!
The Peace Patch says
Artichoke hearts always make me happy especially combined with crunchy nutty goodness...thanks for sharing the recipe! 🙂
You are SO welcome!!! Thanks for taking the time to comment.