Double whammy on the cheesiness. Mac and cheese yesterday and cheesy bread today. I don’t hate it.

Normally I try to mix things up a bit, but well… the cookie just doesn’t always crumble that way now does it?

 

So yesterday it turns out I managed to eat vegetables at every meal. Every.single.meal. Not intentionally of course. I had nearly a ton of mushrooms for breakfast, kale chips at lunch and this crusty whole grain bread topped with artichokes and loads of cheese for dinner.  Life is good. Even if it is filled with vegetables. Ew.

And those are all vegetables, no? Sometimes I need reminding. Sweet. I’ve hit my quota for the month.

I’ve just got to tell you that I like artichokes. I bought two that are roughly the size of my head. I’m going to stuff them, which is my favorite way to eat them. Then I may dip them in butter. Lots and lots of butter. The only other way to eat them is with an array of freshly slices cheeses, roasted red peppers and six different flutes of wine. You should know this.

No fresh artichokes here though. Simply buy the ones in water or brine and chop. Do you know how much it would cost to use fresh artichokes for these breads? Probably $837. I am the math queen.

 

Oh… I should probably tell you one more thing. I added bread crumbs to this bread. Yes. I added bread to more bread. Wise choice. Try it. Crunch crunch.

Cheesy Artichoke French Breads

serves 4 (depending on the size of your bread)

2 whole grain french baguettes (mine were about 9 inches long)

1/4 cup olive oil

1 14-ounce can of artichokes in water or brine, drained and chopped (about 10-12 hearts)

4 garlic cloves, minced

1 1/2 cups freshly grated parmesan cheese

1/3 cup grated mozzarella cheese

1/4 cup seasoned panko bread crumbs

fresh parsley for garnish

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Cut the baguettes in half lengthwise and brush with the olive oil. Equally distribute the minced garlic and chopped artichoke hearts. Top each with a good handful of cheese, about 1/3 cup each. Sprinkle on a few breadcrumbs. Bake for 8 minutes, then heat the broiler and broil for 2 minutes, or until cheese is golden brown. Garnish with chopped parsley.

Note: I would not suggest using artichokes marinated in oil as they may be a bit too greasy with the cheese. But it’s always worth a try!

I would like a gold star for my vegetable consumption please.

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135 Responses to “Cheesy Artichoke French Breads.”

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    Jody — April 21, 2011 @ 7:06 am

    This looks amazing! I can’t wait to try it.

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    Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) — April 21, 2011 @ 7:07 am

    I love artichoke anything…spinach and artichoke dip is a fave. This bread looks stellar!

    “No fresh artichokes here though. Simply buy the ones in water or brine and chop.”–
    Did you know that TJs sells frozen artichokes that are JUST the ‘choke, no water, brine, added salt, garlic, etc…I know you dont mind salt and garlic, I do..but their frozen bagged artichokes are a great find if you’re not familiar :) You can grab a handful as needed type thing.

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    • Megan — April 21st, 2011 @ 7:24 am

      I love their frozen artichokes but so does everyone else in my area! I recently discovered canned in water (no additives!)

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    • Jessica — April 21st, 2011 @ 7:25 am

      I didn’t know about these! Will look for them next time.

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — April 21, 2011 @ 7:07 am

    You definitely deserve a gold star! I love artichokes…. and of course bread and cheese. This looks delicious!

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    Estela @ Weekly Bite — April 21, 2011 @ 7:15 am

    Yum! Its like artichoke dip on bread :)

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    chelsey @ clean eating chelsey — April 21, 2011 @ 7:18 am

    That looks really good – I’m an artichoke lover, but I’m a whole artichoke virgin. They scare me.

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    • Jessica — April 21st, 2011 @ 7:25 am

      Seriously?? Oh you are so missing out! I’m sure you could find some g-free breadcrumbs and make them. I am telling you they are the best thing ever.

      And if I like them?? Yeah….

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    Alexis @ There She Goes — April 21, 2011 @ 7:19 am

    i want this for breakfast

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    Holly — April 21, 2011 @ 7:22 am

    I read the title of this recipe on Twitter and immediately said ‘OH MY GOSH’ outloud. It sounds sooooo good &looks even better!!
    I cannot wait to make this :) you are the best!!

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    Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg — April 21, 2011 @ 7:23 am

    Mmmmm…it’s like an artichoke dip sandwich!!!! I approve :-)

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    Marisa @ Loser for Life — April 21, 2011 @ 7:26 am

    I am ALL OVER THIS! Looks so good, Jessica!

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    Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum — April 21, 2011 @ 7:26 am

    I just made a similar pasta dish with spinach, artichoke, and white beans… and a baked potato topped with the same! Now, onto the bread! This is my new go-to meal!

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    • Jessica — April 21st, 2011 @ 9:31 am

      Oh my gosh… this in pasta… YUM!

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    Holly @ The Runny Egg — April 21, 2011 @ 7:46 am

    I love artichokes — and I’ve always gotten the canned kind. I don’t know what to do with a whole one!

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    • Jessica — April 21st, 2011 @ 9:30 am

      You must get a whole one and stuff it. They are to die for!

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    Christina — April 21, 2011 @ 7:51 am

    So proud of your vegetable consumption. And of all the cheese recipes you’re sharing!

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    Erica — April 21, 2011 @ 7:52 am

    Josh would LOVE these pups. Hes an artichoke fanatic (and I enjoy them as well). These totally remind me of french bread pizzas. Delicious.

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    Blog is the New Black — April 21, 2011 @ 7:55 am

    Lloyd HEARTS artichokes- he’ll die when I make this!

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    Cait @ Beyond Bananas — April 21, 2011 @ 7:58 am

    Seriously! These recipes are sabotaging me! Ahhh. Yum!

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    Heather — April 21, 2011 @ 8:01 am

    nothing wrong with adding bread to bread! i only wish i’d thought to do it earlier!

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    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat — April 21, 2011 @ 8:09 am

    These sound amazing! I tried cooking an artichoke myself once and somewhere along the process it went horribly wrong and I didn’t enjoy it very much, so lately I’ve just been sticking to the hearts that come in a can. This sounds like a recipe I could probably manage!

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    Jessica — April 21, 2011 @ 8:24 am

    I love baking dips right on bread. More time eating and less time exerting energy trying to dip, but also not take too much so no one thinks your a dip-hog. Yes, this is definitely the way to go.

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    • Jessica — April 21st, 2011 @ 9:29 am

      I am such a dip hog.

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    Jen @ keepitsimplefoods — April 21, 2011 @ 8:33 am

    This looks really tasty! Huge gold star for you!

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    Julie @ Shining From Within — April 21, 2011 @ 8:46 am

    Yum. Cheese + carbs.. my fav. :)

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    brandi — April 21, 2011 @ 8:50 am

    oh man. nick would love this! he loves artichokes. and cheese. and bread.

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    The Teenage Taste — April 21, 2011 @ 8:51 am

    These look fabulous, Jessica! You most definitely deserve a gold star…maybe two? ;-)

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    Gen — April 21, 2011 @ 8:56 am

    This looks soooo good!!!!!! Breadcrumbs+bread+cheese=deliciousness!! :D

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    Erin — April 21, 2011 @ 8:59 am

    Bread on bread?! You are a woman after my heart. When left to my own devices, bread is my major food group. Actually, that’s a lie. That and cheese are all I eat, with the occasional sprinkling of some sad vegetable so I don’t feel quite so guilty.

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    • Jessica — April 21st, 2011 @ 9:28 am

      Hmmm… maybe we are soul mates?

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    Andrea @ Vegvacious — April 21, 2011 @ 9:04 am

    Yum! My hubby & I are having movie night this weekend and this will definitely be one of our snacks :-) I love artichokes ~ especially when smothered in cheese :-)

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    Paige (running around normal) — April 21, 2011 @ 9:16 am

    I love that you elliminated the step of scooping the cheesey artichoke “dip” onto the bread and made it all in one. Yummmmm :)

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    • Jessica — April 21st, 2011 @ 9:27 am

      LOL!

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    d.liff @ yelleBELLYboo — April 21, 2011 @ 9:23 am

    Oh my goodness – that looks amazing. You just took cheesy bread to a whole new level. I can’t wait to try it! The only thing I might change is roasting the garlic first. I loooove roasted garlic!

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    • Jessica — April 21st, 2011 @ 9:27 am

      I thought about that too… I think it will make it SO much better.

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    Ari@ThE DiVa DiSh — April 21, 2011 @ 9:31 am

    sounds amazing!! I LOVE artichokes!

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    Natalia - a side of simple — April 21, 2011 @ 9:36 am

    Jessica, I think you’ve surpassed your vegetable intake duties for the month. Feel free to indulge (me). :)

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    Cookbook Queen — April 21, 2011 @ 9:38 am

    I have NEVER had an artichoke!! But this bread looks like I may need to try it.

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    • Jessica — April 21st, 2011 @ 10:23 am

      Sad face. We need to remedy that.

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    Elle — April 21, 2011 @ 9:39 am

    A whole artichoke is a thing of beauty, and so good for the taste buds! But if you give me artichoke hearts, cheese and bread, I’m a happy happy girl! I love this!

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    Kelly — April 21, 2011 @ 9:39 am

    Oh yum!!! This looks amazing!!

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    chloe@ 321delish — April 21, 2011 @ 9:41 am

    ingredients are on the shopping list :)

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    • Jessica — April 21st, 2011 @ 10:23 am

      Sweet!

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    thehealthyapron — April 21, 2011 @ 9:42 am

    Why do I continue to torture myself? I shouldn’t even look at your blog unless I have something equally as yummy within an arms length! I want some!! Looks incredible!

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    Liz @ Tip Top Shape — April 21, 2011 @ 9:44 am

    Ha, adding bread to more bread. Hey, if it works don’t fight it! This looks absolutely amazing!!

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    Rachel @ The Avid Appetite — April 21, 2011 @ 9:46 am

    This looks amazing! You really can’t beat this combination of flavors :) Can’t wait to give it a try.

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    Chelsa — April 21, 2011 @ 9:46 am

    That looks unbelievable. If I have friends over this weekend I’m going to make this. Thanks for the recipe.

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    Naomi — April 21, 2011 @ 9:46 am

    I would like to bag one up and eat it right after I go on stage…seriously…cheese, bread, ‘chokes OMG OMG OMG

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    Jihane @Sinful Sundays — April 21, 2011 @ 9:49 am

    Geez, those look great! I love cheese.

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    Jessica @ Dishin' About Nutrition — April 21, 2011 @ 9:52 am

    Once again, this looks incredible! So are veggies starting to taste good to you now? at all? I know I used to hate them too (maybe not as much as you) but now that I know how to make them and I try to eat them as often as possible, I have found ways to enjoy them. Of course, they could never compare to dessert :)

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    • Jessica — April 21st, 2011 @ 10:22 am

      The only ones I really love right now are mushrooms (they must be sauteed), brussels sprouts (must be pan fried) and kale chips. I’ve been eating those ones for a few months. Can do any raw though… and no others yet. I’m hopeful though!

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    Lucy @ The Sweet Touch — April 21, 2011 @ 9:57 am

    Never thought I would be craving artichoke garlic bread at 9 am but here you’ve gone and done it to me! Ohhh this is on my to make list, I might even saute some spinach to throw on there and sneak in another dose of veggies!

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    • Jessica — April 21st, 2011 @ 10:22 am

      Like spinach artichoke dip!

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    Alaina — April 21, 2011 @ 10:07 am

    Oooh, perfect side to a pasta dish!

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    Jenny @ Fitness Health and Food — April 21, 2011 @ 10:07 am

    mmm I love that they have ample toppings, I hate it when it’s skimpy.

    Looks ooegy gooey and delish! :)

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    • Jessica — April 21st, 2011 @ 10:21 am

      Me too. No one likes skimpy!

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    Erin — April 21, 2011 @ 10:08 am

    ::sticks on gold star::

    And it looks yummy too!

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    Sanjeeta kk — April 21, 2011 @ 10:45 am

    Oh…I love that slice of bread and the Artichoke spread! Glad to have come down here following a Tweet about this lovely recipe. Beautiful space :)

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    • Jessica — April 21st, 2011 @ 2:33 pm

      Thank you!

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    Jenn L @ Peas & Crayons — April 21, 2011 @ 10:46 am

    bahahaha I was going to make this yesterday! I had pumpernickel and was contemplating its success or failure ;) Still wondering if it will work with the rye flavor though. I’m skurrrred!

    great minds think alike! <3

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    • Jessica — April 21st, 2011 @ 2:32 pm

      It will totally work!! :)

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    Jil @ Big City, Lil Kitchen — April 21, 2011 @ 10:46 am

    Ohhh, wow – this looks incredible.

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    Ashley — April 21, 2011 @ 10:47 am

    LOL!! “I am the math queen!!” love it! I’ll remember to bring you some stickers when I see you in May for eating all of your veggies.

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    • Jessica — April 21st, 2011 @ 2:32 pm

      Sweet! Makes me feel special.

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    Kim in MD — April 21, 2011 @ 11:22 am

    YUM! I am making this for my party on Saturday! :-)

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    justine @ you're so martha — April 21, 2011 @ 11:57 am

    oh. my. word. that looks insanely delicious. i may ask to bring another dish to easter – an appetizer to go along with my dessert, so i have a reason to eat this on my diet (holidays don’t count in diet world).

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