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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Grilled Artichokes

I was up late watching the food network channel the other day and I saw this recipe. Our family LOVES artichokes. Even my 4 year old picky daughter who won't eat anything else green without a fuss!  Here is the recipe I found online, called Grilled Artichokes with Parsley and Garlic... I modified it a bit and will show you how I made mine below.

I will definitely be making this again. I made this whole platter for only my husband, my 4 year old and myself and served it along side the McCormick Apple and Sage Pork Chops. There wasn't a drop of artichokes left tonight... we practically licked the platter clean!

*2 artichokes
*2 lemon halves + about 1 T of lemon juice (you can freshly squeeze a lemon... I didn't have an extra one
      so i used lemon juice that comes in the container that looks like a lemon)
*2 T Olive Oil (good brand if you have one)
*2 tsp montreal steak seasoning
*2 T chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
*1 T sea salt
(I didn't have any fresh garlic on hand, but if I did I would have minced a clove or two as well for this)

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Preheat grill to medium-high heat.
Trim the stem from each artichoke to 1-inch long, then bend back and snap off dark outer leaves. Cut top inch of artichokes with serrated knife. Using a vegetable peeler, peel dark green areas from stem and base of artichoke. Quarter each artichoke. Using a small, sharp knife, cut out the choke and remove the purple, prickly tipped leaves from the center of each wedge. I then cut each quarter in half again, making each artichoke 8 pieces.
Place finished artichokes in a large bowl of cold water and squeeze 2 lemons into the water and stir. Continue with remaining artichoke. 
Once you have cut both artichokes and your water is boiling, drain the artichokes and place into boiling water and cook until crisp-tender, about 12 minutes.
Drain the cooked artichokes and place onto preheated grill. Grill on medium until tender and lightly charred in spots, turning occasionally, about 10 minutes. 
Right before I took them off the grill, i combined remaining ingredients on a platter. Drizzling the olive oil and lemon juice down first and then sprinkling the seasonings on top.  I took the platter out to the grill and placed the artichokes on the platter. I tossed them around a bit on the platter to coat them with the oil and seasonings. Serve immediately.

cut in half after i trimmed top inch and cut down outside leaves, as well as removed some outer leaves and trimmed stem.

This is half the artichoke cut into quarters.  (or eights of the whole artichoke). Purple leaves and fuss have been removed... leaving heart intact!! Place these into your cold lemon water while you cut remaining artichokes.

boil till fork tender

After boiled

Place each on grill. Grill on each side 4-5 minutes

platter with my olive oil, parsley and seasonings

coat the artichokes in the oil mixture


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