Grilled Artichokes

Here is a great way to serve artichokes instead of the usual boiling or steaming method.
  • 3 large artichokes, stem trimmed and split lengthwise.
  • 1/4 cup olive oil.
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed and chopped.
  • salt.
  • melted butter, mayonnaise or other sauce for dipping.
  • garnish if desired.

First place the chopped garlic in the olive oil and allow to stand at room temperature for 3 hours to infuse the flavors. Alternately, you can place the olive oil and garlic in a food processor to produce a paste that you can use to baste the artichokes.

Brush the flavored olive oil on the surface of the artichokes and place them on the grill, cut side down. Cover the grill and allow the chokes to cook for approximately 12 minutes before turning. Baste again with the olive oil after turning. Cover the grill once again and allow to cook an additional 10 minutes.

After the artichokes are cooked, use a spoon the remove the fibrous matter in the center of the choke. Baste one final time and turn the chokes for a final searing before removing from the grill. Serve hot with a dipping sauce of your choice. I highly recommend serving this dish with Hollandaise or Béarnaise sauce for a special treat.

If you are not vegetarian, you might consider filling the cavity of the artichoke with crab or shrimp meat and top with a sauce before serving. Garnish the dish with a little chopped parsley or chopped chives.

  • Yields: 6 servings
  • Preparation Time: 30 minutes.
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