How to Grill Artichokes

How to Grill Artichokes on TheShiksa.com #cooking #tutorial

Grilling makes almost everything taste better, including artichokes! The trick to making a great grilled artichoke is doing most of the cooking before it ever hits the grill. The artichoke should be steamed and cooked till fully tender, but not overly soft. Brush them with oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper, then grill till you char some grill marks into the stem. The result is a tender, flavorful artichoke – a nice change of pace from the steamed variety.

How to Grill Artichokes

Ingredients

  • 3 Artichokes
  • 1 Lemon
  • 1/8 cup grapeseed oil, or any oil with a high smoke point
  • Salt and pepper

You will also need

  • Serrated knife or sharp chef's knife, melon baller, large pot with lid, steaming basket, pastry brush, tongs, grill
Total Time: 75 - 90 Minutes
Servings: 6 artichoke halves or 12 artichoke quarters
Kosher Key: Pareve
  • For each artichoke, rinse under cold water. Pat dry with a clean kitchen towel or paper towel. Remove any stray leaves from the stem of the artichoke.
  • How to Grill Artichokes on TheShiksa.com #cooking #tutorialWith kitchen shears, or sharp scissors, remove the thorny tips from the leaves.
  • How to Grill Artichokes on TheShiksa.com #cooking #tutorialWith a sharp chef's knife or serrated knife, cut about an inch off of the top of the artichoke.
  • How to Grill Artichokes on TheShiksa.com #cooking #tutorialKeep a lemon handy to rub onto the exposed areas so that they do not oxidize and turn brown.
  • How to Grill Artichokes on TheShiksa.com #cooking #tutorialRemove the bitter, fibrous end of the stem with your knife, leaving about an inch left on the artichoke. Be sure to rub a lemon onto the exposed end of the stem.
  • How to Grill Artichokes on TheShiksa.com #cooking #tutorialPeel the outer skin from the remaining stem. The stem can has a more bitter taste than the rest of the artichoke and removing the skin helps to take away some of the bitterness. Rub exposed peeled stem with lemon.
  • How to Grill Artichokes on TheShiksa.com #cooking #tutorialRun the artichoke under cold water, pulling apart the leaves to carefully rinse out the vegetable and remove any impurities.
  • With a sharp chef's knife, cut the artichoke in half. Remove the furry, inedible choke with a melon baller or spoon. Rinse the artichoke to remove all pieces of the furry choke, if needed. Be sure to keep exposed areas covered with lemon juice throughout process.
  • How to Grill Artichokes on TheShiksa.com #cooking #tutorialYou can grill the artichokes as halves, or slice them into quarters. Quarters will cook a bit faster; halves make a nice presentation.
  • How to Grill Artichokes on TheShiksa.com #cooking #tutorialBoil a large pot of water with a steaming basket inside. Be sure that the water level doesn’t touch the bottom of the steaming basket. When water boils, place as many artichoke halves or quarters as you can fit into the basket in a single layer, exposed side down. Steam artichokes for around 45 minutes, or until they are nice and tender (but not overly soft or falling apart). Steaming time will vary based on the size of your artichokes; quarters will cook faster than halves. You should be able to easily insert a knife into the stem. Taste test the base of a leaf to make sure they are cooked enough to eat, as they will not cook much on the grill-- grilling is done to impart a smoky flavor, and won't make them much more tender.
  • How to Grill Artichokes on TheShiksa.com #cooking #tutorialPreheat grill. With a brush, coat exposed area of artichokes with grapeseed oil, or any oil with a high smoke point.
  • How to Grill Artichokes on TheShiksa.com #cooking #tutorialSprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • How to Grill Artichokes on TheShiksa.com #cooking #tutorialPlace artichokes, exposed side down and leaf side up, onto the grill over medium heat. Cook for about 8 minutes, or until you have nice grill marks.
  • How to Grill Artichokes on TheShiksa.com #cooking #tutorialTo eat the artichoke, pull off the upper leaves one at a time. For each leaf, place the edible meaty area at the base of the leaf between your teeth, then scrape off the soft edible flesh. Discard the rest of the leaf. Once you've finished eating the leaves, enjoy the meaty base of the artichoke known as the heart, as well as the stem.
  • How to Grill Artichokes on TheShiksa.com #cooking #tutorialOnce grilled, artichokes can be served with a variety of sauces. Of course, they go great with the traditional sauces, like hollandaise.
  • Olive oil-based dressings like vinaigrette also work well. I particularly love serving them with fresh lemon herb sauce.
  • How to Grill Artichokes on TheShiksa.com #cooking #tutorial

Note: Strictly kosher Jews have their own guidelines for cleaning and consuming artichokes, which differ from the tutorials that appear on my site. If you’re concerned, you can learn more on the OK website.

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  1. Excellent - 5 starsExcellent - 5 starsExcellent - 5 starsExcellent - 5 starsExcellent - 5 stars
    Picked up a few great tips, thanks. Cutting off the tops and also grilling them. I don’t need any sauce, they’re great plain.

  2. The first place that I had this was around the area of the Temple in Rome. I have been making this for about 30 years.

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