Thursday, August 22, 2013

Recipe Creation: The Perfect Grilled Artichoke

Artichokes are tough.  Seriously.  I have failed many a times trying to cook these perfectly.  If you just grill them, they are too tough and if you just steam or boil them, you don't have those beautiful grill marks and charred flavor.  So, I decided to do both!  I was trying my best to (re)create my favorite grilled artichoke at Lolinda and I don't think you'll be disappointed!  In terms of serving the artichoke, I prefer serving it with Lemonaise (lemon aioli) or melted butter, but you can also make extra garlic oil and dip it in that too.  The best thing about artichokes is that they are delicious AND fun to eat ; )

Serves 2


  • 1 artichoke
  • 1/2 lemon, cut into wedges
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • Salt & pepper, to taste


-Preheat the grill to 400 F.
-Fill a large bowl with cold water and add a wedge of lemon.
-Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to boil.
-Trim the artichoke and cut it in half.
-Immediately place the artichoke halves in the cold lemon water.
-Remove halves momentarily to scoop out the fuzzy center of each artichoke.
-Place artichokes in the pot and boil for 15 minutes.
-In a small bowl, mix the oil, remaining lemon juice, and garlic together in a bowl.
-Season the olive oil & garlic mixture with salt and pepper, to taste.
-Remove the artichokes from the boiling water and brush with the garlic mixture.
-Place on the grill, flat side down, for 5-8 minutes.
-Remove from grill and serve with aioli, butter, or more garlicky olive oil.


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