On the way back from Guido’s extraordinary garden, I stopped at the market for a chicken. But what caught my eye was the artichokes for 50 cents a piece. I picked up 4 and had visions of a summer delight.
Grilled artichokes, for me it conjures an image of cobblestone streets and ancient stone houses, grizzled old men and women whose lives you can read in their weathered faces. Simple food, fresh in from the fields, a crusty bread and wine from the grapes down the road. Oh, where was I? Right, in the suburbs of Chicago. Sigh…..
But I can still have grilled artichokes. So here they are:
For the sauce (adapted from epicurious.com)
1/2 cup (125 ml) mayonnaise
3 Tablespoons (45 ml) Worcestershire sauce
2 Tablespoons (30 ml) olive oil
2 Tablespoons (30 ml) sesame oil
1 1/2 Tablespoons (22 ml) honey
big splash lemon juice
3/4 teaspoon (4 ml) salt
Mix all together in a bowl and refrigerate
For the artichokes
4 artichokes trimmed
1/2 cup (125 ml) olive oil
2 cloves garlic minced
- Combine olive oil and minced garlic – set aside
- Fill a big pot with water, add a generous 1/2 cup lemon juice
- Trim the artichokes, cutting off the top 1/4 and trimming the pointy leaves with kitchen shears.
- Put trimmed artichokes in lemon-watered pot
- When finished with all the artichokes, drain all but the last 1″ of water in the pot, remove the chokes, place a steamer insert, put the chokes back in, cover the pot with a lid, bring to a boil and steam for 10 minutes.
- Cut into halves, then quarters. Use a spoon to remove the choke, it’s the feathery bits above the top of the stem (the heart). Discard the choke.
- Finish cleaning all the artichokes.
- Prepare a grill to medium high heat. For the best flavor, I’d use lump wood charcoal, but as it was 95F out, I opted for just using the handy propane grill.
- Put the artichokes on the grill and brush with the prepared garlic olive oil.
In the picture below the spoon is pointing at the bits to be removed.
Grill until tender and artichoke have a bit of char on them. Plate and serve with Sesame dressing.
Under the big sun umbrella, with my eyes closed, eating these with my fingers, I am transported.
Until next time, Eat Well & Keep Digging!
July 18, 2011
Looks yummy! I have never bought fresh artichokes before, just might have to try some now!
July 19, 2011
Sorry but I have to disagree with you on Artichokes. I know that lots of gourmets love them ,but I have never seen the attraction in them. I think they are very laborious to prepare and the taste doesn't justify the effort! (Oh, and they give me flatulence!) 🙂
July 20, 2011
This post takes me back to my youth, David. Mom would prepare the artichokes and Dad would grill them, no matter what the weather. They were great back then and yours look delicious now.
July 21, 2011
Mrs Pickles – please do they are fun to make!
Mark, to each their own. They were fun to make and delicious!
ChgoJohn – what a wonderful memory, and what better way to honor that memory than to whip up a batch!