Grilled Artichokes

This weekend was definitely one for the books.

Like, every single one of the books.

I had the pleasure of hosting the incredibly talented Helene Dujardin in my home. She. is. so. much. fun. you. guys.

We drank wine, we cooked, we watched mystery shows on tv, we took pictures, we went out to dinner with friends, we sang songs, we stayed up too late 3 nights in a row.

No, we did NOT paint each others toenails, youuuu.

After dropping her off at the airport yesterday, I got home to find the sofa actually handing me fluffy pillows and a cozy blanket to curl up with. I obeyed. For 3 straight hours. And then 7 more.

That said, I was halfway-sorta-maybe-in-a-way able to muster up a quickie moolicky (?) recipe to share with you today.

Ze grilled artichokes!

Have you ever grilled ’em before? Aaron and I discovered this technique only a couple of summers ago and it was like a first kiss, you guys. Lightning bolts, rays of sunshine, my little ponies dancing through a psychedelic rainbow above our heads.

Do it.

Only, let’s pretend that I actually took a picture of the finished dipping sauce. And let’s also pretend I took a picture of a single artichoke leaf IN the dipping sauce.

I can’t be blamed. It was that 429-hour nap.

Grilled Artichokes:

What it took for 2:

* 1 artichoke
* 2 cloves garlic, minced
* 2 Tbs. butter
* juice from half a lemon
* pinch of coarse salt

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Slice artichoke in half and immediately put it in the water. Boil 15 minutes.

Melt the butter and add the garlic, lemon juice and salt. Whisk, whisk. Try not to drink it.

Preheat grill to medium.

Grill the artichokes on both sides, 15 minutes total, while basting with a little of the butter sauce.

To eat, pull off each leaf and dip in remaining butter sauce.

Faint from bliss.

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26 Responses to Grilled Artichokes

  1. Cindy October 17, 2011 at 2:56 pm #
    Recipe sounds tasty! Also, love the single artichoke pic! M or A setting on your camera??? hahaha!
  2. DessertForTwo October 17, 2011 at 3:08 pm #
    There's a little restaurant in Napa I wanna take you & Carly & Cassie to when y'all come play with me in wine country called The Rutherford Grill. They grill artichokes and serve with a smoked paprika butter for dipping. I die.
    • Cassie [Bake Your Day] October 17, 2011 at 3:27 pm #
      Yes, yes, and yes! I'm there! :) These sound to-die-for, Bev!
    • Bev Weidner October 18, 2011 at 12:47 am #
      Done. and. done.
  3. Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray October 17, 2011 at 3:10 pm #
    Gorgeous! Looks so tasty. Need to get grilling before it starts snowing here ;)
  4. kelley October 17, 2011 at 4:23 pm #
    Why don't I ever grill artichokes? That's what I'm going to be asking myself all day. I steamed some yesterday and they were tasty but nowhere as beautiful as yours! Sounds like a fantastic weekend!
  5. Katie October 17, 2011 at 7:57 pm #
    Oh my land...why have I never grilled them before? I think I'll have to make them just so I can see the leaves in the buttery sauce.
  6. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga October 17, 2011 at 8:36 pm #
    they look...amazing. I LOVE artichokes but never make them b/c they are..well..hard to work with for me. I always ruin them! I buy the TJs Just Artichokes in the freezer case. No oil, garlic or salt...but I want to have your homemade grilled version, big time!
  7. Elizabeth October 17, 2011 at 10:00 pm #
    What a gorgeous post! I love anything artichoke.. oh the flavors. I think I even have some artichokes at home... guess I can satisfy the craving.. STAT! Thanks for sharing.
    • Bev Weidner October 18, 2011 at 12:48 am #
      Thanks so much, Elizabeth! I appreciate you dropping by!
  8. Lauren October 18, 2011 at 3:34 am #
    My little ponies dance in your head too?
  9. Deborah October 18, 2011 at 4:38 am #
    YUM!! I adore artichokes - and this looks amazing!
  10. Alexia @ NamasteYoga October 18, 2011 at 7:50 am #
    oh god, these artichokes look amazing. my mouth is watering (good that it's lunch time now and i get to eat ;). I have had the biggest craving for roasted artichokes in ages and the only option i would have is buying a tinned version- 12 euros for 4 pieces! :(
  11. Sylvia@bascooking October 18, 2011 at 10:01 am #
    Looks very taste , Very cool idea. Love all of your pics. Gorgeous
  12. Cookin' Cowgirl October 18, 2011 at 1:31 pm #
    Those look amazing! These remind me of my parents...they always had these when I was growing up. Might have to try soon! :)
  13. jenna October 18, 2011 at 1:45 pm #
    artichokes are so beautiful, aren't they? this looks so delish!
  14. Shaina October 18, 2011 at 2:00 pm #
    We love grilling artichokes. My 5-year-old begs for them whenever we see them at the store. Love. Helene is fantastic. I'm so glad you had the opportunity to host her. :)
  15. shelly (cookies and cups) October 19, 2011 at 12:06 pm #
    What a lucky girl! Spending all that QT with Helene :) Also, artichokes kinda rule my world. is that weird?
  16. Healthy Juicer October 19, 2011 at 6:35 pm #
    Never tried cooking a whole artichoke. I was always intimidated by it since I did not know what to do with it. After seeing the pictures and checking out the ingredients I think I am going to try it since it is such an easy recipe.
    • Healthy Juicer October 19, 2011 at 6:51 pm #
      I forgot to ask, when you say grill them are you grilling them on a barbeque grill or do you recommend grilling them on a grill pan over the stove? I do need to purchase a grill pan. Can you suggest any brands that are a good quality?
      • Bev Weidner October 19, 2011 at 6:54 pm #
        Thanks so much for reaching out! Actually, we just threw these on our outdoor grill at a good medium heat for about 15 minutes. Depending on your grill, it might take a little shorter or a little longer. But as far as grill pans go, I recently just bought a cast iron version, and I love it! I bought it at World Market, but I'm betting Target has something close. Thanks again! Let me know how they turn out!
        • Healthy Juicer November 6, 2011 at 12:34 am #
          The weather was nice here in Chicago so I ended up cooking them on the grill outside. First time I cooked a whole artichoke. It was actually easier to make than I thought it would be. The garlic and lemon juice mixed with butter was all it needed. I savored every bite of it. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe. Loved it!! p.s. I had to watch a YouTube video on how to eat it since I have not eaten a whole artichoke either. Only ate the hearts from a jar. LOL


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