Veg Intimidation: How To Cook Grilled Artichokes

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How To Cook Grilled Artichokes

Artichokes are one of the first foods that the Pilot and I would make to go along with our dinners. When we first started dating, money was tight so instead of going out to eat, we’d share an ahi tuna steak and cook two artichoke hearts as our fancy dinner at home. The Pilot is kind of the artichoke king and over time, he’s shared the method to cook them perfectly. They can seem like an intimidating veg – they’re covered in battle spears for goodness sake – but they’re a simply-prepared and nutrient-dense side.

Here’s the step-by-step artichokes recipe!

How to Prepare Artichokes

Artichokes need a bit of a trim before you cook them. You’ll pull off the artichoke leaves, trim the top and the stem, and scoop out the chokes.

After trimming, place the artichokes in a bowl of cold water with a squeeze of lemon juice to prevent browning. You can also rub lemon juice on the cut areas of each artichoke, but I find it much easier to just dunk them in lemon water.


Now it’s time to cook them!

How to Cook Artichokes

You’ll boil the artichokes for 20-30 minutes or until tender. Alternatively, you can steam the artichokes for 20 minutes. Check to see if they’re done by piercing the stem of one with a fork to see if it’s easily goes through.

 

Once they’re done, you’ll have the choice to either eat them like that, sprinkled with salt and pepper, or grill them cut side down. Lightly charred grilled artichokes are next level delicious! Either way, they’ll be amazing with your dip of choice (see options in the recipe below).

Artichoke Dipping Sauce

There are several flavorful dipping sauces that go great with artichokes. My favorites are:

Melted butter with chives
Goddess dressing
Mayo with a squeeze of lemon
Sriracha yogurt lemon sauce (1 container plain yogurt, 1-2 tsp sriracha, and a squeeze of lemon juice)

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Ingredients

2 artichokes
2 lemons
1 bay leaf
sea salt
olive oil
garlic (optional)
dipping sauces (ideas to follow)


Instructions

Cut off the top part of the ‘choke, and also about 1/2 inch to an inch off the stem. Pull off any outer leaves that look bruised or funky.
Place the artichokes in a bowl of cold water with a squeeze of lemon juice to prevent browning.
Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
Add one halved lemon, one bay leaf and 1/2 teaspoon salt.
Put the artichokes in the pot, cover, and leave at a rolling boil for 20-30 minutes, depending on the size. Make sure that all parts of the artichoke are boiled, so that may mean a good stir from time to time.
To check if the artichoke is done, remove from the boiling water and gently pierce the stem with a fork. If it easily goes through, you’re GTG. Any resistance, and the artichoke goes back in the pot for 5 minutes before checking again.
After the artichoke is fully cooked, you can stop here and get your dipping sauce ready. If you have the grill heated, you can take it to the extreme by removing the artichokes, gently patting them dry, and cutting in half before coating with a light brushing of olive oil or butter.
Grill on high heat for about 5 minutes (until nicely charred) and sprinkle with sea salt.

Notes

Serve with the dipping sauce of your choice!
-Melted butter with chives
-Goddess dressing
-Mayo with a squeeze of lemon
-Sriracha yogurt lemon sauce (1 container plain yogurt, 1-2 tsp sriracha, and a squeeze of lemon juice)

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Artichoke fans: yay or nay? Fave dipping sauce?

For more ways to enjoy artichokes, check out my Kale and Artichoke Dip and this amazing Spring Quinoa Salad with Artichokes, Feta, and Asparagus.

Any vegetables you despise or have been wanting to try? I’ve never loved raw celery, but for some reason I suddenly don’t mind it in green juices.

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