Monday, May 19, 2008

I HeArT Artichokes

Growing up in California, I don't think you have a choice in loving these prickly little suckers. I can't believe that for more than 2 decades I have only eaten them steamed. Chris mentioned a few weeks back that we should try them grilled, and that we did. Let me tell you folks, we have been missing out big time. It takes a little prep to get them steamed and marinated before hand, but all in all I didn't feel it was that much more work, and OH, the results were heavenly. For the sauce we mixed 1/2 mayo and 1/2 sour cream with some chives. They also mentioned you could add a tbsp of horseradish sauce, which we didn't happen to have, but feel free if that floats your boat. Tis the season! Enjoy.

(Recipe for 4 artichokes, 8 servings ½ artichoke each)
This recipe is perfect for the lazy cook, since all preparation can be done the previous day. The slightly smoky taste compliments the nuttiness of the artichoke and no dip is necessary, although some might want to use additional marinade for dipping.

4 large artichokes
¼ cup balsamic vinegar
¼ cup water ¼ cup soy sauce
1 T minced ginger
¼ cup olive oil


1. Slice artichoke tops off, crosswise. Trim Stems.
2. Boil or steam artichokes until bottoms pierce easily, or a petal pulls off easily.
3. Drain artichokes. Cool. Cut each artichoke in half lengthwise and scrape out fuzzy center and any purple tipped petals.
4. Mix remaining ingredients in a large plastic bag. Place artichokes in the bag and coat all sides of the artichokes. For best flavor marinate in the mixture overnight in the refrigerator but should marinate at least one hour.
5. Drain artichokes. Place cut side down on a grill over a solid bed of medium coals or gas grill on medium. Grill until lightly browned on the cut side, 5 to 7 minutes. Turn artichokes over and drizzle some of the remaining marinade over the artichokes. Grill until petal tips are lightly charred, 3 to 4 minutes more.
6. Serve hot or room temperature


  1. Wow. That sounds so good. And I happen to have 2 little artichokies sitting in my fridge. I will definitely be giving this one a try this weekend - thanks Nat!

  2. I made these artichokes for dinner this weekend and was told I had 'outdone myself.' Love them and looking forward to some variations on the marinating/grilling idea. Thanks!

  3. Glad you had a good experience K! I'm doing a repeat performance this weekend. Can't stop thinking about them. I just bought a bag o' 4 at Costco yesterday! YUMMM