Grilled baby artichokes

1 August 2011 § 4 Comments

Last week I bought some baby artichokes from the Hoboken Farmers’ Market. I’ll admit I was bullied into buying them by one of The Ladies™. Artichokes are not really a bad thing to be bullied into buying. I mean it’s not like they bullied me into buying them cans of soda and party-size bags of candy.

So Saturday came around and off we went to the Montclair Farmers’ Market to find something for lunch to serve with the artichokes.

The sun shone and it was a riot of colors with all the candy colored summer fruit and flowers. The Ladies did their usual rounds – which involved getting their fix of kielbasy, honey sticks and pickles which makes me wonder why they don’t ever get indigestion. They certainly did not complain about tummy aches as they ran from one market stand to another. Another thought – why do four-year olds find it so hard to walk – why do they have to run everywhere?

I ended up buying kielbasy as it is a winner with The Ladies™.  Then back home I decided to grill  it with the artichokes.

A lot of my friends are afraid of artichokes. They look intimidating with all those pointy thorn-like petals but they are actually easy to prepare and cook.

With baby artichokes you can eat the whole thing as they are a lot more tender that the full-size version. There is no need to remove the choke. Cooking them on the grill in a foil parcel is a really easy way and as they are effectively steamed they end up being very flavorful and tender.

Grilled Artichokes

Ingredients

  • Baby artichokes
  • A few sprigs of fresh thyme
  • Chopped garlic
  • Some olive oil
  • Lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper

First of all wash the artichoke under cold, running water. Pull off the outer petals until you get to the paler, softer ones. Cut off about 1/2 an inch of the top of the artichoke.. Trim the stalk back. Then wash the artichoke.

Squirt lemon juice over them to stop discoloring. Finely chop some garlic and place in among the artichoke petals

Pour a little olive oil over the artichokes and season. Then wrap with the thyme in some foil.

Bake on your grill for about 15-20 minutes until soft.

So both of The Ladies™ did try the artichokes, but neither liked them. They were very interested though which I took as a good sign. To be fair to them I don’t think I ate it until I was at least twenty years old.

If you’re still nervous about preparing them, here’s a good website I found with more information about preparing them.

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