Artichokes are on top of my favorite food list. Though a little scary to look at and imagine how to prepare, it could not be easier. I showed you how to trim, steam, and simply enjoy in this post, but now I have taken it a step further and grilled them.
Follow the same steps (rubbing with lemon along the way), but leave the stem. I like to trim off a few of the bottom leaves and run a knife along the stem to get to the more tender parts, but it is not necessary.
Then cut the artichoke in half. With a spoon or melon baller, scoop out the choke (hairy looking part) and the purple leaves.
Steam the artichokes until just tender 20-30 minutes depending on how big they are.
Heat a grill to medium-high heat. Brush the artichokes with olive oil and minced garlic. Season with salt and pepper.
Grill indirectly uncut side down for 10 minutes. Then flip and grill another ten minutes directly on the heat.
You can serve them warm or at room temperature. So making them ahead for a party is perfect. I like to serve with a mayo based sauce. Here are my two favorite:
Whisk together light mayo, lemon juice, minced shallot, and some Dijon mustard to taste. Season with salt and pepper.
Whisk together light mayo, lime juice, minced garlic, sriracha, soy sauce and toasted sesame oil to taste.
Love this recipe and it can wow your guests without much work.