Preparing fresh artichokes shouldn't be intimidating; our step-by-step guide will have boiled or grilled chokes on your table in less than an hour.
Make Ahead Tip: Grilled artichokes will keep, covered, in the refrigerator for up to 1 day and may be served chilled.
- 2 lemons
- 4 large artichokes (3 to 3 1/2 pounds total)
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
Fill a Dutch oven with water; add the juice of 1 lemon. Trim leaves from the top of an artichoke. Remove the outer layer(s) of leaves from the stem end and snip all remaining spiky tips from the outer leaves. Trim an inch off the bottom of the stem and use a vegetable peeler to remove the fibrous outer layer. As each artichoke is prepared, drop it into the lemon water to prevent it from turning brown.
When all the artichokes are prepared, cover the pan and bring to a boil. Boil until the base of the stem can be pierced with a fork, 12 to 15 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board and let stand until cool enough to handle, about 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, preheat grill to medium. Slice the artichokes in half lengthwise. Scoop out the choke and first few inner layers in the center until the heart is revealed. Brush each half with oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Grill the artichokes until tender and lightly charred, about 5 minutes per side. Transfer to a serving platter, squeeze half a lemon over them and garnish with the remaining lemon half cut into 4 wedges. Serve warm, at room temperature or chilled.
Variation: For boiled artichokes, add 5 minutes to the boiling time above. Serve whole or cut in half and scoop out the chokes.
Recipe reprinted by permission of Publisher. All rights reserved.
nutrition information per serving
109 calories; 4g total fat; 1g total saturated fat; 0mg cholesterol; 225mg sodium; 17g carbohydrates; 9g fiber; 5g protein
These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.
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