Grilled artichokes are a delicious and flavorful way to enjoy this unique vegetable.
4 large artichokes
2 lemons, halved
4 cloves of garlic, minced
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Old Bay Seasoning, salt and black pepper, to taste
Optional: melted butter or garlic aioli for dipping
Fill a large pot with water and squeeze the juice of one lemon into it. Bring the water to a boil.
While the water is heating, prepare the artichokes by trimming the tops and cutting off the stems. Remove any tough outer leaves and use kitchen scissors to snip the thorny tips of the remaining leaves.
Once the water is boiling, add the artichokes to the pot. Squeeze the juice of the remaining lemon halves over the artichokes and add them to the pot as well.
Boil the artichokes for about 20-25 minutes until they are tender when pierced with a fork.
While the artichokes are boiling, preheat a grill to medium-high heat.
In a small bowl, combine the minced garlic, olive oil, salt, and black pepper.
Once the artichokes are cooked, remove them from the boiling water and let them cool slightly.
Cut each artichoke in half vertically and use a spoon to scrape out the fuzzy choke from the center of each half.
Brush the cut sides of the artichokes with the garlic and olive oil mixture.
Place the artichokes, cut side down, on the preheated grill. Grill for about 5-7 minutes, or until nicely charred.
Flip the artichokes over and grill for an additional 3-5 minutes.
Remove the grilled artichokes from the grill and serve them warm.
Optionally, you can serve them with melted butter or garlic aioli for dipping.
Grilled artichokes make a fantastic appetizer or side dish. The smoky flavor from the grill adds a wonderful dimension to the natural taste of the artichokes. Enjoy!