grilled artichokes…

spring is finally here!

yesterday we celebrated easter sunday with an afternoon egg hunt and leisurely family lunch of delicious springtime foods- lamb chops, asparagus, fresh corn and artichokes- one of my favorite vegetables!

grilling artichokes is actually very easy; we hadn’t tried it before, so we were pleasantly surprised to discover how simple it was.  i have a feeling we will be making this dish quite often in the upcoming weeks…

ingredients-

  • fresh artichokes complete with leaves
  • 1/2 cup olice oil (plus a little more for grilling)
  • 1/2 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese or nutritional yeast
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • crush red pepper, if desired

instructions-

  • prepare grill to medium heat
    • we used a charcoal grill yesterday, but you can also use a grill pan
  • in a large pot, heat water until boiling
  • add artichokes and cook until slightly softened- about 15 minutes
  • slice artichokes in half and brush olive oil on both sides
  • place artichokes face down on center of grill
  • cook for approximately 5-6 minutes
    • you will notice that the artichokes seem to shrink- or wilt- once they are cooked; this means it is time to turn them
  • cook leaf side of artichokes for 4-5 minutes more
  • serve warm with dipping sauce

dipping sauce-

  • mix together olive oil, lemon juice, parmesan cheese, garlic, salt, pepper and red pepper using a strong blender (or whisk by hand if preferred)

ps: we also had a lot of questions about the delicious lemon meringue pie that alara made. it was our first attempt at lemon meringue so we used martha stewart’s recipe- it was delicious and i highly recommend it!

you can find the recipes here:

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