Grilled artichokes

I’ve been eating grilled artichokes almost every night for the past week.  I could stay on this trend for awhile. Especially when I’m paring that ‘choke with the best sauce ever! Honestly, these are really easy to make and taste amazing, sauce or not.

The manfriend likes artichokes, but doesn’t understand them. “It’s a lot of work for not a lot of yield,” he says. Spoken like a farmer in the making! No, eating an artichoke will likely not fill you up. But who cares when they taste so good!?

Here’s what you do:

  1. Buy an artichoke. Usually one per person. Try to find artichokes with tight leaves.
  2. Cut the bottom stem off so you have a level, flat base for your artichoke.
  3. Fill a pot with about an inch of water and set a steamer basket in there.
  4. Place the artichokes in, put on the top to the pot and let these babies steam (for about 40-50 minutes).
  5. The artichoke is done when you can pull out one of the leaves fairly easily.
  6. At this point, cut the artichokes in half and scrape out the hairy crap (the choke) in the middle making sure not to damage the heart.
  7. Drizzle the outside with olive oil and sprinkle on salt and pepper. Do the same to the inside.
  8. Place on the grill and grill each side for 5-7 minutes.
  9. EAT!

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