Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Great warm-weather outdoor grilling recipe !

Grilled Artichokes with Olive Oil, Lemon and Fresh Herbs Here’s a great summertime side dish perfectly suited for an outdoor barbeque with family and friends. The addition of local lemons to this recipe provides just the right amount of flavor complexity and necessary acidity to grilled artichokes. Ingredients 2 lemons, halved 6 large artichokes 6 tbsp butter 6 tbsp olive oil 2 shallots, minced 4 tbsp white wine 4 tbsp lemon juice 3 tbsp chopped fresh herbs such as basil, marjoram or thyme salt and freshly ground pepper to taste Directions Bring large pot of water to boil. Fill a large bowl with cold water and squeeze lemon juice into cold water. Cut stems off artichokes, leaving about 1 inch. Snap off outer 2 rows of leaves and cut off 1/3 artichoke. Quarter artichokes lengthwise. Using a paring knife, cut out fuzzy choke and prickly small leaves. Place cut artichokes in lemon water as you finishing cleaning them. Place cleaned and trimmed artichokes in pot of salted boiling water. Boil artichokes until just tender, about 15 minutes. Drain and transfer to a rack and cool. Note: Artichokes can be prepared, to this point, up to one day ahead. If making ahead, cover and refrigerate until finalizing preparation just before serving. Prepare barbeque for medium-high heat. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter with the olive oil. Add shallots, sauté about one minute. Stir in white wine and lemon juice, cook about 1-2 minutes more and keep warm. Grill artichokes and baste with butter mixture. Grill until tender and lightly charred in spots, turning occasionally, about 8 minutes. Transfer to a platter and drizzle artichokes with butter mixture and season with salt and pepper. Serve artichokes

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