Friday, July 19, 2013

Great Summer Grilling Recipe !

Grilled Artichokes with Olive Oil, Lemon and Fresh Herbs Seeing all the beautiful artichokes at last week's farmers' market inspired me to locate this favorite recipe. Be sure to serve artichokes made with this method, along with any summertime barbecue with friends. They'll never forget how wonderful grilled artichokes can taste! INGREDIENTS 2 lemons, halved 6 large artichokes 6 tablespoons butter 6 tablespoons olive oil 2 shallots, minced 4 tablespoons white wine 4 tablespoons lemon juice 3 tablespoons 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 two rows of leaves and cut off one-third of 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 barbecue for medium-high heat. Meanwhile, in a small sauce pan over medium heat, melt the butter with the olive oil. Add shallots, saute about one minute. Stir in white wine and lemon juice, cook about one to two minutes more and keep warm. Grill artichokes and baste with butter mixture. Grill until tender and lightly charred in spots, turning occasionally, about eight minutes. Transfer to a platter and drizzle artichokes with butter mixture and season with salt and pepper. Serve artichokes with remaining mixture in a dipping bowl.

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