My goodness, this recipe is delicious! It’s ridiculously simple, and most surely worth cooking several days in a row. It’s time to use your grill for more than burgers. Say hello to some tasty healthy grilled artichokes!
The artichokes are steamed first, so that they are nice and tender, then put on the grill to get a touch of smoke flavor and some charred grill lines. The cavities are filled with butter and lemon, which permeates throughout the artichoke petals so that each bite is perfectly "dipped" in lemon butter. Awesome.
- 2 medium-large globe artichokes, trimmed*
- 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1/2 large lemon
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Grated Parmesan or asiago, for serving (optional)
Cut the artichokes in half and place in a steamer to cook. Steam for 20 minutes, then remove from the heat. (At this point, you can take the steamed artichokes straight out to the grill, or you can allow them to cool to room temperature and then place them in the refrigerator to cook later.)
Get the grill nice and hot, as in 500-600 degrees, and make sure the grates are clean. Place the artichokes, cut side down, on the grill and cook without moving them for about 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, flip 1 artichoke over. If it has some good grill lines on it, turn the rest over as well.
Place about 1/2 tablespoon of the butter into each artichoke cavity. Squeeze fresh lemon juice over each artichoke, covering all areas, with the highest concentration in the cavity. Season with salt and pepper, to taste, then close the grill lid and cook for a minimum of 5 minutes, preferably closer to 10 minutes.
Once grilled, remove the artichokes from the grill, being careful not to spill the melted butter. (Since the butter permeates the artichoke petals so well, dipping butter or mayonnaise is not needed.) Simply plate and serve the artichokes "as is." A little grated Parmesan or asiago cheese over the top is a nice touch, but is completely unnecessary for flavor.