Monday, June 13, 2011

Grilled Artichokes!

Grilled Artichokes!

4 medium sized artichokes
chicken broth
3 bay leaves
3 cloves garlic
1 tsp crushed red pepper

Trim stem off bottom of artichokes.
Trim about 1 inch off leaves at top.
Place artichokes in large pot stem down.
Pour chicken broth over artichokes covering them about 3/4 of the way.
Add water if needed.
Add bay leaves, garlic, chili pepper flakes, and salt and pepper
Boil about 20 minutes till artichoke stem is softened but not mushy.

While artichokes are cooking make marinade.
2/3 cup olive oil
3 TB soy sauce
3 TB water
3 TB balsamic vinegar
1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
set aside to use later

Remove artichokes and drain. Allow to cool 15 minutes
Cut artichokes in half starting at stem end
Remove inner leaves and fuzzy "choke"
Brush marinade on inside of artichokes.
I also like to try to drizzle some INTO the leaves
Grill 4 minutes on each side, brushing with more marinade if you'd like

While artichokes are grilling, separate 1/2 cup marinade in small dish and add about 2 TB mayonnaise to make dip.

When artichokes are done, place on a dish with balsamic mayonnaise dip in the center for your guests to enjoy.

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