Thursday, March 22, 2012

Slap Those Artichokes on the Grill

Yes, it’s time for another tasty blog post from the Foodgasm kitchens. I just love appetizers or small bites of food. This recipe for Grilled Artichokes with Spicy Sweet Remoulade Sauce is one of my favorite appetizers to make and most definitely to eat. Artichokes I feel are a very underused and appreciated vegetable. The recipe is great to make indoors on a grill pan or on an outdoor grill. And you can prep the artichokes and steam ahead of time and then grill right before you serve. So, it’s a great make-ahead treat to have ready for any gathering of food lovers.

These grilled artichokes taste even better with the spicy sweet remoulade sauce for that perfect Foodgasmic moment.  This is a very sexy food to eat as you bite on a leaf, softly drag your teeth along the soft part and savor.
Grilled Artichokes with Spicy Sweet Remoulade Sauce
Serves 4 for appetizers

Remoulade Sauce
¾ cup homemade or store bought mayonnaise
1 ½ tablespoons sun dried tomato spread/paste
2 teaspoons honey
½ teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons hot sauce (I like to use Cholula hot sauce)
¼ teaspoon black pepper
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
¼ teaspoon smoked paprika
¾ teaspoon chopped garlic, about 2 cloves

Mix all of the ingredients in a bowl and serve as a dip with the grilled artichokes.
Leftover sauce will keep, refrigerated, for up to 3 or 4 days.

Grilled Artichokes
4 fresh artichokes
1 lemon
Salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste.
(Optional) 1 bay leaf, few whole peppercorns, 1-2 slices of lemon or lemon rind for the steaming water.

You'll need a steamer pot or even a regular pot that you can put a steamer basket into. Put water in the pot to just under the steamer basket or just under halfway in a steamer pot. . To steam the artichokes, put in water bay leaf, few peppercorns or lemon rind or lemon slice. Cut off the pointy tops of the whole artichokes and put in the steamer. Steam for 20-25 minutes, or until knife goes in easily near the base.

Take off lid and rest for 5 minutes (cooler to work with). Clean off any extra or bad leaves on the outside. Cut into quarters (4 pieces for each artichoke). Scoop out choke( the bulky thread-like center). Brush both sides with extra virgin olive oil, little salt and pepper on open cut side. Squeeze the juice of 1 lemon over the artichokes.

Fire up grill to a high heat/flame. Put the artichoke quarters on super hot grill, cut side down. Grill for 3-5 minutes on each side, depending on how dark the grill marks you want. Take off of the grill. Arrange them on a plate and serve with the spicy sweet remoulade sauce to dip into. Savor and enjoy.

And, let me know what you think of them!

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