Grilling an artichoke is no easy task, but it can be done. Follow these steps for “How To Grill Artichoke”
1. Remove any damaged leaves from the outside of the artichoke by pulling them off with your fingers.
2. Trim and peel the stem if desired. Cut off the top 1/4 of an inch or so and discard it, then cut crosswise into quarters (or sixths, depending on size) and place in lemon water to prevent oxidation of color (or steam in a bowl or on your kitchen counter).
3. Fill your gas or charcoal grill with charcoal until you reach about half way up the side of the grill.
4. Place artichokes on the grill and cover it with a lid or foil for about 10 minutes, turning once if necessary to insure even cooking. Artichokes are done when they are blackened in spots and can be easily peeled or cut by hand.
5. Remove artichokes from the grill and immediately place on a plate.
6. Slice the top third off, and peel the outer leaves of each quarter to expose the heart.
7. Use a spoon or your fingers to remove the fuzzy choke from the middle, leaving only tender heart.
8. Dip each piece of artichoke in melted butter, or serve with your favorite dipping sauce (aioli, béarnaise or other flavored mayonnaise).
Artichokes are very perishable, so they are usually available only in the spring and early summer months. When choosing an artichoke, look for one that is heavy for its size, with firm and unblemished leaves. The leaves should snap off easily when pulled. To store artichokes, keep them tightly wrapped in plastic wrap or place them in a plastic bag with your refrigerator. They will keep for about 1 week.
Before grilling artichokes, peel off any heavy outer layers of leaves. Cut off the top half to one inch (depending on size) and remove the fuzzy choke with a spoon or your fingers. Leave only the tender heart of the artichoke.
Preheat grill until hot (about 25-30 minutes). Place artichokes directly on grill and cover with lid or aluminum foil. Turn artichokes over once during grilling time, about 10 minutes total time.
It’s important to remember that the best and fastest way to grill a whole artichoke is as follows:
-Gather your ingredients, including a bowl of cold water into which you’ll immerse the whole artichoke, before prepping and cooking on the grill.
-Place one or two pieces of lemon and slices of garlic in each side of the bowl.
-Preheat your grill on high.
-Remove and trim the bottom leaves of the artichoke, and use a sturdy knife to cut off 1/3 of each leaf.
-Place artichokes on grill, cover with lid or aluminum foil.
-Turn once during grilling time (about 10 minutes total).
-Remove from grill, immediately immerse in cold water to stop cooking process. This will make it easier to peel their outer leaves.
-Use a spoon or your fingers to remove the fuzzy choke from the middle, leaving only tender heart.
-Dip each piece of artichoke in melted butter, or serve with your favorite dipping sauce (aioli, béarnaise or other flavored mayonnaise).
Benefits of Grill Artichoke:
1. The highest quality of cancer-fighting antioxidants and anti-inflammatories, as well as a top source of dietary fiber, vitamins and minerals, is present in the hearts. Artichokes are also a good source of vitamin C, folic acid and potassium.
2. Since artichokes are generally low in calories, they make a healthy addition to any diet plan or weight loss plan. For example, steamed artichoke hearts only contain about 60 calories per 100g!
3. Since they are rich in fiber and water, artichokes may help regulate bowel movements and can also help you manage your weight by keeping you feeling full for a longer period of time.
4. Artichokes are high in antioxidants and vitamins, which have been linked to the prevention of degenerative diseases, cancer and reduced risk of heart disease.
5. Due to the high fiber content, artichokes are beneficial for your digestive system. They have a powerful effect on controlling diarrhea, nausea and vomiting. In addition to these, they also function as a natural laxative in case of constipation.
How Long We Use Grill Artichoke?
We recommend that you only consume artichokes within 1-2 days of purchasing them. If they are to be stored in your refrigerator, place in an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days (the artichokes will turn brown, but it is possibly because of the demand for the product.) For longer storage, we recommend freezing your artichokes. Follow freezing instructions below.
How To Freeze Artichokes:
1. Frozen artichokes are great for use in soups, stews, sauces and casseroles. To freeze artichokes:
2. Trim the artichoke leaves to an inch or two then remove the stem and cut the artichoke into quarters.
3. Blanch in boiling water for 5 minutes then allow to cool before placing in an airtight storage bag with all excess air removed.
4. Place frozen artichokes in a freezer bag and store in freezer until needed.
Artichokes can be a potential allergy for some people. This is not an allergy to the product itself, but rather allergy to the thistle that is contained within the plant. Individuals who are allergic to thistles are at risk for anaphylaxis if they consume the food. If this occurs, seek medical attention immediately.
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