Grilled Marinated Artichokes

by Beth @ Tasty Yummies

Grilled Marinated Artichokes with Wine Pairing from BestWinesOnline.com

Whole artichokes are admittedly something I discovered late in life, I don’t think I had my first fresh whole artichoke until last year sometime. It actually makes me sad every time I think of it, all the missed years of goodness. I had canned or jarred artichokes hearts on salads or in dips, but whole artichokes aren’t a super common vegetable in Western New York and I always prefer to eat as local as possible. After living here in Southern California a few months and trying fresh whole artichokes several different ways, I quickly learned my favorite way to enjoy them is grilled.

Preparing artichokes for the first time is very daunting. I actually attempted to make them a couple of years ago and didn’t look up any instructions and I had NO clue what I was doing. I didn’t know which parts were edible and which parts were not. However, once you figure out how to prepare an artichoke, and do it yourself a time or two, it really is a breeze.

Artichokes do take some time to cook, so you can’t just throw them on the grill raw, they would take too long to get tender and would likely burn and dry out first. I steam them first then grill them right before serving for a nice flavor and to get those great grill marks. You can boil them before hand if you wish, but sometimes if they cook too long, they can get a bit too soggy that way. I usually steam them in a few inches of water, without a basket.

Oh and don’t make the mistake I did the first time I had a whole artichoke at a restaurant, you don’t chew the whole leaves, but rather you pull it through your teeth to remove all the soft “meat” on the inside, discarding the tough and fibrous leaf that is left. Once all the leaves are gone, you are left with the amazingly delicious and tender heart of the artichoke.

These grilled artichokes have so much amazing flavor, from the smokiness on the grill, the garlic, the bright fresh taste from the marinade and finally the creamy garlicky dipping sauce. These are great for an appetizer when you have guests, since you can prepare them before hand and throw on the grill just before serving. They can also be a side dish or even a light lunch.

Grilled Marinated Artichokes with Wine Pairing from BestWinesOnline.com

To compliment this recipe, we have a beautifully paired wine from Best Wines Online, the online fine wine retailer. Vincent Ricard Touraine Les Trois Chenes 2011, is a beautiful, crisp 100% Sauvignon Blanc from France’s Loire Valley. It is rich and substantial enough for a red wine drinker, but still light and bright for a hot summer BBQ. There is a subtle perfume of bright citrus and a very subtle floral undertone, I find it to have a lot more depth than many Sauvignon Blancs that I have tried. It finishes with a bright crisp taste that perfectly compliments both the smokey flavor from the grill and the acidity from the marinade. The best part about this wine is that Vincent’s vineyards are fully organic. He allows grass to grow between his vines and he doesn’t use any herbicides or pesticides on his crops, which I of course, LOVE.

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How many of you enjoy a glass of wine with dinner? Is it a special occasion thing or every night? How do you pair your wines with your meals?

Grilled Marinated Artichokes with Wine Pairing from BestWinesOnline.com

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Simply called food July 24, 2013 at 6:33 am

I have to try this over the week-end!

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2 tastyyummies August 7, 2013 at 5:52 pm

I hope you liked these if you made them 😉 (sorry I am crazy behind on replying to comments)

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3 Brittney July 27, 2013 at 10:13 am

Thanks for the tips on how to prepare artichokes! I recently move from Canada to England, and they sell fresh artichokes here. I’ve been eyeing them up for a while, but now that I know how to prepare them, I can finally eat them~ Yay.

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4 tastyyummies August 7, 2013 at 5:53 pm

You are so welcome Brittney, they can definitely be a bit daunting if you’ve never made them, but once you make them once, and know what you are doing, they are a breeze. Thanks!

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5 emily August 15, 2013 at 10:10 am

question: would you mind sharing where the wine glass in the picture is from? i love it! this recipe looks great as well 🙂

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6 Sandra February 17, 2014 at 6:46 pm

Love, love, love grilled artichokes! I usually just cook then prepare but I may try your way as well. My son’s first table food was artichokes. I didn’t give it to him. He reached over took a leaf, dipped it in the sauce, and scraped it on his gums (yes, you read that correctly! No teeth). His eyes grew big and he reached for another! We have love artichokes for many years! Thanks for all your posts

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