Grilled artichokes with herbs and garlic butter #101

Grilled artichokes is not something I do very often, I usually buy marinated ones that are great but sometimes it´s fun to use fresh ones. I tried to explain how to prepare the artichokes in the recipe below but if you have never done it before I found a step by step instruction with some pictures here.

Grilled artichokes with herbs and garlic butter

salt, pepper
mixed herbs
olive oil

Peel the stems of the artichokes and remove the outer leafs, cut away the top and soak the artichokes in cold water with some squeezed lemon. This is for keeping the artichokes from turning brown. Bring salted water to the boil and add the artichokes with another squeeze of lemon, let the simmer until they are cooked through. Remove from the water and let them cool off in room temperature.

Divide the artichokes and remove the center of the flower, be careful not to remove the bottom. Then cut each half in a few quarters depending on size. In a food processor mix butter, olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper into a soft garlic butter. Rub the artichokes with the butter and grill them over high heat for a few minutes.

Arrange the artichokes on a plate with some fresh herbs, and some spoonfuls of the garlic butter, salt, olive oil and pepper. Serve.

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