Artichokes are one of those vegetables that I love but we don’t eat that often. One, they are usually pretty expensive and two they are quite a bit of work to prepare and I don’t always have time for it. But a couple of weeks ago they were on sale and I was just craving a really good artichoke so I thought what the heck and bought them. Then I brought them home and made these Parmesan Herb Grilled Artichokes.
If you have never cut an artichoke before they can seem a bit daunting. After all, if you handle them wrong they will prick you. But once you get the hang of it, it is pretty easy to do. I found an awesome tutorial with step-by-step photos here that really makes the whole process seem a lot easier. She steams her artichokes, I boil mine but the method for prepping them for cooking is the same.
After you get them all prepped and boiled, then comes the fun part:
I’ve become a bit of a griller as of late. In the last year or so it has become one of my favorite ways to cook. I love getting that perfect char and the grill lines. With these artichokes I decided to brush them with a little oil (canola since it has a higher smoke point than olive oil) sprinkle them with my favorite herb ever, summer savory, and salt. Then I placed them on the grill to get those perfect char lines.
Finally, just to make things even more scrumptious, the moment I took these babies off the grill I sprinkled them with some freshly grated Parmesan cheese.
4 words: Out. Of. This. World.
Such a simple, rustic dish. I cannot wait to make it again and again this summer.
And while I love dipping artichokes in mayo, for these I had some leftover harissa aioli and OHMYGA it was a match made in heaven. You should totally try it. Like really. Tonight.