Roasted Artichoke from the Garden

Feb 9, 2011 by

My first artichoke!!

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Not the first one I’ve eaten, I LOVE those things, but the first one grown from my garden.

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I planted a few artichoke plants and it took them a while to take off, but wow have they taken off now.  They are HUGE!   They have these huge leaves that take over a large part of my garden box for only a single artichoke, but thats OK.  I got a few more growing and I love to eat these things so its all good.

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I also recently just finished fixing the BBQ up so its ready to grill all summer so I thought I’d try roasting up an artichoke.  I usually just steam them.

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Your still going to steam it for a bit before roasting it.  The easiest way to do this is to chop off the top of the artichoke (the top couple inches) and trim the leaves around it with scissors.    Then get a glass measuring bowl and fill it with a couple inches of water and a tablespoon or two of olive oil and put the artichoke down into the bowl.  Cover with Seran wrap and put it in the microwave for 10 minutes

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This will make it soft enough for us to cut in half and roast.  Grab a knife and slice it down the middle

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look at that!

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Now scoop out the insides and get all the fir-looking stuff and smaller leaves out

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should look like this when its done

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lightly brush both sides with olive oil and place like this on the BBQ for 5-7 minutes.  Then turn over and do the same on the other side

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Mine got a little crispy but it was oh so tasty.  I usually dip these in a butter, mayonnaise, and lemon mixture, but this one was so tasty without anything on it.

If your looking for a new way to cook an artichoke, try roasting it.  Its great.

Ben…

Got a good artichoke recipe, let me know in the comments.  I have more growing in my garden and I love trying new recipes.

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