Grilled Artichoke Hearts
Some small artichokes are so young and tender that they have practically no
choke. Others are small but mature, with tougher chokes that must be
removed. For trimming, use a stainless-steel knife and rub each cut surface
with a lemon half.
1/4 cup olive oil
4 to 5 medium cloves garlic
6 sprigs fresh thyme
1 Tbs. salt; more for seasoning
1 medium lemon, thinly sliced, plus the juice of 1/2 lemon
16 small artichokes (or 8 large artichokes)
In a large nonreactive pot, combine 2 quarts cold water with the olive oil,
garlic, thyme, salt, and lemon slices. Bring to a boil over high heat and
then lower to a gentle simmer.
To prepare the artichokes, peel away the darker outer leaves until you see
the pale green-yellow of the tender inner leaves. If using small
artichokes, trim off about 1/2 inch of the tops and trim the tough end from
the stem. With a sharp-edged spoon, scrape out the choke, if there is any.
If using large artichokes, slice off the upper two-thirds of the artichoke
and cut off the stem. Pare away the remaining tough leaves from the base.
Cut in half lengthwise and scrape out the choke fibers.
Prepare a charcoal or wood fire. Immerse the artichokes in the pot with the
simmering brine. Simmer gently until cooked through and fork-tender, 15 to
20 minutes. Drain the artichokes on paper towels and set aside until cool
enough to handle.
When the grill is hot, for small artichokes, open out the leaves and press
them onto the grill so that they flatten slightly. Cut larger artichokes
into quarters and then grill. When nicely browned, remove them from the
grill and season with lemon juice and salt.
by Alice Waters. From Fine Cooking 27, pp. 37-38. Found at FineCooking.com