Grilled Artichokes And Stems With Lemon Butter Sauce


Artichokes turn purple in the winter, so they are extra pretty to look at! Recipe for four people, ready in 45 minutes and with amazing flavours!

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Grilled artichokes and stems with lemon butter sauce
Veronique van Ohmydish

Made by Véronique

Published at 2016-01-18, this recipe is for 4 people and takes 45 minutes.

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Updated at: 13-03-2021

45 minutes 4 people Starters
Grilled artichokes and stems with lemon butter sauce


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  • 4 fresh artichokes
  • 2 lemons
  • 3/4 cup (180 ml) olive oil
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) white rice wine vinegar
  • 3 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 2 tablespoons tarragon
  • 1/2 cup (115 gram) unsalted butter at room temperature
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Sea salt
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  • Chef's knife + cutting board
  • Large stockpot, big enough to hold the four artichokes
  • Large bowl + something heavy that fits in this bowl
  • Grill pan
  • Whisk
  • Small bowl
  • Small saucepan
  • Colander

Grilled Artichokes And Stems With Lemon Butter Sauce

45 minutes 4 people Starters

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We recently bought four beautiful purple artichokes and could not wait to eat them. Preparation is super simple, it just takes a little time. Also, we learned that artichokes turn purple in the winter, and stay green in the summer!

In this recipe we're also going to show you that you can actually eat the artichoke stems, so read on! we used dried tarragon since we couldn't find fresh tarragon. Fresh tarragon is obviously tastier!

Preparation -- 10 minutes

Fill the large stockpot about 3/4 with water, add in freshly ground sea salt and bring to a boil. While the water is starting to boil, prepare the artichokes. Cut off the stems from the artichoke flowers about 1/2 inch, then cut off the 'ugly part' of the stems.

Slice open a lemon and rub the artichoke stems with lemon juice, this will prevent them from browning quickly. Trim the top third of the artichoke flowers (see picture below) and trim off the tips of the remaining leaves on the side.

Slice the remaining lemon into wedges and put those into the boiling water except for one lemon wedge.  

Winter artichokes sliced open
Winter artichokes sliced open

Cooking time -- 35 minutes

When the water has come to a boil, add in the artichoke hearts and stems. Place a large bowl on top and put something heavy in the bowl to weigh the artichokes down. They tend to float to the top, this will prevent the upper part of the artichokes from cooking evenly.

Cook for 25 minutes or until you can pierce the artichoke using a skewer without any problem. Meanwhile, make the lemon butter juice. Squeeze juice from the remaining lemon quarter (you did save that one, right? if not, it's okay!) and add in 3/4 cup of olive oil.

Whisk in 2 tablespoons of (dried) tarragon along with the 3 crushed garlic cloves. Melt 1/2 cup butter in the small saucepan and whisk that into the bowl when melted. Set aside.

Drain and cool upside down to get rid of all the water in a colander until cooled off enough to handle. Slice the stems in half and quarter the artichoke hearts using your chef's knife.

Heat up your grill pan, don't add anything into the pan. Grill each side of the artichoke quarters until a nice grill line appears (see picture).  

Grilled artichokes and stems with lemon butter sauce
Grilled artichokes and stems with lemon butter sauce

Remove from the grill pan and serve 4 quarters per person along with a small bowl of lemon butter sauce.

It's best to eat these artichokes using your hands, so make sure to serve these with paper kitchen towels. Enjoy!

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