Grilled Artichokes with Parsley and Garlic

Toss fresh artichokes in lots of lemon and parsley and just a little garlic.
  • 6 fresh artichokes
  • 2 lemons halved, plus 80ml freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 45g freshly chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 tsp finely chopped garlic
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 125ml extra-virgin olive oil
1) Bring a large pot of salted water to the boil. Preheat griddle to medium-high heat.

2) Trim the stem from each artichoke to 2.5-cm long, then bend back and snap off dark outer leaves. Cut top inch of artichokes with serrated knife. Using a vegetable peeler, peel dark green areas from stem and base of artichoke. Quarter each artichoke.

3) Using a small, sharp knife, cut out the choke and remove the purple, prickly tipped leaves from the centre of each wedge.

4) Place finished artichokes in a large bowl of cold water and squeeze 2 lemons into the water and stir. Continue with remaining artichokes.

5) Once finished, drain the artichokes and place into boiling water and cook until crisp-tender, about 12 minutes.

6) Drain the cooked artichokes and place onto preheated grill. Cook until tender and lightly charred in spots, turning occasionally, about 10 minutes.

7) In a medium bowl, add remaining lemon juice, parsley, garlic and salt and pepper, to taste. Gradually drizzle in olive oil. Toss or drizzle the artichokes with the garlic/parsley mixture and serve.

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