Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Roasted Lemon-Garlic Artichokes

     I found this recipe on the Trader Joe's web site, piling packets of seasoned artichoke halves in a dutch oven seemed like an easy to make and even easier to clean up kind of outdoor recipe.  The artichokes take a bit of preparation but if you have all of your ingredients lined up and ready to go, they take no time at all.  You need to roast them in a hot oven, I placed 10 briquettes around the base of my 10 inch oven and completely covered the lid with coals.  In 50 minutes the strong scent of garlic and lemon told me they were done.  If you don't feel like packing your dutch oven, placing the foil packets around the edge of a hot campfire would also be a great way to cook them.  I served them with a mustard aioli dipping sauce but mayonnaise or melted butter would also be delicious.  Plan on one whole artichoke per person and don't forget to pack a sharp paring knife so you can easily clean out the centers. 

Roasted Lemon-Garlic Artichokes
3-4 artichokes (with stem still attached)
3-4 lemons, cut in half
6-8 cloves garlic, peeled
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
Heavy duty aluminum foil, cut into large squares

     Lightly oil or spray dutch oven.
     Trim 1/2 inch off the top of each artichoke.
     Cut in half lengthwise being mindful of the spines.
     Using a sharp paring knife, cut out the non-edible purple leaves and hairy fibers in the center, forming a pocket.
     Working in batches, place artichoke half on piece of foil.
     Squeeze half a lemon over the outside and inside of each artichoke.
     Place one or two garlic cloves in the center pocket.
     Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
     Tightly wrap each artichoke half in foil pieces.
     Arrange in dutch oven.
     Bake at 400 degrees for 45-50 minutes.
     Once cool enough to handle, remove from foil and serve.

Top artichoke half with garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, and
seasonings before wrapping in foil

Roast artichokes at 400 degrees for 50 minutes

Fun finger food and a tasty first course


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