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Grilled artichoke stems with tarragon garlic butter, a edible extension of the heart
Posted By Todd & Diane On May 18, 2011 @ 12:17 am In Appetizers,BBQ | Grilling,Food,Garden Recipes,Gluten Free,Herbs,Recipes,Sauce | Dressings,Vegetables,Vegetarian Recipes | 45 Comments
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Yesterdays trip to our local farm stand was better than we ever expected. They always have the most beautiful field of artichokes growing and when the artichokes go to flower, a sea of purple buds decorate the normally stark field lying alongside the major freeway.
We were fortunate that they still had beautiful, tender artichokes for sale. At a whopping 75 cents a head, these farm fresh artichokes were the best deal in town. It’s times like these that we can afford to eat artichokes till we drop!
Earlier that morning, the farmers kept the long stems on the artichokes and they were gorgeous displays in the corner of the stand. It was hard to decide if the artichokes should be cooked or be left as a floral decoration. The farm-stand lady grabbed the artichokes we requested and told us to eat the stems because they’re edible extensions of the heart.
We were amazed and enlightened to hear such information! eat the artichoke stem? they’re tender extensions of the heart? that makes total sense! how do you prepare them? After showering her with a series of curious artichoke stem questions, she was equally enthusiastic to share how she prepares her stems.
With a quick little tutorial from the stand-lady, we so excited to be buying artichokes with the long stems and to cook with them! The stems on the artichokes were perfect tender specimens to be extensions of the heart.
Depending on how young the artichokes are, you may or not want to peel the artichoke stems. It isn’t always necessary, but with slightly older stems, peeling makes them a little better.
For grilling artichokes, unless they are super tender, we will boil them first and then grill them just to slightly char and add a nice smokey flavor. In between boiling and grilling, the ‘chokes and stems will get marinated, then that marinade is later used as part of the garlic butter. No waste, all delicious flavor!
More artichoke recipes from our Spring Fling friends:
Yield: Serves 6.
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
The quality of the artichokes you are able to get will vary time it takes to cook them. Older artichokes are usually tougher and require longer cook times. Cook by feel and testing, rather than times. For this recipe, first you boil them to mostly cook the artichokes, then marinate them, then finish by grilling to give them an extra special "smokey" quality. When boiling, you'll want the artichokes nearly all the way cooked, as they won't cook much more on the grill. The step is more for the smokey flavor. If you can find artichokes with the stems still attached, cook the stem up too. It is like a extension of the heart.
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