Photo: Annabelle Breakey

Yields1 Servings
AuthorElaine Johnson

A touch of char adds a pleasantly bitter counterpoint to artichokes' natural sweetness. Once you clean and simmer them, they grill in about the same time as boneless chicken breasts--cook both, and call it a meal with one of our sauce recipes.

Wine pairing with the caper sauce: A crisp, citrusy white like Grgich Hills 2013 Fumé Blanc (Napa Valley; $30)--bright enough to keep up with the capers, but earthy and minerally to pick up on the smoke from the grill too. --Sara Schneider

How to Make It

Step 1
1

Slice 1 in. off leafy top end of artichokes. Trim darkened base of stems with a chef's knife and trim stems' fibrous outer layer with a paring knife. Pull off small, tough leaves and snip off thorny tips with scissors.

Step 2
2

In a large pot, bring 1 1/2 in. water to a boil. Add salt, lemon juice and juiced halves, and artichokes. Cover and bring to a boil; then reduce heat and simmer until a knife tip slides easily into artichoke bottoms, 30 to 40 minutes. Drain and let stand until cool enough to handle. Meanwhile, heat a grill to medium (350° to 450°).

Step 3
3

Quarter each artichoke lengthwise and scrape out fuzzy centers. Brush all over with olive oil. Grill, covered and turning once, until lightly browned, about 10 minutes total. Serve with sauce.

4

Serves 4

Ingredients

 4 large artichokes
 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  Juice and juiced halves of 1 lemon
 3 tablespoons olive oil

Directions

Step 1
1

Slice 1 in. off leafy top end of artichokes. Trim darkened base of stems with a chef's knife and trim stems' fibrous outer layer with a paring knife. Pull off small, tough leaves and snip off thorny tips with scissors.

Step 2
2

In a large pot, bring 1 1/2 in. water to a boil. Add salt, lemon juice and juiced halves, and artichokes. Cover and bring to a boil; then reduce heat and simmer until a knife tip slides easily into artichoke bottoms, 30 to 40 minutes. Drain and let stand until cool enough to handle. Meanwhile, heat a grill to medium (350° to 450°).

Step 3
3

Quarter each artichoke lengthwise and scrape out fuzzy centers. Brush all over with olive oil. Grill, covered and turning once, until lightly browned, about 10 minutes total. Serve with sauce.

4

Serves 4

Classic Grilled Artichokes