roasted artichoke inspired by Houston's grilled artichoke

Oh, Spring! You have arrived and your produce bounty is: inviting. fresh. colorful. delicious!

Today I want to share an adaptation of one of my favorite vegetable dishes: roasted artichokes. But before I do, let me take you back a little.

When I was young, my grandparents and, for a short time, my parents each owned a microwave store. So, we made everything in our microwave: biscuits, browned ground beef, pork and beans, popcorn, and more. All this in the 80s, before manufacturers developed special packaging to cook food in microwaves.

It was natural that we steamed our artichokes in the microwave. And that we paired it with a simple mayonnaise-based garlic dip comprised of... Yes! Mayo & garlic powder! I loved every tasty little leaf I plucked from the heart. (I even have vivid memories of my grandmother marking a line on the leaf with her fingernail tip so I would know how much meat to skim off.)

So, when my favorite restaurant, Houston's, slid a plate in front of me with a GRILLED ARTICHOKE, I was delighted. But not until I plucked, dipped and tasted this little goodie did I realize how an artichoke can become elegant...

roasted artichoke inspired by Houston's grilled artichoke

STRUCTUREbags Roasted Artichoke Recipe

2 Large Artichokes - try to find organic, tho I could not...

4 tsp olive oil

3 tsp minced garlic

Fresh ground sea salt

Fresh ground pepper

Get ready to cook!

Set a large pot of water on the stove to boil as you prepare your artichokes. I found a great farm website showing you how to prep your artichokes: trim the tops and some stem off your artichokes (I like to use a bread knife for this), snip the tips of the leaves, cut in half length-wise, then remove the fuzzy middles (take your time here... that stuff is not good!).

Once the water is boiling, drop your four halves in the water, cover and steam for about 12-15 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.

Mix olive oil, garlic (fresh is best). Add salt and pepper to taste. Using a brush, lightly grease the bottom of a baking dish with olive oil.

Once the artichokes are steamed, drain them well (give them a couple shakes!). Drop them in your greased dish use your brush to coat both sides of each artichoke half. I like to get in a little between the leaves, too! Crack additional fresh ground salt and pepper on each piece, as desired (I love peppered, roasted veggies...).

Place prepared artichokes in preheated oven and roast for about 30 minutes. I like to get a good char on my veggies - so adjust your roasting time as you see fit!

Awesome Artichoke Tips

artichoke tips

    1. if you are worried about the cut artichokes browning as you prep, squeeze a little fresh lemon on cut edges...
    2. you can steam artichokes in advance. Just wrap in plastic and store in refrigerator...
    3. Already have the grill going? Instead of the oven, throw your prepared, cooked artichoke halves cut side sown on the grill. Leave for about 4 minutes, turn and cook another 4 minutes...
    4. Looking for a delicious dip? Me, too! But I am watching calories and most are a heap... Let me know where to find a tasty one. For now, these roasted/grilled goodies are all-good on their own...

      Keep in touch!

      Do you have a favorite artichoke recipe? Do you have a great dip? Let me know. Please! Leave a comment so I can enjoy it, too.