These are perfect for a Friday Happy Hour!
I’ll be the first to admit it, I watch all of the Real Housewives series, even when my husband and son lecture me about how toxic they are for my brain. WHATEVER. I also watch football with enthusiasm so I really don’t think that they have a leg to stand on. I’m well rounded. Besides, Alex and I watch them together and she psychoanalyzes the women, so I figure it’s actually educational.
So anyway, Jersey Belle is my new favorite. It’s about this chick Jaime, who is from New Jersey, and she married a man from Mountain Brook, Alabama, so she lives in the suburbs of Birmingham. She wants to go back to Jersey, but her hubby can’t move, he’s a state lobbyist. Of course he is. Long story short, she’s pretty cool, and I LOVE Alabama, and most things southern. I love the cute accents, the traditions, the football, ROLL TIDE, and grits. Not necessarily in that order.
What does this have to do with grilled artichokes? Well….Jaime’s friends threw her a birthday party and she mentioned that she wanted grilled artichokes and my brain almost exploded. I spent a good part of the week trying to think up something interesting for today’s happy hour post and she handed me a gift. See, reality TV isn’t a time waster after all.
These artichokes are astounding. Flavored with avocado oil, garlic, pink Mediterranean Sea salt, pepper, and a burst of lemon. Oh my gosh, when it comes to these babies (they really are babies), you can’t eat just one.
If you’ve made artichokes before you know that you need to be careful handling them because they have thorns at the end of each leaf. So grab a pair of scissors and start cutting the tips off first. Once that’s done you need to trim the bottom of the stem and the top of the artichoke. The next, and very important step is to wash them well because artichokes are sandy, and you don’t want to bite into gritty sand. I gently pull the leaves open and let water pour in and then turn them upside down and shake the water out. Repeat that process three or four times and they should be clean.
Now that the artichokes are trimmed and clean, cut them down the center (lengthwise) and steam them for about 40 minutes. Let them cool slightly and then brush them with avocado oil and garlic. Salt and pepper them and put them on a hot grill. Grill for four to five minutes on each side. Squeeze a little fresh lemon juice over them and enjoy!
I’ll be eating mine with a glass of lemonade while catching up on Real Housewives of the OC. 🙂