Wednesday, June 06, 2007

What's on the grill? Artichokes.

As usual, being one of my two evenings off a week when I can actually grill for the whole family, the kids are forced to be subjected to something they've never eaten before. I've been doing this for over a year now, since I decided one night that they were way too picky and needed to broaden their horizons somewhat. Tonight was Artichoke night.

They've had artichokes before, many times not even realizing it. I love artichokes and will throw a bunch of hearts into a chicken dish or fry them in with the meat when I'm making cheese steaks, and the kids have either liked it, or not complained too loudly. I've never made a whole artichoke before, though.

I removed the pricks from the bracts and boiled the 'chokes for about 15 minutes before quartering them and marinating them in raspberry basalmic vinegar, olive oil, garlic, and some other dried herby stuff that I don't recall off the top of my head.

While they were marinading, I decided to try and make a homemade lemon mayonnaise to serve with them. I grilled some bisected lemons:

Although the directions said to grill until "well charred" I got a little worried because shortly after I took the above photo, it seemed as if an awful lot of lemon juice was dripping into the grill. I removed the lemons pre-maturely, which I believe contributed to an overly-lemony mayo. Follow directions, Eric.

While the mayo was chillin' I threw some burgers and the 'chokes on the grill:

In the end, the 'chokes were a huge flop with everyone but Zachary and I. Tonya's extremely honest evaluation was, "That's the worst thing you've ever grilled." Zach tore into his artichoke quarter and even ate the bitter stem. I think the marinade was a bit strong for the others... I'll give them a month or two to forget about the experience, then I'll try a milder artichoke recipe.


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