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Grilled Artichokes with Bagna Cauda

  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 35 min
  • Active: 30 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
  • Nutrition Info
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Ingredients

Grilled Artichokes:

1 cup dry white wine

4 sprigs thyme 

2 sprigs rosemary 

1 bay leaf

Kosher salt 

1 lemon, halved 

2 artichokes, halved, outer leaves removed, tips trimmed, stems and bases peeled 

1 tablespoon olive oil 

Bagna Cauda:

1/4 cup olive oil

3 cloves garlic, smashed 

1 teaspoon anchovy paste 

3 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into cubes

Kosher salt

Directions

  1. For the grilled artichokes: In a medium Dutch oven, combine the white wine, thyme, rosemary, bay leaf, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1 cup water. Squeeze in the juice from the lemon halves and then drop the lemon halves into the pot. With a small spoon, scoop out the furry choke from each of the artichoke halves.
  2. Place the artichokes in the pot, cut-side down. Cover the pot and bring the poaching liquid to a simmer over medium-high heat; reduce the heat to medium low to maintain a gentle simmer. Poach the artichokes for 10 minutes, or until the tip of a paring knife slides in easily at the thickest point. Remove the artichokes to a wire rack to drain and cool slightly.
  3. For the bagna cauda: Place a small saucepan over medium heat. Add the olive oil, garlic and anchovy paste to the hot pan and stir with a wooden spoon, mashing the anchovy paste into the oil. Cook for about 3 minutes, or until the garlic is fragrant and just beginning to toast. Stir in the butter, one piece at a time, until completely incorporated. Season with a pinch of salt. Keep warm over low heat.
  4. To finish the grilled artichokes: Preheat a grill pan over medium-high heat. Drizzle the artichokes with 1 tablespoon olive oil and sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt.
  5. Place the artichokes on the grill, cut-side down; grill until nicely browned, 4 minutes. Turn the artichokes and grill for another 2 minutes, pressing down gently for even browning.
  6. Serve the artichokes with the bagna cauda on the side for dipping.
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