Thursday, September 24, 2009

Ethan's Grilled Artichokes with Chipotle Dipping Sauce

Have I ever told you about my husband? Yeah, you know he is funny and a good dad, but the poor guy has it harder than most. He has a rare foot deformity that causes him a lot of pain. It's gotten worse and worse over the years and now he has had to quit his favorite past time- golf. And it's a real crime because in his prime, he was a scratch golfer. Eventually he will be in a wheelchair and the thought of that is heartbreaking. But we have cried the necessary tears over it and we are pressing forward. Fresh courage take, right?

While he might not be able to walk much, he can still cook like the dickens. Here is one of his specialties. I swear they taste better every time he makes them.

When I pulled these off the grill, Ethan asked how they looked. I told him, "Dead sexy".

For the artichokes:
6 artichokes
1 Tbsp garlic salt
2 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 Tbsp sesame oil
1 tsp Tabasco
4 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 tsp kosher salt
A few grinds ground pepper

Put the artichokes in a large pot. Cover with water and sprinkle on the garlic salt and add the 2 Tbsp olive oil. Turn heat to high and bring to a boil. Boil for 45 minutes, until a middle leaf pulls of easily. Drain water and set artichokes aside until cool enough to handle.

Once cooled, cut artichokes in half lengthwise. Scoop out the choke (click here for a diagram of an artichoke to know what the choke is). Put into a large bowl and set aside. In a medium bowl, combine the 1/2 cup olive oil, soy sauce, red wine vinegar, Worcestershire, sesame oil, Tabasco, garlic, salt and pepper. Whisk until well combined. Pour over artichokes and let marinate for up to an hour.

Set grill to medium high. Grill artichoke halves on each side for 3 minutes. Serve with chipotle dipping sauce.

For the sauce:
1 cup mayonnaise
1 Tbsp lemon juice
3 chipotle peppers, seeded and minced
2 garlic cloves, minced

In a small bowl, whisk all ingredients together. Cover and keep refrigerated until serving time.


T&C said...

Artichokes are a favorite of mine, I am gonna try this one for sure.

Keli'i and Megan said...

Rookie, did Megan write this comment thing? Only Megan uses words like "delightful." Ha, that just made my day. Man, I had no idea about your hubby! But, I can't believe you found a man that can cook. My husband makes some mean scrambled eggs...and that's about it. And all I gotta say to this post....MMMMMMMMMMMMM...artichokes......

meg said...

Megan I must assure that Whitney is the author, as she is totally delightful. It is, of course, the best compliment of her life that you'd think her writing is mine. Just kidding.

And Whit's husband can't just cook--he can create!

Sarah said...

As usual, looks deliciously tempting. Artichokes are one of my favorites. I will try this soon!

Cafe Johnsonia said...

Mmm...and next time you are going to call me to come have some, right? RIGHT?!

Dead sexy. Definitely.

Melanie said...

Your attitude in adversity is amazing.

And these grilled artichokes look too good for words.

ec said...

okay, first. i'm flattered you commented on my (very) lame recipe blog.

second. i love your little blurb on the comment window. love it. and i totally believe that you're quite delightful. but please tell me that you are a grouch from time to time, because that would make me fell much better about myself.

third. i love artichokes. and therefore have been salivating (like, a lot) ever since i saw this recipe. i will try these.

that's all (i know ... it's a lot). i'll be more brief in the future.


Tricia said...

i've never in my life had an's one of those foods that scare me because i've never known how to prepare one. just the word chipotle makes me drool, though, and the recipe looks really easy, so maybe, just maybe, i could pull this off! thanks for breakin' it down for the artichoke leery.

Jessica said...

"dead sexy" huh? "get in my belly!"

Ashley said...

Having experienced these artichokes first-hand, all I have to say is....
I'd like to bear my testimony, that I know Ethan's grilled artichokes are true....
Oh heavenly.