Grilled Sangria Artichoke with Balsamic Dressing

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All Photos © Christine Elise McCarthy 2013

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I have posted a grilled artichoke recipe before HERE but this version was so delicious – it warranted its own post.  I found these beautiful Sangria artichokes at the supermarket & couldn’t resist them.


They are green and maroon & huge.  The sign at the store said they had “more meat & a bigger heart.”  What lady could walk away from that?  🙂

As it turns out, they really do have more meat, a bigger heart & a very tiny choke (the hairy part).  <insert second sexually charged joke here>

So easy to make & delicious & healthy & bizarrely filling.  I had 1 1/2 last night for dinner & I was stuffed.   I went and bought three more today.  These are FAR superior to the run of the mill, every day green artichokes.



Grilled Sangria Artichoke with Balsamic Dressing


Sangria artichokes

Olive oil




Easy Homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette Salad Dressing


1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

3/4 cup olive oil

2 garlic cloves – minced

2 TBS honey

1 TBS Dijon mustard

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper


Whisk together.



Bring 2-3 inches of water to a boil in a pot fitted with a steamer insert.  Trim the tiny, loose leaves from around the stem.  Place the artichokes in the steamer – stems UP.  If you have no steamer – just place the artichokes in the pan stems down.  Cover the pan & steam for about 30 minutes or until a knife slides easily into the stem.


Cool & then cut them in half.  Pour a little olive oil on a plate & put some minced garlic in it.  Coat the artichokes in the garlic oil & then simply grill – on a grill or a grill pan or even in a frying pan – for about two minutes.  Flip for another two.  Serve drizzled with balsamic dressing, grated Parmesan & chopped parsley.



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