Grilled Artichokes

Cracked pepper and a subtle lemon flavor perfectly accent these beautiful grilled artichokes.

Ingredients:
1 pound artichokes
2 lemons
3 cloves garlic
Olive oil
Fresh ground pepper

Method:
1. Get a large pot of heavily-salted water boiling. Add the garlic and squeeze in the juice of 1 lemon, then also drop the peel into the pot.

2. To prep the artichokes, first cut the pointy tops off the leaves. Trim away the tough outer leaves and peel the stems. Cut the chokes in half and use a spoon to remove the inner leaves. Put the artichoke in the boiling water and boil until just tender, about 8-10 minutes.

3. Meanwhile, heat the grill to hot. Drain the chokes and drizzle with a good amount of olive oil and grind some pepper over. Place artichokes on the grill cut side down. Grill for a couple minutes until artichokes start to char, then flip and grill them leaf side down.

4. Transfer to a platter and top with extra lemon juice.

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Carrots Marinated with Garlic & Oregano

This room-temperature dish packs in the flavor and makes for a lovely side dish on a warm day.

Ingredients:
1½ pounds carrots, peeled and cut into 2-inch-long matchsticks or thin diagonal slices
4 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
1 tablespoon fresh oregano
¼ cup red wine vinegar
¼ cup fresh parsley, minced
1 cup olive oil
Pinch red pepper flakes
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper

Method:
1. Whisk together garlic, oregano, red pepper flakes, vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper in a large bowl.

2. In a large pot, bring water to a boil, adding 1 tablespoon salt. Add carrots and cook until just crisp-tender, about 2 minutes.

3. Drain carrots and add to marinade, letting sit in fridge overnight. When ready to serve, return to room temperature and adjust seasonings if needed. Transfer to serving platter and top with parsley.

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Italian-Stuffed Artichokes

Our Nonna Pat’s favorite way to serve artichokes!

Ingredients:
1 lemon, halved
6 whole artichokes
¾ cup fresh breadcrumbs
½ cup grated Grana-style cheese
1 garlic clove, minced
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves
Sea salt and fresh ground black pepper

Method:
1. To prep the artichokes, squeeze the lemon halves into a large bowl and fill the bowl with cold water. Trim the bottom off each artichoke. Trim off the tough outer leaves and snip the thorny tips off the top leaves. As each one is completed, place it in the lemon water to prevent it from discoloring.

2. In a small bowl, combine the breadcrumbs, cheese, garlic and parsley and then season with salt and pepper. Pull each leaf open slightly from each artichoke and stuff a little of the filling into the opening. Place the artichokes snugly side by side in a large pan with a tight-fitting lid. Add 1 inch of water to the pot. Cover, bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and steam until the bottoms of the artichokes are tender, 35 to 45 minutes; a knife should insert easily.

3. Remove from pot and serve artichokes hot.

Pan-Fried Peppers with Lemon & Garlic

Seasoned with slivered garlic, this Bon Appetit recipe is a favorite for enjoying fresh peppers.

Ingredients:
½ pound Jimmy Nardello peppers, left whole
¼ cup vegetable oil
¼ teaspoon coarse sea salt, plus more for serving
2 large garlic cloves, peeled and thinly sliced
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice

Method:
1. Heat heavy large skillet over high heat. Add vegetable oil and swirl skillet to coat. Heat until oil is very hot and begins to shimmer, about 1 minute.

2. Add whole peppers and ¼ teaspoon coarse sea salt; stir constantly until peppers are blistered over half their surface, occasionally shaking skillet, about 2 minutes. Add thinly sliced garlic and continue to stir constantly until the peppers are blistered all over, about 2 minutes longer (some will be soft and some will be slightly firm, depending on size).

3. Transfer peppers to paper towels to drain briefly, then place in a medium serving bowl. Add 2 teaspoons lemon juice; sprinkle generously with additional coarse sea salt and toss to coat. Serve immediately.

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