Super Simple Iron Rich Grilled Artichokes!
No need to wait to dine in a restaurant to have your artichokes. If you've never cooked artichokes, they can seem a bit daunting, but they're very simple. They also don't have to be this dainty, old-fashion French food. I prefer mine earthy and rustic with olive oil and a hearty squeeze of lemon—messy fingers and all!
And, depending on how lazy you are in the kitchen, you can even skip trimming the leaves before you steam them. I make them at least once a week because they are one of the richest plant sources for iron (about 1.3 to 1.6 mg per 100 grams compared to 2.9mg in red meat). Plus, I love the way they adorn my kitchen counter until I'm ready to make them.
My simplest preparation is to steam, then grill them (if you don't want to grill outside, a table grill will do too). There's not even a recipe, just a few steps. I drizzle them with fresh lemon juice before devouring them.
Enjoy! To your health and happiness! xx, Juli
- Fresh artichokes (I ate all of what is pictured here, but maybe 4 halves per person as a starter or side.)
- Olive oil
- Sea salt
- Fleur de sel
- Fresh lemons
- Select small to medium fresh artichokes as they will steam and grill more quickly.
- Wash artichokes.
- Trim the tips of the leaves with a sharp kitchen shears.
- Steam for about 20 minutes in salted water (about 1 heaping tablespoon per litre).
- Remove from steaming water and gently pat dry.
- Cut artichokes in half.
- Brush a grill with olive oil.
- Place artichokes on one side. I like to place them with their exterior side first so they soften a little more with the heat. Gently press them down with a spatula.
- Turn them over so their interior side is on the grill and press them down gently.
- Remove from grill as soon as you see nice grill marks.
- Sprinkle with fleur de sep and serve immediately with fresh lemon.