Artichokes Basted with Anchovy Butter

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Process: Involved
Cooking: Vegetables & Sides
Preparation: Medium Cook (up to 2 hours)

Serves: 8

8 medium globe artichokes, 10 to 12 ounces each

Even if you don’t like anchovies, you’ve got to give this a try. First of all, you can’t beat freshly steamed artichokes—nibbling the flesh from the little leaves, gobbling the tender heart. And the insanely good anchovy butter has absolutely no relation to the too- salty fish you may have had once at a takeout pizza joint. Instead, oil- packed anchovies contribute this subtle sea- salty punch that you just can’t get from anything else.


Seasoned Butter
8 tablespoons (4 ounces) unsalted butter, softened
4 salted anchovy fillets, rinsed, and finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, peeled, halved, germ removed, and grated on a Microplane grater
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon finely ground fresh black pepper
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
3 to 4 lemons, halved and seeds removed
Kosher salt, for salting the water
About 1⁄4 cup canola or vegetable oil
About 1⁄4 cup coarsely chopped flat-leaf parsley
Fleur de sel

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1. Preheat all grates of a well-oiled charcoal or gas grill to high.

2. Combine all of the butter ingredients together and set aside.

Cooking Method

3. Cut off the thorny ends of the artichokes with scissors and then cut the artichokes lengthwise in half. Rub the cut sides of the artichokes with a lemon half and place, cut side down, on a sheet pan. Add enough lightly salted water, 2 to 3 cups, to come 1⁄4 inch up the sides of the artichokes. Place the pan with the artichokes directly on the grate, reduce the heat to medium-high if you can (those cooking on coals won’t be able to, and must monitor the water level especially closely), close the lid, and cook, adding water as needed to maintain the level at 1⁄4 inch. Cook until tender when pierced with a paring knife, about 30 minutes.

4. Carefully remove the pan from the grill. Using a spoon, scoop the fuzzy choke from each of the halves. Transfer the cleaned halves to a new sheet pan. Using your hands or a brush, evenly, but lightly, coat both sides of the artichokes with canola oil.

5. Place the artichokes, cut side down, on the grate and grill until well marked and lightly charred, 2 to 3 minutes. Flip and repeat on the second side, grilling for 2 to 3 minutes. While still cut side up, place about 1⁄2 tablespoon of butter in each of the cavities and allow it to melt. Squeeze lemon juice over the top and sprinkle with parsley and fleur de sel.

6. Remove the artichokes from the grill and arrange on a serving platter.

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