Smoked Artichokes with lemon recipe
Artichokes are actually the flowering buds of a plant in the thistle family. The silymarin, which is a milk thistle in this flower bud, detoxifies the liver and helps cure liver diseases such as chronic hepatitis and cirrhosis.
- 4 whole artichokes
- ½ cup extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
- 1 lemon juiced
- 4 cloves garlic minced
- sea salt and black pepper to taste
- Mesquite wood chips
Step 1: first steam the artichokes
Prepare an electric food steamer and pour 17 ounces (500ml) of water in, then start heating it and bring it to boil.
While waiting for the steamer to boil clean and trim your artichokes by removing some of the tough outer leaves near the base of the bud at the stem. Slice 1/4 of the top of the artichoke with a large serrated knife and discard it. Remove the stem too in order to allow the chokes to sit flat on the steamer. Clip off the pointy edges of the leaves that are on the outermost layer with cooking shears.
Now cut the artichokes in half at the center lengthwise to expose the hairy choke on the stem, then remove the hairy choke with a spoon by scraping it off.
Then place the artichokes in the steamer with the stem facing downward, cover with a lid and let them sit for 20 – 25 minutes until they become soft and tender.
Take the artichokes out of the food steamer and transfer them to a clean plate and let cool.
Step 2: smoke the artichokes
Fire up the smoker and set the temperature to 200° Fahrenheit (93° Celsius).
Put the artichokes in aluminum foil packets and place them on the grill in the smoker to be smoked.
Pour the rest of the ingredients (EVOO, lemon juice, garlic, salt, and pepper) into the foil packets together with the artichokes and mix them well.
Now smoke the artichokes for about an hour and serve with melted butter as a dipping sauce or just eat it as is.
Artichokes are also high in dietary fiber that helps your digestion process as well as regulate low-density lipoproteins (LDL or good cholesterol) that are beneficial to your body.
It is unwise to smoke artichokes right away without steaming them first as the leaves tend to dry out and they would taste like chewing on leather in your mouth.
The cooking instructions above will show you how to steam it first and then smoke it to make it edible and delicious.