Balsamic Glazed Grilled Artichoke

by Lauren

I trust you guys enough now. I’ll tell you a teensy secret.

The BBQ frightens me. I’ve had one too many close calls lighting them.

You know what I’m talking about, don’t you? Yea.

When you turn on the gas, light the end of a rolled up newspaper, stick it under the grate and then BOOM! 

[Cue absurd girly squeal and jump backwards]

*Check your bangs. Check your brows. Check the eyelashes. Whew.* Just another close call with the barbi.

I think I’ll continue leaving the lighting of the BBQ to my dad, brother, boyfriend or male neighbor.

Unless you have a fancy BBQ that will light itself without going BOOM I suggest you do the same.

Just a suggestion though, really.

Please take this advice when lighting the fireplace as well.

My mother’s singed hair and eyebrows from last winter can vouch for the fact that it’s just not worth the risk.

If a man who isn’t sporting cute bangs, nicely plucked brows and perfectly curled eye lashes is no where to be found, may I make another suggestion?

Make these anyways. I think it’s one item that is worth the close call.


Balsamic Glazed Grilled Artichoke

From my mama’s kitchen


1/2 large Artichoke

1/2 teaspoon fresh chopped garlic or garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon fresh rosemary (dried works too!)

1/2 teaspoon fresh oregano (dried works too!)

1 tablespoon olive oil

2 tablespoons balsamic

1/4 teaspoon each salt & pepper


Add garlic, rosemary, oregano, salt and pepper to the cut side of the artichoke half. Steam for 40 minutes or until leaves are tender. 

Remove from pot. Roll them in or drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar on each side of the artichoke.

Place on a very hot grill for 2-3 minutes on each side.

Dipping Sauce:


1/4 cup mayo

2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

1 teaspoon garlic, minced

1 to 2 tablespoons balsamic

S & P to taste


Whisk together all the ingredients. Dip Balsamic Glazed Grilled Artichoke leaves in it and consume!

A slightly sweet and hearty side dish to eat on the patio in the heat of summer; talk about a palette pleaser. Grill ‘em up but watch out for those perfectly curled eyelashes.

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From the Little Yellow Kitchen,


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7 Responses to “Balsamic Glazed Grilled Artichoke”

  1. I think i need a grill….just to make these!

    Saw your last post about the giveaway. They contacted me a few weeks back to participate in their program and I havent even taken them up…yet. Just moved into the new pad…today! And had photography tour of mexico city last weekend.

  2. They do look good. I am with you on the grill lighting best left to the opposite sex!

  3. I love grilled Artichokes. If I may suggest 1 extra step, after boiling the artichokes and before applying glaze, carefully remove the fuzzy stuff in the middle. You will enjoy eating the grilled artichoke so much more. Love your site. Keep it up.

  4. These look so good!

  5. What a flavorful way to eat artichokes! I hear you on the grill lighting…I definitely leave that for the guys. I think they enjoy the task anyway!

  6. They look amazing! I’m SO glad your eyebrows are in place! I did a post on my my chicken catching FIRE! I thought I was going to have to call the Fire Department! I love artichokes, herbs and balsamic – delish!

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