Grilled Artichokes with Caesar Dressing

Made Famous By: Kathi Scott

My Mom recently went "Vegan". It is a scary word I know. She decided to do so for her health. While I am not Vegan , (I like me some meat), I do really enjoy some of the things that she has been cooking. I will try and share the best! This artichoke is in my mind is THE BEST! I could eat these every night! It is the perfect blend of spices. It comes from a cook book called The Conscious Cook by Tal Ronnen. Tal is truly inspired and his flavors are to die for! Enjoy!

2 Fresh Whole Artichokes, trimmed
4 tsp. Olive Oil
1/2 Roughly chopped fresh parsley
1 large Garlic Clove
Zest of 1/2 Lemon
1/4 tsp Red Pepper Flakes
Salt and Pepper
Caesar Dressing (recipe follows)

-Pour 1 inch of water into a steamer pot and bring to a boil. Place the artichokes in the steamer with the tips facing up, cover, and cook for 30-40 minutes, or until an inside leaf can be pulled out easily. Let cool slightly.
-Cut the artichokes in half from top to bottom (a very sharp knife works best for this)and drizzle the insides with oil.
-Finely mince the parsley, garlic, and lemon zest together, and the red pepper flakes and salt and pepper to taste, then sprinkle the mixture over the cut halves of the artichokes.
-Preheat a grill to high, or heat a grill pan over medium-high heat. Grill the artichokes cut side down until lightly blackened, 3-5 minutes. Serve with Caesar Dressing for dipping.

Caesar Dressing

1 Garlic Clove
1 tsp Capers, drained
1/2 C Vegan Mayonnaise
1 tsp White Miso Paste
1 1/2 tsp Nutritional Yeast Flakes
1/2 tsp Light Agave Nectar
1 TBS Fresh Lemon Juice
1/2 C Olive Oil

-Put the garlic, capers, mayonnaise, miso paste, nutritional yeast, agave nectar, lemon juice, and 2 tablespoons water in a food processor and pulse to combine.
-With the motor running slowly add the oil in a thin stream. Continue to blend for 1 minute.

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