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grilled baby artichokes drizzled with sauce and balsamic glaze

Grilled Baby Artichokes with Balsamic Glaze

  • Author: Kathryn | Urban Foodie Kitchen
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Veggies + Sides
  • Cuisine: Continental


These grilled baby artichokes are topped with a tasty dipping sauce and then drizzled with balsamic glaze for the perfect spring side dish!  


  1. 4 baby artichokes 
  2. juice of one lemon 
  3. 1 tablespoon olive oil 
  4. 1 whole bay leaf 
  5. 1/4 teaspoon whole peppercorns 
  6. 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper 
  7. pinch of salt 

For the dipping sauce:

  • 1/4 cup creme fraiche 
  • 2 tablespoons mascarpone
  • 1 teaspoon honey 
  • dash of ground pepper 
  • pinch of ground cumin 
  • 23 tablespoons of balsamic glaze


  1. Using a sharp knife, remove stems from artichokes and cut in half lengthwise.  Squeeze the from half of the lemon over the cut artichokes.
  2. Bring a medium pot of water to a boil.  Add the peppercorns, bay leaf and artichokes.  Boil for 5 minutes.  Remove artichokes from pan and pat dry.  
  3. While the artichokes are boiling pre-heat a gas grill to medium heat.  In a small bowl mix olive oil and juice from the other half of the lemon.  Brush artichokes with the mixture.  Place on grill cut side down and cook for 5 to 6 minutes.  Turn artichokes over and grill for an additional 5 to 6 minutes until tender. Remove from the grill and place on a serving dish.  Season with salt and pepper. 
  4. While the artichokes are grilling, mix the creme fraiche, mascarpone, honey, pepper and cumin in a small bowl.  Refrigerate until ready to use.  
  5. When ready to serve drizzle about 1/3 of the creme fraiche mixture on the artichokes, reserving the rest for dipping.  Drizzle the balsamic glaze over the artichokes and serve immediately.