Grilled Artichokes with Polenta and blistered tomatoes, pesto, capers and fresh basil -served family style! An easy, healthy, rustic meal, perfect for summer nights on the patio! Vegan and GF !

Grilled Artichokes and Polenta with Blistered tomatoes, pesto, capers and fresh basil-- served family style ...perfect for a casual summer evening! Vegan and GF | www.feastingathome.com| #grilledartichokes

This rustic, family-style Italian meal is a feast for the senses. Fresh artichokes are grilled to perfection giving them a delicious earthy, smokey char. Polenta is grilled and cherry tomatoes are blistered. Drizzled with pesto, sprinkled with capers and strewn with basil leaves, this meal can be kept vegan and gluten free…or for extra richness, add dollops of creamy Burrata cheese.

Serve this on casual summer evenings, family style, on a large cutting board or plater, and place right smack in the middle of the table allowing everyone to serve themselves. Or, for a more upscale affair, plate individually -stacking and layering the polenta. This is summer grilling, Italian Style!

Grilled Artichokes and Polenta with Blistered tomatoes, pesto, capers and fresh basil-- served family style ...perfect for a casual summer evening! Vegan and GF | www.feastingathome.com| #grilledartichokes

This recipe was created for  Colavita, a gourmet Italian food company founded in Southern Italy, in a small village called Sant’Elia a Pianisi.

Originally, there were two families. One family produced olive oil from the local olives and the other family made fresh pasta for the village. The two families with the same name, Colavita, eventually became one company and today create a variety of gourmet ingredients for Italian cooking.

For years, I had been using their olive oil, so when a few boxes filled with all their products came, I was already familiar with the brand, but had no idea they offered so many great gourmet products besides olive oil!

Grilled Artichokes and Polenta with Blistered tomatoes, pesto, capers and fresh basil-- served family style ...perfect for a casual summer evening! Vegan and GF | www.feastingathome.com| #grilledartichokes

The dish starts off with making a firm polenta out of cornmeal which will be chilled so it sets up. I usually make the polenta and blanch the artichokes the day before. Then when ready to serve, all there is to do is fire up the grill!

I can’t say enough about this particular polenta. I’ve made a lot of polenta in my life, in catering and in my restaurant days… and have the polenta scars to prove it. This, by far is the best and easiest I’ve worked with. It’s a finer grain, doesn’t clump and cooks in 5 minutes flat! It has great texture and holds up well on the grill. I’m kind of obsessed with it at the moment.

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I love adding fresh herbs to  polenta at the very end of cooking so they stay green…like sage or basil.

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Use the backside of a metal spatula coated in olive oil to smooth it out. You do not have the fill the whole pan, just be sure it’s ¾ of an inch thick.

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Blanch untrimmed artichokes in salted water with the juice of one lemon. Often I will do this a day ahead and refrigerate. The cooled artichokes are much easier to cut and grill.
Grilled Artichokes and Polenta with Blistered tomatoes, pesto, capers and fresh basil-- served family style ...perfect for a casual summer evening! Vegan and GF | www.feastingathome.com| #grilledartichokes
Cut the blanched, cooled artichokes in half. Start from the stem end.
Grilled Artichokes and Polenta with Blistered tomatoes, pesto, capers and fresh basil-- served family style ...perfect for a casual summer evening! Vegan and GF | www.feastingathome.com| #grilledartichokes
Spoon out the thistly center, leaving the heart intact.
Grilled Artichokes and Polenta with Blistered tomatoes, pesto, capers and fresh basil-- served family style ...perfect for a casual summer evening! Vegan and GF | www.feastingathome.com| #grilledartichokes
Cut in half again, so you have 4 quarters, and eight wedges.
Grilled Artichokes and Polenta with Blistered tomatoes, pesto, capers and fresh basil-- served family style ...perfect for a casual summer evening! Vegan and GF | www.feastingathome.com| #grilledartichokes
Make sure the artichokes are coated well, so they don’t stick to the grill. Treat them gently.
Grilled Artichokes and Polenta with Blistered tomatoes, pesto, capers and fresh basil-- served family style ...perfect for a casual summer evening! Vegan and GF | www.feastingathome.com| #grilledartichokes
Cut the polenta into squares, triangles or make circles with a cookie cutter or mason jar lid.
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Toss 1 pound cherry tomatoes with olive oil and salt, which will prevent them from sticking to the grill.
Grilled Artichokes and Polenta with Blistered tomatoes, pesto, capers and fresh basil-- served family style ...perfect for a casual summer evening! Vegan and GF | www.feastingathome.com| #grilledartichokes
Preheat the grill to medium-high and take your artichokes, polenta and tomatoes outside.                                                                                           This would be perfect the time to pour yourself a glass of vino.

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Grill it all up. Adding an element of smoke here is really nice- like some wood chips in a foil packet, or cooking over coals.

Grilled Artichokes and Polenta with Blistered tomatoes, pesto, capers and fresh basil-- served family style ...perfect for a casual summer evening! Vegan and GF | www.feastingathome.com| #grilledartichokes

Serve it up with pesto – or try this homemade Arugula Pesto!

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Grilled Artichokes and Polenta with Blistered tomatoes, pesto, capers and fresh basil-- served family style ...perfect for a casual summer evening! Vegan and GF | www.feastingathome.com| #grilledartichokes
This can also be individually plated…layer polenta, with burrata cheese, pesto, tomatoes, basil and top with polenta. Surround with pesto and capers and a couple grilled artichoke wedges.

Grilled Artichokes and Polenta with Blistered tomatoes, pesto, capers and fresh basil-- served family style ...perfect for a casual summer evening! Vegan and GF | www.feastingathome.com| #grilledartichokes

Hope you Enjoy!

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Grilled Artichokes & Polenta w/ Blistered Tomatoes and Pesto

  • Author: Sylvia Fountaine | Feasting at Home Blog
  • Prep Time: 45 mins
  • Cook Time: 45 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 mins
  • Yield: 3-4 1x
  • Category: Main, vegan, gluten free
  • Method: Grilled
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean

Description

Grilled Artichokes and Polenta with blistered tomatoes, pesto, capers and fresh basil -served family style! An easy healthy rustic meal, perfect for summer nights on the patio! Vegan and GF


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 cup instant polenta
  • 3 ½ cups water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage or basil
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
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  • 2 large artichokes
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 2 T vinegar
  • generous pinch salt and pepper
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  • 1 lb cherry tomatoes
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • pinch salt
  • —–
  • Garnish
  • 3 tablespoons store-bougt pesto or arugula pesto
  • 2 tablespoons capers
  • ½ C burrata cheese ( or goat cheese) optional
  • few basil leaves

Instructions

  1. An easy way to do this is to prepare the polenta and blanch the artichokes a day ahead. Then before serving just, fire up the grill, and its done in 15 minutes!
  2. To blanch artichokes- place artichokes in a pot full of water, with 1 T salt and juice on one lemon ( leave the lemon halves in the water). Bring to a boil, then simmer on low for 45 minutes. Drain and chill. Once chilled, slice in half, scoop our fuzzy thistles with a spoon, and cut in half again. You will have 8 quarters. Drizzle with olive oil, vinegar, salt and pepper, gently toss to coat.
  3. To make polenta- Bring 3 ½ Cups water to a boil in a medium pot. Add salt, pepper, granulated garlic. Gradually add polenta, whisking constantly. Turn heat to low, cover and cook until done. If using Coavita brands instant version, this will take 5 minutes. If using a noon instant brand, this may take 20 minutes, so read the directions on the box. Once polenta has cooked and thickened, whisk in olive oil and fresh sage ( or basil). Spread on a greased baking dish, smoothing out with a flat bottom metal spatula, coated in olive oil, to ¾ inch thickness. Refrigerate, until firm and chilled over night or for at least two hours. Cut into squares, triangles or rounds.
  4. Toss cherry tomatoes with olive oil and salt.
  5. Pre heat grill to medium high.
  6. Grill polenta, until grill marks appear, closing lid. Flip over and grill the other side. Place on a platter. Grill artichokes on all sides, until slightly charred and heated through. Place around polenta. Char the cherry tomatoes until thy blister slightly. Arrange them around polenta and artichokes. Drizzle with pesto, scattter capers and basil leaves around the top. Add dollops of burratta cheeese ( or goat cheese) for extra richness. Enjoy!


Nutrition

  • Calories: 485

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  1. This was INCREDIBLE. A perfect summer night dish with farm fresh tomatoes and giant artichokes that looks as good as it tastes. Just read that recipe in advance in order to prep the polenta and artichokes before and it’s a breeze. I also made a quick vegan pesto in advance. Cannot wait to make this again! Ohh and we kept it vegan with a soft nut “cheese.”

  2. Excellent. Made homemade pesto and homemade polenta to go with it. Served it up on a cheese board. Success.

  3. This is absolutely stunning! I can look at it all day. It is almost too beautiful to eat. Pinned.

  4. Wow!! I’ve never seen artichokes prepared quite like that. So many colors, and the pesto combination sounds incredible!

  5. This is so far out from anything I would have come up with. I love THAT. It just looks European. It’s a cheap
    way to travel. And you don’t have to fight your way thru the airports and customs. Wonderful medley of flavors, textures and colors.

  6. Absolutely a stunning FEAST! Artichokes, polenta and burrata…this will be stunning and enjoyed by many. Thank you. Oh…and when I read your ‘story,’ I’m not surprised how much I love this recipe…Mizzuna..my sister lives in Nine Mile Falls, has been a favorite for years…I enjoyed each visit!

  7. Wow! This looks incredible. I love how you plated the stack of polenta and tomatoes. Gorgeous! I’ve never enjoyed polenta prepared like this, but it looks fantastic!

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Hi, I'm Sylvia!

Chef and author of the whole-foods recipe blog, Feasting at Home, Sylvia Fountaine is a former restaurant owner and caterer turned full-time food blogger. She currently lives in the Pacific Northwest and shares seasonal, healthy recipes along with tips and tricks from her home kitchen.

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