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Grilled Artichokes with Crab Filling


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My grill broke last summer. We were in the middle of a move, and I still held onto the hope that we could fix it, so it wasn’t replaced. In Southern California, grillin' isn’t just a summer activity, it’s a year long love affair, making an entire 13 months sans grill a really long time to deprive myself of the chard glory of fire cooked food.

We just replaced it this past weekend and I can’t get enough of it. I had been trying to satisfy my urge to grill via my grill pan. Although it is a pretty fantastic pan, after making this corn on my stove top in a grill pan I couldn’t take it anymore, I had to have the real thing. I think I’ve officially reached Grill Junky status, lets hope I can keep it under control.

Hope you don’t mind too much, but I’ll be posting my grilling adventures over the next few weeks. And probably well into fall.

Grilled Artichokes with Crab Filling

My favorite pinterest board right now is my Grillin' like a Villain. Feel free to post links to grilled food I should be aware of!

Chicken and Beer Summer Stew

Prep Time: 8 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 4 servings


  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 4 chicken thighs, cut into cubes
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 red pepper, julienned
  • 2 carrots, peeled and sliced into coins
  • 1 shallot minced (about 1/4 cup)
  • 1 tbs flour
  • 1 cup white ale
  • 1 ear of corn
  • ½ cup shelled English peas
  • 1 tbs fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • ¼ tsp turmeric
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 5 leaves of basil, sliced into ribbons
  • 1 loaf crusty Italian bread for serving


  1. Heat olive oil in an enamel cast iron pot or Dutch oven.
  2. Sprinkle salt and pepper on chicken cubes.
  3. Once the oil is hot but not smoking add the chicken, cook until browned on all sides, about 8 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, remove chicken from pot.
  4. Add red peppers, carrots and shallots (plus additional oil if the pan is dry), cook until vegetables have started to soften, about 8 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for about 30 seconds.
  5. Sprinkle with flour, add the beer, scrapping to deglaze the pot, making sure the flour is well combined without lumps.
  6. Add the chicken back into the pot along with the corn and peas.
  7. Reduce heat to maintain a low simmer, cover with the lid at a vent and allow to simmer for ten minutes.
  8. Stir in the lemon juice, remove from heat.
  9. Stir in the cream, turmeric, salt and pepper. Sprinkle with basil.
  10. Serve with bread.


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Tieghan June 25, 2013 um 3:16 am

A year without a grill in Cali! Ugh.
These artichokes look amazing! I love the crab filling and the pineapple in them! So good!


Gerry @ foodness gracious June 25, 2013 um 6:24 am

Yikes, no grill…that would kill me!! Glad you’re back on track 🙂


Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet June 25, 2013 um 7:58 am

We grill a lot and I can just imagine how hard would it be to be without a grill for so long. Loving these artichokes! And the crab filling – yum!


Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry June 25, 2013 um 8:48 am

Since I live in an apartment, I crave a grill in the summer like water. It makes food so much tastier! I could eat this filling alone, crab and pineapple, yummy!


ashley – Baker by Nature June 25, 2013 um 9:49 am

I will be living vicariously through you since w have NO grill here in NYC (it KILLS me). These artichokes look so good, Jackie! I think I need to invite myself over for dinner soon 😉 xo


RavieNomNoms June 25, 2013 um 10:40 am

This looks awesome! I love artichokes, and crab filling?? Yes please!


Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious June 25, 2013 um 9:48 pm

Oh goodness – I think I need to invest in a grill stat!


Des @ Life’s Ambrosia June 25, 2013 um 10:20 pm

I’ve actually just started grilling, usually my husband does it. I must say that I am really enjoying it. And honestly was thinking of grilling the artichokes I bought last week but I never would’ve thought to stuff them with crab filling. I am so going to now and probably with Dungeness Crab because, in my opinion, it’s the best crab out there 🙂


Andi McGrew June 26, 2013 um 4:02 am

This looks amazing. Making it!


Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain June 26, 2013 um 1:44 pm

No grill in Cali would be like not having a winter coat in Denver! Oh my!

And can I tell you, these artichokes are amazeballs. I love, love the crab addition!


Julie @ Table for Two June 26, 2013 um 6:58 pm

What a great idea for the grill, this looks so wonderful!


Bree (Skinny Mommy) June 27, 2013 um 8:57 am

Looks like the perfect summery dish!


Yvonne @ bitter baker June 27, 2013 um 12:39 pm

I just love the way you served these, it looks soo cool!! And I’ve never tried to grill artichokes before, this is definitely going on my BBQ menu! As well as the crab filling 🙂


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