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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Artichoke Bites

I really don't know what to call these delicious bites.  We decided we would pay homage to our trip to California this past weekend.  We enjoyed seeing all the strawberry, artichoke and brussel sprout fields.  The brussel sprouts will come later this weekend it was all about the artichoke, strawberries and chocolate.  Oh yea we visited the mothership Ghirardelli chocolate factory too.
We had these at a Christmas party several years ago and have been saying for years we were going to make them.  We did this weekend and they were better than we remembered.  Buy canned artichoke hearts in water, bacon, and zesty Italian dressing.  Small skewers are helpful too.  You can make as many or as few as you need.  I ended up using only one can this time around.
Drain them well.
I even turned them upside down to drain them out.
Take a heart and wrap in bacon.
Secure with a skewer.
Place them in a dish.
Then pour the dressing over the hearts to marinade them.
Let them sit for a little while.  Now if you were going to fix these for a party you might want to half them and use half a piece of bacon.  They would be easier to eat that way.  It helped having a plate and a fork with these.
We used foil on the grill but if you had a vegetable basket for the grill you could use that.  Joe said he put them bottom down for about 15 minutes then turned them for around 5 minutes.  You want to make sure the bacon is cooked well.
The finished product.   I think you will enjoy them as much as we did.

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