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My Craving Satisfaction – Grilled Artichokes with Basil Garlic Dip

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I am obsessed on having Fire Roasted Artichokes with  Spicy Vinaigrette & Garlic Dip every time I am at  Cheesecake Factory.  I feel like I mostly go there to get me some artichokes.  It is offered as an appetizer, but there has been times that I have just ordered a whole plate just for me.  I think my obsession is the  dip in addition to their roast-y artichokes.

Over the weekend, we took my husband’s cousins from Toronto, Canada to the Cheesecake Factory in Marina Del Ray. After three hours of wait time, we finally got a table for 20.  They love the Cheesecake Restaurant chains and this was one of their to-do lists visiting California.  They are hoping and praying that the Cheesecake management will consider expanding to the Toronto area.  I am pretty sure that they alone will keep the restaurant in business.

Cheescake Factory, if you’re listening… Please grant them their wish.  You won’t have any regrets. Promise!

We ordered lot of food…  Besides the 3 hour wait time, it’s the perfect place  for a big party.  It covers everyone’s diet and food appetite.  (Cheescake’s menu is so big that it is as thick as as a book.)  And of course, we did not forget the artichoke order.  However, four appetizer plates of artichokes were not enough for someone who loves to have artichokes as much as me.

So the following day, I felt the need to make my version of the famous fire-roasted artichokes to satisfy my own cravings.  My plan was to allow myself to have as much artichokes as I possibly can.

I first cleaned the artichokes and steamed them.  Then I used my stove top griddle to grill them under medium high heat.  Instead of having 2 different dips, I decided to combine the flavors into one.  And my cooking  conclusion was great tasting artichokes with the best dip.   Even if it was not truly the recipe of Cheesecake Factory, it was a great attempt and felt very satisfied with the results.

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  • Suchitra Vaidyaram

    Gotta try this- looks heavenly :)

  • Kianqikk

    i cant wait to try this…..i also LOVE artichoke…..yummmyyyyy…..

  • http://torviewtoronto.blogspot.com Torviewtoronto

    Would love to check out this place if it comes to Toronto
    The artichoke looks yummy

  • Nesrine Gamal

    Great recipe…..the Dip is great. too:))

  • http://danasfoodforthought.com Dana

    This sounds delicious! Artichokes are some of may favorite veggies!

  • RavieNomNoms

    YUM, this look so so soooo good!!

  • Carol Egbert

    Grilled artichokes are sold in the markets in Sicily. Lovely flavor even without a sauce.

  • Sprinkledwithflour

    I love artichokes. I bet these are wonderful :)

  • http://www.mission-food.com Victoria

    I love taking something I love at a restaurant and trying to recreate it. These look delicious!! I have had a similar Cheesecake Factory experience! I had my birthday party there a few years ago and we had to wait for hours. I got to the point where I went up to the bar and begged the bartender for bread. Because it was my birthday, he obliged, haha :)

  • http://www.tasteofbeirut.com tasteofbeirut

    I love that dip! the touch of roasting the garlic is so clever and tasty; I have to say the best ever artichokes I have had (the kind you eat roasted without having to remove chokes cause they dont have any) was in Italy, they were tiny and so so delicious; sadly I haven’t had these in decades.

  • http://www.cooksbookblog.com Marisa Musto

    My dad would love these! He is obssessed with getting them at Houston’s. Have you ever gotten them there? They are just like these and really good! Great recreation!

  • http://www.theardentepicure.com/ Magic of Spice

    Fantastic dip…I so love grilled artichokes, all forms actually :) This is a different sauce that I would love to add to out family snacks :)

  • Pachecopatty

    Nice dip recipe, the artichokes look really good!

  • http://themomchef.blogspot.com The Mom Chef

    Wow, that looks amazing. I usually just steam mine, but I can just imagine the added layer of flavor from the grilling as well. I do like the dip too, which is different than mine; but many times different can totally expand one’s horizon, eh? Thanks for passing this along. Can’t wait to try it.

  • A Spicy Perspective

    Beautiful dish! The dipping sauce sounds fantastic!

  • http://www.mytastyhandbook.com Adelina Badalyan

    Now you are making me want to go to Italy!

  • http://www.mytastyhandbook.com Adelina Badalyan

    Thanks Victoria! I can totally picture myself doing that.

  • http://www.mytastyhandbook.com Adelina Badalyan

    Carol, you are teasing me. Oh, I wish I had more access to Italy.

  • http://ieatoats.wordpress.com Gree

    Oh my, this looks fantastic!

  • http://www.mytastyhandbook.com Adelina Badalyan

    Hi Marisa, I hope your dad likes them. I have never been to Houson’s. Now I really want to go. Thanks for your recommendation.

  • Squeaky Gourmet

    that dip sounds incredible!

  • Claudia

    This calls my name. I am entranced just looking at those delectable artichokes. Bookmarked.

  • Kocinera

    I love Cheesecake Factory! My favorite’s the tuna tempura sushi, it’s to die for. That, and their red velvet cake cheesecake. Oh, and a big handful of other things as well. hehe Those artichokes looks amazing, too!

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