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Grilled Artichokes with Garlic Lemon Aioli

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It doesn't have to be all about "sweets" on the special day, savory can be romantic too! There's just something really sexy about eating artichokes with that special someone.

Artichoke's Latin name - Cynara - comes from a mythological tale about a beautiful young maiden named Cynara, with whom the Greek god Zeus fell hopelessly in love. Unable to persuade Cynara to leave her mother and her earthly home to become a goddess, Zeus became so enraged that he transformed her into an artichoke, forever capturing her tender heart at the center of a protective crown of thorny leaves.

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Ingredients

  • 2 large globe artichokes
  • 1 lemon
  • juiced
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Olive oil for brushing
  • Salt and pepper
  • Aioli
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon finely minced garlic
  • ¼ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper

Details

Servings 2
Level of difficulty Average
Preparation time 10mins
Cooking time 30mins
Cost Average budget

Preparation

Step 1

Grilled Artichokes with Garlic Lemon Aioli - Step 1

Prepare a large pot with water and broth. (inch or two) Add the juice of one lemon. Bring to a light boil and drop in cleaned/trimmed artichokes. Cover. Gently simmer for 15 minutes.

Step 2

Grilled Artichokes with Garlic Lemon Aioli - Step 2

Remove artichokes. Cool. Slice in halves. Heat the grill to medium-high. Brush artichokes on both sides with olive oil. Sprinkle generously with salt and pepper.

Step 3

Grilled Artichokes with Garlic Lemon Aioli - Step 3

Grill cut side down, first. About 10 minutes, then 5 on the other side. Carefully scoop the chokes (the hairy part near the heart) out of the artichokes using a teaspoon.

Step 4

Grilled Artichokes with Garlic Lemon Aioli - Step 4

Make the aioli / In a small bowl whisk all ingredients, except black pepper. Store in the fridge, covered. Grind black pepper on top right before serving.

You can scoop out the chokes before grilling.// Spice it up! Add some horseradish or cayenne to the aioli to add some heat.

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