Grilled Artichokes with Garlic Lemon Aioli
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.
- 2 large globe artichokes
- 1 lemon
- 1/2 cup chicken broth
- 1/2 cup water
- Olive oil for brushing
- Salt and pepper
- 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
Level of difficulty Average
Preparation time 10mins
Cooking time 30mins
Cost Average budget
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.
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.
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.
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.