During spring I often eat grilled artichokes; I just love them and can’t get enough! Artichokes are packed with antioxidants, fiber, and Vitamins C and K. Don’t let this prickly vegetable intimidate you, they are super easy to cook once you figure out how to clean them. If you’ve never cooked an artichoke, I recommend going online and looking for a quick video on cleaning and trimming, as well as, removing the choke. This recipe is great as a snack or even as an appetizer to share with friends. If you’re like me, you’ll devour the whole thing on your own! For the aioli I like to add a little Sriracha for extra flavor, but you can replace it with diced garlic or your favorite hot sauce. If you don’t have a grill you can skip this step and serve the artichoke after boiling. I hope you enjoy this dish as much as I do!
Lemon Sriracha Aioli
1 cup Greek yogurt
1/3 cup mayonnaise
1 tbs lemon juice
1 tsp Sriracha (optional)
Salt and pepper to taste
Place ingredients in a bowl and mix well with a fork. Taste for seasoning, add additional salt, pepper and lemon juice as desired.
2 whole globe artichokes
2 garlic cloves
1 tbs butter
Fill a large pot ¾ of the way with water, bring to a boil. Place rinsed and trimmed artichokes directly into the pot of rapidly boiling water with garlic, butter and lemon. Cover the pot with the lid and cook , flipping halfway through. Simmer until artichokes are tender, about 30 to 45* minutes. Test doneness by pulling away a leaf, it should come off fairly easy when the artichoke is ready.
Heat grill over medium high heat. Slice the artichoke in half lengthwise. Carefully cut out the choke with a paring knife or spoon. Brush the inside of the artichoke with a little olive oil. Place on the grill cut side down and grill 5 to 7 minutes, or until lightly browned. Flip the artichoke and continue to grill another 3 to 4 minutes, or until lightly charred. Serve warm with aioli.
* Make sure to check the water level as the artichokes are cooking. Add more boiling water if needed.
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