It is great when you find grilled artichokes on a restaurant menu, I always order them for an appetizer, with the delicious dipping mayonnaise served alongside, they are so good. Well I decided to try and make my own version of the recipe I love so much in my kitchen….Do not let the artichoke intimidate you, clean, cut, boil and grill them, it is as easy as that!! Let’s cook!!
Grilled Roman Artichokes with Lemon and Roasted Garlic Mayonnaise
A great party appetizer, easy to make, fun to eat
4 large Roman Artichokes (if you can find ones with their stems, better yet, the best part)
Extra virgin olive oil
Sea salt course grain
-Cut the Artichokes in half taking care to split the stem evenly, remove the outer hard leaves.
-With a paring knife cut away the choke (the spiny part of the inside) being very careful not to cut away the heart
-Next, cut the top thorns of the leaves, the inside and top should look like the photo below
-Place the cleaned artichokes in a pan with cold water and add a sliced lemon, this will prevent discoloration.
-Add the artichokes to a pot of cold salted water, bring to boil and boil for at least 10 minutes, testing the artichokes, they should be soft, but not be falling apart.
-With cooking tongs, carefully remove the Artichokes from the water and let drain
-Preheat a gas grill direct heat
-Place the artichokes on a tray and drizzle generously with olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt
On med/low direct heat, place the artichokes on the grill carefully with kitchen tongs leaf side down first, turn after 3-4 minutes onto the heart side and grill another 3-4 minutes until light golden brown being careful not to burn the artichoke
-Place the artichokes on a platter with the lemon garlic mayonnaise, serve hot
Lemon and Baked Garlic Mayonnaise
6 tbls mayonnaise (high quality)
2 tbls lemon juice
1 1/2 tsp sea salt course grain
2 tbls finely chopped fresh flat leaf parsley
1 head of garlic
fresh ground pepper to taste
-Wrap the head of garlic in aluminum foil and either bake in the oven or place on the grill, bake until soft.
-Squeeze the garlic from the clove it should come out like a cream, use the quantity of baked cloves to taste
-Add the mayonnaise, lemon juice, salt, ground pepper and parsley. Stir until blended