Hi Everyone Mary Ann, Annie and I are back with a group of our blogging friends for a Progressive Barbeque. Since many of us are once again under stay at home orders, let’s have some fun cooking. It’s good for the soul. If you have been reading this blog long you know I love vegetables. Let’s get grilling and enjoy my with Grilled Artichokes with Lemon Mint Aioli.
I always have tons of lemons and mint in my garden and I love the fresh combination of the two. I came up with an aioli combining lemons and mint to accompany the artichokes. I used Meyer lemons but any lemons will work.
It isn’t imperative that you use lemon olive oil but it adds a fresh element to the aioli that is hard to beat. If you can’t find it locally, I have linked some at the bottom of the post. My favorite is our local Pasolivo Lemon Olive Oil. It looks like they may be out at the moment, but it is normally readily available.
I lighten up the lemon aioli by adding fat-free Greek yogurt for part of the mayonnaise.
Here’s the recipe for Grilled Artichokes with Lemon Mint Aioli. I think you will enjoy it.
Grilled Artichokes with Meyer Lemon/Mint Aioli
- 4 large artichokes
- 3 large lemons
- 3 T lemon olive oil
- 3 T chopped mint
- 1 t minced garlic
- 3/4 c mayonaise
- 1/4 c nonfat greek yogurt
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Trim stem of each artichoke to 1 inch, and snap off dark outer leaves. Use a sharp knife to trim off the top inch from the artichoke leaves. Use a paring knife to peel the dark green skin from the stem and base of artichoke. Slice each artichoke in half lengthwise. Use a paring knife to remove the choke and the purple, prickly-tipped leaves from center of each half. Place prepped artichokes in a large bowl of cold water with juice of 2 lemons.
Drain artichokes, and cook in boiling salted water until just tender when pierced with a sharp knife, about 12 minutes. Drain artichokes, and pat dry.
Heat a gas grill to medium-high. Carefully wipe the preheated grates with a lightly oiled paper towel.
Toss artichokes in oil. Grill artichokes, cut sides down, uncovered, over direct heat, turning occasionally, until tender and lightly charred in spots, about8- 10 minutes. Halve remaining lemon. Grill lemon, cut sides down, and chile until charred and softened, about 5 minutes.
Squeeze juice from warm grilled lemons into a bowl, discarding seeds. Scoop out lemon flesh, coarsely chop, and add to juice. Whisk in mayonnaise, yogurt, mint, garlic, and salt. Serve warm artichokes with aioli and grilled bread.
I served the grilled artichokes with simple grilled bread alongside fresh halibut. They would also be great with chicken or steak. I don’t know about you but leftovers for breakfast would work for me as well.
What wine to serve with the grilled artichokes with lemon mint aoli? Artichokes have the reputation of being a “wine-killer”. “A compound in artichokes called cynarin supposedly binds to the sweet receptors on the tongue, temporarily shutting them off. As you sip your wine,” the cynarin is pulled off of the receptor, reactivating it”. For this reason, most wine experts recommend buying a highly acidic dry wine that has little or no residual sugar such as a Sauvignon Blanc, Pinto Grigio, Gruner Veltliner, or an Albarino .
One of our favorite local wineries, Morgan Winery has a great Sauvignon Blanc, and an Albarino that would pair beautifully with this dish. Morgan doesn’t have a bad wine in their lineup. If you are looking to join a wine club you might give them a try. Their Pinots are some of the best.
You might also enjoy the post I did about their tasting room refresh here.
You might find the following articles helpful when pairing wines with artichokes.
- I hope you will enjoy this recipe for grilled artichokes with lemon-mint aioli as much as I have. You can prepare the artichokes and the aioli in advance and serve at room temperature to make things simpler. Of course, they are best fresh off the grill!
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Mary Ann, Annie, and I have also decided to join forces on Sunday with a new series called Our Favorite Finds This Week. We will share recipes, favorite links, and finds that caught our eye during the week. I think you will enjoy it!
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Now, I can’t wait to see what my friends have come up with. I am looking for some fresh ideas for a barbeque at the lake this weekend. Let’s pop over and see what they are sharing. Have a great week and keep your spirits up.