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Saturday, May 21, 2011

grilled artichokes with garlic lemon aioli -- gluten free + dairy free

i've been dying to make these now for some time. the propane tank was running low, so i didnt get the amount of grilled 'char' that i was looking for - none-the-less - these turned out amazing.

artichokes are incredibly healthy to eat (barring you dont douse them in butter). they have very few calories each - around 64 calories per artichoke! they contain potassium, magnesium, folate, lots of fiber and contain cynarin, which can satiate a sweet tooth - i notice that after i eat them everything tastes sweet!

grilled artichokes

  • 2 large artichokes
  • 1 lemon - sliced
  • pepper (sprinkle over artichokes before grilling)
  • kosher salt (sprinkle over artichokes before grilling)
  • 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil (brush artichokes with before grilling)
bring a large pot of water to a boil on the stove top. heat grill to medium high. meanwhile, prep artichokes by removing excess leaves from stalks and trimming off the bottom portion of the stalk (i usually remove around 1/2 inch and leave a decent amount of stalk remaining on the artichoke - its yummy!). peel away the outer layer of skin on the stalk - it can be tough to eat. using a bread knife cut away top portion of artichoke so that you can see the inner part (i typically remove around 1 inch or so). going around the outside of the artichoke cut the spikes off of each exposed leaf. place whole artichokes along with sliced lemon inside of boiling water - using a cooking pot lid turned over the wrong way - push the artichokes into the boiling water. i find the inversed lid helps keep them submerged.  boil until artichokes are tender - test by inserting a fork into the area where the base of the artichoke meets the stem - it should easily slide in. remove artichokes from water and strain. using a knife (i find using a serrated knife works best) cut each artichoke in half. brush each half (interior portion) with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. place each artichoke on the grill with the interior portion face down. grill 5-7 minutes until preferred char is achieved. remove from grill and serve with aioli.

garlic-lemon aioli
  • 4 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice - fresh squeezed
  • 1 tsp fresh dill
  • 1 garlic clove finely diced
  • 1 tbsp finely diced onion
  • kosher salt
  • pepper
combine all above ingredients and ta-da! you've got delish, easy aioli!

these make a great appetizer, main course or snack. practically guilt free to eat too!

above all - if youre cruising around looking for other DIY projects/recipes - swing by these blogs to see what other bloggers like myself have to offer! happy weekend :)


  1. You did it again Katie! These look so yummy! We love grilling everything we can in the summer so we will definitely be trying these. Thank you for sharing the recipe with us at Inspiration Friday!


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