GRILLED ARTICHOKES WITH LEMON AIOLI!

I confess… I’m an artichoke lover! In fact my whole family is, we can’t resist them in any way shape or form!

Give us a pan of stuffed artichokes and we are all smiles, as we sit around the table scraping each leaf working are way down to the “heart”, by the time we are finished we each have a pile of scraped and discarded leaves on our plates! Now that’s some good eating!!
But now that it’s BBQ season we enjoy eating them grilled just as much. I think the hardest thing about cooking artichokes is the prep, to prepare them for the grill you have to cut the top off,discard some outer leaves and trim up the remaining ones.

You’ll want to cut them in quarters, and remove any fuzzy center and pull out all pointy and scratchy leaves. Immediately after cutting immerse them in lemon water until ready to cook.
Place them in a pot of salted water and cook till tender.

Drain well, and gently squeeze out excess water, set aside in a bowl.

A couple of hours before they are ready to be grilled, toss them in some extra virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar and crushed garlic, salt and pepper.

The lemon aioli is whipped up very quickly with a good store bought mayonnaise, a little crushed garlic, fresh lemon juice, along with the rind, and salt and pepper to taste. Just make sure the consistency is good for dipping.

I actually like to grill these in my indoor grill pan, I feel have more control because they are a little fragile, and besides the marinade flavor seems to not burn off. But you absolutely can put them on your grill outside, just make sure your grill is super clean, you don’t want to take on any other flavors.
These are great appetizers to start off a meal, or to have as a nice side dish.

And last but not least, I want to thank my Florida house guests that were staying with us a couple of weeks ago, they gave me this beautiful blue oval platter ( for my blog!!) I don’t think the picture does it justice you can’t see how huge it is! I thought the green artichokes would look nice on it, what do you think?
Anyway, thanks again, Angie and Pat, Diane, Donny, and of course Lindsey and Lauren.

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  1. This looks really good, I must confess at my grand old age I have never eaten an artichoke.

    Time to try, eh :)

  2. I bought some baby artichokes the other day and have been wondering what to do with them..and yes the artichokes look beautiful on your new platter:D

  3. I could tuck into a dish of these :)

  4. Believe it or not, I have never cooked an artichoke before in my life, but this looks so incredibly delicious, I will have to try.

  5. Thank you so much for this recipe! To be honest, artichokes intimidate me a bit. I’m trying to get over that since I so often drive through artichoke groves & can buy them directly from the farmers. This I can handle. They look sooo yummy! And, the blue platter perfectly compliments their color. How wonderful to have dear friends that care enough about you to give you something that you can really use. I know you will think of them every time you use it.

    xoxox Amy

  6. I have been seeing some nice big artichokes lately. You make them so appetizing. I have to try the grill methos with leomon aioli!

  7. I really love artichockes ever! But never made how you show, really yummy, I like so this recipe Marie xxxGloria

  8. Oh, gosh. I think I could eat up that entire platter of artichokes. Yum.

  9. I think I could live on artichokes and figs (not together, but separately). Were these babies? I would think it would have taken hours to clean the bigger ones!

  10. Marie, that looks terrific. I love artichokes too and that aioli is making me drool! Well done!

  11. I always shy away from fresh artichokes, but seeing this, I might just have to play with one!
    Great new platter! Nice color!

  12. Those grilled artichokes sound really good!

  13. Those look so great. I love that platter. I have an weakness for serving bowls and would love a great gift like that!!!

  14. Oh man, I think I could devour the whole plate by myself! This looks fabulous Marie!

  15. Wow lemon alioli!! Here in Catalunya – Spain, alioli is made with almonds and it is used to spread over food and then grill. Delicious :O

  16. Dear Marie I heard today is the ITALY day and is it, I congrats a Proud Italian cook so beauty that cook wonderful!!!! you!!! xxxGloria

  17. This looks amazing! I HAVE to try it the next time we have guests for a BBQ. And the lemon aioli…. RIGHT up my aioli .. I mean ALLY!

  18. Marie!!! You always cook what I love to eat!!!

  19. Mmmmmm…. everything you make looks so divine, Marie! I usually stuff artichokes but I am going to try this way to make them. I am so happy to have found your blog!

    Hugs, Pat

  20. Fab as always Marie, it’s very difficult to get fresh artichokes here so I rarely have them:( keep me some??:)

  21. You make it sound so easy to do Marie, and then you gotta make it look delicious as well! Grilled ‘chokes…Wow! Might I also add that your new platter looks beautiful too? ;-)

  22. Have to admit, I’ve always been a bit intimidated by artichokes, but these look too yummy to not give ‘em another try.

  23. We love artichokes too, but we’re boring artichoke eaters… simply steaming them and eating them with a smidge of mayo. Grilling them sounds like a great idea. I’ve never, ever thought to grill artichokes. I don’t know why. It sounds delicious!

  24. I adore artichokes, Marie. (“They may choke Arti, but they ain’t going to choke me!”)

    You’re right about the prep work taking so much time, but what a trade-off. I think I am going to try them on the grill in my “grill wok.”

    Thanks for the inspiration! (and I love your new blue platter) ;-)

  25. Marie.. you must make your grill very happy! This sounds so good.. The artichokes look so tender too! Yumm.. :)

  26. Love it! This looks too good!!

    I have missed reading up on your delicious food!!

  27. I like your lemon aioli recipe. Those grilled artichokes look lovely on your new platter. Hooray for new tableware!

  28. I wish I had more guts when it comes to fresh artichokes.

  29. Those are delectable!!!!

  30. I didn’t think I could eat another artichoke after the obscene number I have consumed already this spring. That is, until I saw your pics and this recipe. Looks like I’ll be eating more artichokes after all. :)

  31. Since I am just back from Italy…I have had my share of artichokes!
    I have eaten so many baby chokes, there may be a shortage.
    ciao~

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