Grilled Artichokes with Lemon Garlic Aioli

Grilled Artichokes with Lemon Garlic Aioli
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About This Recipe

Hello, fellow Napa Valley food enthusiasts! I'm Lily, your local culinary aficionado, and today I'm thrilled to share with you a delicious and seasonal recipe inspired by our beautiful wine country: Grilled Artichokes with Lemon Garlic Aioli. This mouthwatering appetizer showcases the very best of our local produce, perfect for alfresco dining or a delightful starter to a Napa-inspired meal.

I created this recipe after visiting one of our charming local farmers' markets, where I was captivated by the sight of fresh, vibrant artichokes. This seasonal delicacy, combined with the citrusy aroma of lemons and the rich flavor of garlic, inspired me to create a dish that would bring these flavors to life.

For side dishes, consider serving a refreshing quinoa salad with cherry tomatoes, avocado, and corn or a delectable orzo pasta salad with sun-dried tomatoes, olives, and feta cheese. If you're craving something sweet, why not try a tangy lemon bar, a delightful olive oil cake, or a slice of fig and almond tart?

To source the freshest ingredients for this recipe, head to your nearest Napa farmers' market or specialty grocery store. Choose plump, tender artichokes and fragrant local lemons, as well as fresh garlic for the aioli. For an extra touch of Napa authenticity, use local olive oil in your aioli for a true farm-to-table experience.

When it comes to wine pairings, a crisp and refreshing Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc or a bright, fruit-forward Chardonnay from wineries like Cakebread Cellars or Frog's Leap will complement the flavors of the grilled artichokes and tangy aioli beautifully.

As you enjoy your Grilled Artichokes with Lemon Garlic Aioli, take a moment to savor the unique culinary landscape of Napa Valley. From its fertile soil to its world-class wineries, our region offers an unforgettable gastronomic journey. I hope this recipe inspires you to explore Napa Valley's culinary treasures and create your own memorable dishes. Bon appétit!

Hero Ingredient Spotlight: Artichokes

Artichokes, a quintessential springtime delight, stand as a testament to the fertile soils of Napa Valley. These globe-shaped thistles are rich in antioxidants, dietary fiber, and essential vitamins and minerals. When grilled, artichokes take on a smoky flavor profile that pairs seamlessly with the creamy zest of a lemon garlic aioli. Choosing artichokes with tight, green leaves ensures freshness and a succulent heart, making it the star of any dish.

How to Clean and Prep Artichokes for Grilling

  1. Remove Outer Leaves: Begin by snapping off any tough outer leaves from the base.
  2. Trim the Stem: Leave about an inch of the stem, ensuring stability when grilling.
  3. Cut off the Top: Using a sharp knife, cut about an inch off the top of the artichoke.
  4. Halve and Remove the Choke: Slice the artichoke in half. Using a spoon, scoop out the fuzzy choke in the center.
  5. Lemon Bath: To prevent browning, brush the artichoke with lemon juice immediately after cutting.

FAQs About Grilled Artichokes with Lemon Garlic Aioli

  1. How long can the lemon garlic aioli be stored? The aioli can be refrigerated for up to a week in an airtight container.
  2. Can I use jarred minced garlic for the aioli? Fresh garlic is recommended for optimal flavor, but jarred minced garlic can be used in a pinch. Adjust the quantity to taste.
  3. What are the best ways to store leftover grilled artichokes? Store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They'll stay fresh for up to 3 days.
  4. Are there any alternative cooking methods for the artichokes? Yes, artichokes can also be steamed or roasted in the oven if grilling isn't an option.
  5. I have an allergy to mayonnaise. Can I still make the aioli? Absolutely! Substitute the mayonnaise with Greek yogurt or a vegan mayo alternative for a similar texture.

Tips for Success with Your Grilled Artichokes

  1. Uniformity is Key: When cutting the artichokes, ensure that they are halved evenly. This promotes even cooking on the grill.
  2. Oil Them Up: Brushing the artichokes with olive oil before grilling not only adds flavor but helps in getting those desired grill marks.
  3. Pairing Perfection: Complement the smoky artichokes and tangy aioli with a chilled glass of Napa Valley Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc. The wine's notes will elevate the dining experience.

Step into the world of Napa Valley with every bite and sip, savoring the flavors and aromas that have made the region synonymous with culinary excellence. Enjoy your Grilled Artichokes with Lemon Garlic Aioli!

Recipe Overview

Grilled Artichokes with Lemon Garlic Aioli
Lily Anderson
4 servings
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Ingredients List


For the lemon garlic aioli:

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

For the grilled artichokes:

  • 4 large artichokes, cleaned, trimmed, and halved
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Step-by-Step Directions

  1. Start by making the lemon garlic aioli. In a small bowl, mix together the mayonnaise, minced garlic, and lemon juice. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. Set aside.
  2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil, and add the juice of one lemon. Place the artichoke halves in the boiling water, and cook for 15-20 minutes, or until the base is tender when pierced with a fork. Remove the artichokes from the pot, and drain them well.
  3. Preheat your grill to medium-high heat. Brush the artichoke halves with olive oil, and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.
  4. Grill the artichokes, cut side down, for 5-7 minutes, or until they are nicely charred and have grill marks. Flip the artichokes over and grill for an additional 3-5 minutes.
  5. Arrange the grilled artichokes on a serving platter, and serve them with the lemon garlic aioli for dipping.
  6. Enjoy your Grilled Artichokes with Lemon Garlic Aioli alongside a glass of Napa Valley Chardonnay. The wine's rich, creamy texture and citrus notes complement the smoky, tender artichokes and tangy aioli, resulting in a delightful dish that truly celebrates the flavors of our beloved Napa Valley.

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