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Grilled artichokes with caper aïoli

Recipe by:Russell Young
Executive chef, Hyatt Regency Monterey

Ingredients

  • Artichokes
    4 large artichokes
    Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper
    Olive oil
    1/2 bunch parsley, chopped
    1/4 cup grated Parmesan
    4 cloves garlic, chopped
    Juice of 2 lemons
  • Aïoli
    1/4 cup mayonnaise
    2 tbsp. capers
    1 tsp. anchovy paste (optional)
    Juice of 1 lemon
    1/2 bunch parsley, chopped

Directions

For artichokes: Rinse artichokes under cold water. With a sharp, serrated knife, cut about 1 inch from the top of the artichoke. If desired, use kitchen shears to clip the thorns from the outer layer. Trim stems. Add 2 tbsp. salt to a large pot of boiling water and submerge artichokes for 20 to 25 minutes or until leaves become soft. Remove from hot water and place in a bowl of ice water to halt the cooking process.

Drain artichokes. Cut in half from top to bottom and remove the center choke (fibers) with a spoon. Toss artichoke halves with 1 tbsp. olive oil, and season to taste with salt and pepper. Place on a grill over medium heat and cook for 10 minutes. Remove from grill and toss with a mixture of parsley, Parmesan, garlic, lemon juice, 1 tbsp. olive oil, salt and pepper. Place on a serving tray and serve with aïoli.

For aïoli: Place mayonnaise, capers, anchovy paste, lemon juice and parsley in a small bowl and whisk until incorporated.

Serves 4

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