I don’t post a lot of grilling recipes here. That’s mostly due to the fact that my husband is the primary griller in our home, and I have no idea how he does what he does. Therefore, I cannot share these recipes and tips with you. His grill methods are a mystery to me! (I will say, however, that he helped me develop a recipe for Grilled Flank Steak with Charred Green Onions and Hazelnut Romesco, which can be found in my new cookbook! Just sayin’.)
However, I do occasionally dabble in grilling from time to time.
There’s something about grilling that is just so satisfying. Cooking food over an open flame (or coals) in the great outdoors is a bit of a challenge, but it’s also a ton of fun. And, Labor Day weekend is the perfect time to grill up some grub and soak up the last bits of summer.
A few weeks ago, we decided to grill up a few artichokes with dinner. It was a fantastic decision. Honestly, I cannot begin to express to you how delicious they were. We gobbled up the artichokes in moments, leaving behind a big ole heap of artichoke carnage. It was awesome. I usually steam or boil artichokes, which is also delicious, but grilling brings them up a notch. The grill imparts just a bit of char and a slightly smoky flavor. It’s perfect.
So, then, I’ll share with you my recipe for Grilled Artichokes with Garlic and Herb Aioli. In addition, I’ve posted a whole list of my favorite grilling recipes, all of which would be perfect for your Labor Day BBQ. Whatever your plans may be, I hope you enjoy the holiday weekend and that you enjoy these last lovely bits of summer.
- 4 artichokes
- 2 lemons, halved
- Olive oil
- 1/2 cup mayonaise
- 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon minced fresh herbs, such as rosemary, oregano, and thyme
- First, trim the artichokes. Clip the thorns (the sharp tips of the artichoke leaves) with scissors and remove any small outer leaves near the base of the stem.
- Place the artichokes and a couple of lemon halves in a large pot of salted water. Bring to a boil, and cook for approximately 30 minutes. (To check and see if the artichokes are done, stick a fork in the stem of the artichoke. If it’s tender and the fork pulls out easily, they’re ready!)
- Drain off the water and allow artichokes to cool for a few minutes. In the meantime, prepare your grill.
- Once your grill is hot and the artichokes are cook enough to handle, prepare the artichokes for grilling. Using a sharp knife, cut the artichokes in half lengthwise. Then, using a spoon or paring knife, remove the choke (the fuzzy bits in the center). Brush artichokes with olive oil and place on a plate.
- Place artichoke halves on the center of the grill, directly over the heat. Grill for 10 minutes, or until you get grill marks.
- To make the aioli, mix together the mayo, pepper, garlic, and fresh herbs. Serve the grilled artichokes with the aioli and slices of fresh lemon.
A few of my personal favorite grilling recipes:
A few of my favorite grilling recipes from a few of my favorite blogs:
Grilled Pizzas – 101 Cookbooks
Grilled Chipotle Pork Tenderloin with Fresh Cherry Salsa – Sweet Peas & Saffron
Grilled Watermelon with Jalapeno, Feta, and Honey – Domesticate Me
Grilled Zucchini and Corn Pasta with Parmesan – The Scrumptious Pumpkin
Grilled Halloumi with Strawberries and Herbs - The Turntable Kitchen
Grilled Kale & Fig Salad – Local Haven
Grilled Apricot and Burrata Salad – PDX Food Love
Grilled Peaches with Mascarpone Whipped Cream and Caramel Sauce – Spicy Southern Kitchen
Happy Labor Day weekend, y’all!