Monday, June 10, 2013

ART-I-CHOKES Pastel and recipe.

roasted baby artichokes with a garlic lemon aioli 

Prep Time / Cook Time
20 minutes / 15 minutes

Makes
20 pieces, an appetizer portion for 3-4 people

Ingredients

10 baby artichokes
1 lemon, juiced
2 tablespoons of olive  oil
salt & pepper
1/4 cup of bread crumbs
1/4 cup of parmesan cheese (optional)

lemon garlic aioli:

1/4 cup mayonnaise 
1 clove of garlic, pressed
1 teaspoon of lemon juice
a pinch of salt and white pepper

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 425ยบ
  • Place a medium sized pot of water on the stove and bring to a boil. Prepare a large bowl of water and squeeze in the juice of one lemon. (You will place the artichokes in the water once they are peeled and sliced to keep them from turning brown.) 
  • Start prepping your artichokes. Pull off the dark green outer leaves until you get to the tender, inner yellow ones.  Cut off the top 1/2 inch.  Then cut off most of the steam, and using a paring knife shave off the rough edges around the base. Slice the artichoke in half and place them in the bowl of lemon water. Repeat until all of the artichokes are done. 
  • Transfer the artichokes into the boiling water and blanch for 3 minutes. 
  • Remove the artichokes from the water and place them on a foil lined baking sheet. Toss them with the oil and arrange them with the outer edges facing down. 
  • Season the artichokes with the salt & pepper, and then sprinkle the bread crumbs and parmesan on top. 
  • Place them in the over and cook for about 15 minutes, or until the edges start to brown. 
  • While the artichokes are baking, make your aioli.  Place all of the ingredients into a small bowl and whisk until they are combined.  Cover and place in the fridge until you're ready to use. 
  • Serve the artichokes warm with the chilled aioli. 

Enjoy. I love them!