Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Grilled Artichoke Appetizer with Creamy Lemon Dip

One of Andrew and I's favorite places to go out on a date to is Hillstone. There you can find the best dirty martinis (extra cold with 3 olives please!), as well as the most ridiculously addicting ice cream sundae that comes with it's own gravy boat full of chocolate fudge.  What you can also find there during the summer months when available is the most sinful grilled artichoke appetizer. Well worth the price of an entree for 3 artichoke halves and a creamy lemon herb dip; these things are a hot commodity. I tried to make my very own commoner version at home, doing my best to re-create their infamous app, and I admittedly did a great job, but like they always say, if it ain't broke, don't expect it to come out the same as a top-tier restaurant with professional chefs. Try your hand at this for your next dinner party, or as a quick snack to be had between lunch and dinner. Cheers!

Grilled Artichoke Appetizer with Lemon Dip

  • 2 large artichokes, halved lengthwise
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 2 tbsp. mayo
  • 2 tbsp. plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 garlic clove, grated or pressed
  • salt and pepper to taste

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Lower heat to a rolling boil and add in the halved artichokes,. Cook for 20 minutes.

Meanwhile prepare the lemon dip. Whisk together 1/2 of the lemon juice, mayo, yogurt, garlic, salt, and pepper. Keep in the fridge until ready to serve.

During the last 5 minutes of boiling, preheat our grill over high heat. Once the artichokes are done cooking, remove them from the water, drizzle with olive oil on the cut side and place onto the direst heat of the grill. Grill for 3-5 minutes until charred. Remove from the heat and serve with lemon dip.

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