Grilled Artichokes and Thyme Aioli

What says summer more than grilling?  To me, nothing.  And this summer, this is my favorite thing to make on the grill.  The first time I tried it, I was hooked.  We were at a cookout, and I loved the end result so much, I went home and made it myself the next night.  It’s pretty easy and totally delicious.  I’d bathe in the aioli, if I thought I could get away with it.  So, are you in?  Here’s the recipe:

Grilled Artichokes with Thyme Aioli

-2-4 artichokes

-1 lemon

-1/2 cup Best Foods Mayonnaise

-1 organic egg yolk

-1 teaspoon thyme

To prepare artichokes:

1.  To prepare artichokes: Fill a large pot  with water; add the juice of 1 lemon. Trim leaves from the top of an artichoke. Remove the outer layer(s) of leaves from the stem end and snip all remaining spiky tips from the outer leaves. Trim an inch off the bottom of the stem and use a vegetable peeler to remove the fibrous outer layer. As each artichoke is prepared, drop it into the lemon water to prevent it from turning brown.

2.  When all the artichokes are prepared, cover the pan and bring to a boil. Boil until the base of the stem can be pierced with a fork, about 12 to 15 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board and let stand until cool enough to handle, about 10 minutes.

3.  Slice the artichokes in half lengthwise. Scoop out the choke and first few inner layers in the center until the bottom is revealed. Brush each half with oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Grill the artichokes until tender and lightly charred, about 5 minutes per side.

Make the Aioli:
1.  Add the organic egg yolk to mayo, and blend with a hand mixer.
2.  Layer in ground thyme and hand stir.
3.  Sprinkle a little additional thyme on top.

This is what the artichokes look like after they are grilled

Here is the end result (with other barbecue essentials)

Enjoy!!  And have a wonderful weekend!

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