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Grilled Artichoke Hearts

Updated: May 11, 2023

with #zaatar aioli

This is a really easy #meze that goes really well with #rakı. These are crispy grilled artichoke hearts. I serve them with aioli because the creamy texture goes perfectly with the crispy leaves. You can find this dish in Lebanon and Israel and other parts of the Levant.

Here is what you need.

prep time: 20 minutes

cooking time: 10 minutes

serves: 4 with other sides

1 can of artichoke hearts, drained

1/4c olive oil

an assortment of fresh herbs, chopped

salt and pepper to taste

  1. put the artichoke hearts in a glass or ceramic bowl, cover with olive oil, herbs , and season to taste - set aside.

For the aioli

2 bulbs garlic, peeled

2 tsp. za'atar

1/2 cup really nice #oliveoil

1 lemon, juiced

salt and pepper to taste

  1. in a food processor or #cuisinart, start the aioli with the garlic blend until very smooth and then blend some more.

  2. start adding the olive oil slowly and emulsify. You will start to notice the aioli thicken, alternate with the lemon juice

  3. add the za'atar and salt and pepper

  4. place in a serving dish and set aside

Putting it all together:

  1. get a grill or grill plate nice and hot. Start grilling your artichoke hearts until nice and crispy. Layer into a serving dish and dress with the remaing marinade from the bowl. Garnish with chopped parsley and a bit of za'atar on top

  2. serve alongside with aioli

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