Pictured: Grilled Steak, grilled artichoke, home made aioli to dip artichoke, fresh diced mango, baked potato.
Note: This is one of those meals, that while incredible, it's important to really know your portions. Don't exceed your fist size with your potato, be it regular or sweet, or a couple small red or yellow skins. I personally prefer to eat my potatoes with just salt and pepper. However, if you MUST dress it up, Greek Yogurt makes a good substitute for sour cream as does this home made aioli. But it's important to remember that just because it's better than sour cream, doesn't mean it's okay to pile on and over do it.
To make the aioli dipping sauce:
Mix the following in a bowl
3/4 cup of plain Greek Yogurt (Oikos was used here)
1 tablespoon fresh squeezed lemon (more to taste)
1 teaspoon of parsley
1 tablespoon of dill
1 tablespoon of fresh garlic
Salt to taste
Optional - 1 teaspoon of sriacha for a kick (more to taste)
The artichoke was steamed for 30 minutes. This may vary. Do so until tender, but not falling apart. Once you pull the artichoke from the steamer and can handle it, cut it in half. You'll then have to scoop out the stringy clump in the middle of the artichoke in the middle just above the stem, keeping the artichoke in tact. Finally, hit the artichoke halves with olive oil and salt and pepper. I already had the steaks going for 5 minutes and then added the artichokes for about 5 minutes. Once again, your time may vary for the artichoke on the grill. I did this over medium heat until they were charred as shown in the picture, which as mentioned was about 5 minutes.
Lastly, it may seem silly, but if you don't know how to eat a artichoke like this, you don't eat the whole thing. You pull one leaf off at a time and bite the bottom half of the leaf and scrape your teeth down the leaf to pull the "meat" from the artichoke. Then discard the leaf in an empty bowl. And as mentioned, I was dipping each leaf lightly in the home made aioli and it was absolutely delicious!
It's a little more time and work and a little easier to pull off with someone helping in the kitchen, but its very worth it and absolutely delicious!