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Crisped Baby Artichokes with Caper Aioli

These morsels are a nod to the classic Roman-Jewish preparation carciofi alla giudia, but with a lighter twist, as they're roasted instead of deep-fried.

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  • Servings: 6

Photography: Romulo Yanes

Source: Martha Stewart Living, May 2016

Ingredients

Caper Aioli

  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest, plus 2 tablespoons fresh juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely chopped garlic
  • 2 tablespoons capers, preferably salt-packed, rinsed and drained, plus more for garnish (optional)
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

Artichokes

  • 1 lemon, halved
  • 18 baby artichokes (about 3 pounds)
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Flaky sea salt, such as Maldon, for serving

Directions

  1. Caper aioli: Preheat oven to 500 degrees with a rimmed baking sheet on a rack in lowest position. Puree yolk, lemon zest and juice, garlic, and capers in a blender until smooth. With motor running, gradually add oil in a steady stream until mixture is thick and creamy. Season generously with salt and pepper. Transfer to a serving bowl; garnish with more capers.

  2. Artichokes: Squeeze lemon halves into a large bowl of water; add rinds. Working with 1 artichoke at a time, remove all tough outer leaves. With a serrated knife, cut off top 1/2 inch; with a paring knife, trim and peel stem. Open soft inner leaves with your fingers until artichoke resembles a flower in full bloom. (Transfer to lemon water as you work to prevent discoloration.) Drain artichokes upside down, with leaves spread open on paper towels.

  3. Toss artichokes with oil. Place upside down on hot baking sheet and roast, stirring once halfway through, until leaves are crisp and hearts are tender, 8 to 13 minutes. Season with flaky salt and serve immediately, with aioli.

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