Charred Artichoke Hearts with Saffron Aioli

Charred Artichoke Hearts with Saffron Aioli


This dish is simple to make and absolutely delicious. Artichoke hearts are roasted until they are slightly charred, then served with a creamy saffron aioli. The aioli can be made ahead of time and stored in the fridge for up to a week.


-6 artichoke hearts
-1/4 teaspoon saffron threads
-1/2 cup mayonnaise
-1 garlic clove, minced
-1 tablespoon lemon juice
-Salt and pepper


1. Preheat oven to 200C.

2. Cut the artichoke hearts in half lengthwise.

3. Place on a baking sheet and roast for 15-20 minutes, until slightly charred.

4. In a small bowl, soak the saffron in 1 tablespoon of hot water for 5 minutes.

5. In a larger bowl, mix together the mayonnaise, garlic, lemon juice, and saffron water. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

6. Serve the artichoke hearts with the aioli.

Description of the food

The artichoke hearts are slightly charred and have a soft, creamy texture. The aioli is rich and creamy, with a delicate saffron flavor.

Potential changes & improvements

-For a vegan version of this dish, use vegan mayonnaise and omit the lemon juice.
-Add a pinch of cayenne pepper to the aioli for a little bit of heat.
-Try serving the artichoke hearts with other dipping sauces, such as tzatziki or hummus.

What other food it works well with

This dish is perfect as an appetizer or side dish. It goes well with grilled meats or fish.

Common Mistakes

-Not roasting the artichoke hearts long enough. They should be slightly charred around the edges.
-Using too much saffron. A little goes a long way.

Nutritional Information

-6 artichoke hearts: 60 calories, 3.5 grams fat, 9 grams carbohydrate, 3 grams fiber, 2 grams protein
-1/2 cup mayonnaise: 500 calories, 57 grams fat, 3 grams carbohydrate, 0 grams fiber, 0 grams protein


This dish contains egg.

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