Grilled Artichokes & Asparagus with Walking Onion and BasilĀ Aioli

May 26, 2011
0 Ratings
  • Makes about 1 1/4 cups
Author Notes

Wonder of wonders, miracle of miracles, is there anything more awesome than the almighty egg? The uses for this culinary golden child are seemingly endless! There is, perhaps, no better example of the wondrous feats that an egg can achieve than aioli. You start with eggs, lemon juice, and oil and somehow end up with a velvety, creamy, ultra-rich concoction that will make you swear off store-bought mayonnaise forever.

This recipe is full of Colorado's Spring harvest, including local walking onions from Red Wagon Farms (you can use ramps or green onions as a substitute), Penny's Eggs from Nunn, local asparagus, and some fresh basil from my porch garden. Add a simple green salad and you've got yourself a meal (and a perfect way to celebrate a beautiful Spring day!). —the preservery.

What You'll Need
  • Walking Onion and Basil Aioli
  • 2 walking onions (about 1/2 cup), chopped
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves and stems
  • 1 large lemon, juiced
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 2 fresh egg yolks
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • Grilled Artichokes and Asparagus
  • 2 large artichokes
  • 1 bunch asparagus
  • 1-2 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  1. Walking Onion and Basil Aioli
  2. In a food processor, add onions, basil, lemon juice and salt and pulse until combined. Add egg yolks and pulse again to combine. Scrape the sides of the processor bowl to make sure the mixture is evenly distributed at the bottom (so the blades catch as much as possible). Switch the machine on and with the blade running continuously, very slowly drizzle in the olive oil, stopping periodically (about every 1/4 cup or so) to, again, scrape the sides of the bowl so that the aioli blends evenly. Turn the machine off as soon as all the oil has been added. Adjust seasoning, if necessary. Transfer aioli to a bowl, cover, and refrigerate until ready to use.
  1. Grilled Artichokes and Asparagus
  2. Prep artichokes by removing the first outer layer of leaves and trimming the pointed edges off the remaining leaves. Cut the stem to about 1 inch in length. In a large pot, add about 2 inches of water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer, then stand the artichokes on their stems in the pot and cover. Steam until they are just barely tender, about 20 to 25 minutes. Cool the artichokes off by running them under cold water for about 30 seconds, then slice each one in half.
  3. Turn the grill on about medium-high and allow to preheat. Brush the artichokes and asparagus with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Start grilling the artichokes first (they take longer) by placing them on the grill cut-side down. After 8 minutes, turn the artichokes 90 degrees to create a cross-hatch pattern and grill for another 8 minutes. In the last 5 minutes, place the asparagus on the grill and cook each side for about 2 to three minutes. Remove vegetables from the grill and serve hot or at room temperature with aioli on the side.

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2 Reviews

the P. April 23, 2012
Walking onions (also called Egyptian onions or tree onions) are these marvelous-looking spring onions that we received in huge abundance last year from our CSA. They are very similar to green onions, in flavor and pungency, although I find them to be a bit stronger and more peppery. They are called "walking onions" because of the unusual way they grow - the first stalk grows so high that it bends under it's own weight and lowers to the ground, where it will often put down roots. The plant will continue to grow this way, with multiple stalks per bulb. They're easy to spot at the farmers market because of the long, numerous, rather dramatic-looking stalks. Try them out if you can find them!
LeBec F. April 19, 2012
ccc, aren't you going to tell us what walking onions are? pleeeze! and what do they look like?