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Cured Country Ham with Grilled Artichokes


  • For the Artichokes and Ham:
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 4 large artichokes, trimmed for cooking
  • 2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 8 thin slices country or Serrano ham OR prosciutto
  • For the Aioli (Makes 1/2 cup)
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1 Tbsp. chopped fresh oregano
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil


  • 1. Heat grill to medium-high.
  • 2. Bring large pot of water to a boil. Juice lemon into water; add rind. Cut artichokes in half lengthwise; remove chokes by scraping with a small spoon. Add artichokes to water. Cook 10 to 12 minutes or until hearts are easily pierced with a sharp knife. Drain and cool.
  • 3. Drizzle artichokes with oil. Grill 4 to 5 minutes, turning, until lightly charred and caramelized on all sides.
  • 4. Meanwhile, for the aioli, whisk egg yolk, lemon juice, mustard and oregano. Slowly whisk in oil in a slow steady stream, whisking constantly until emulsified.
  • 5. Arrange 2 slices ham on each plate; top with 1 artichoke half. Drizzle with 2 Tbsp. aioli and serve.
  • Nutritional information per serving: Calories 589; Total Fat 41g; Saturated Fat 7g;
  • Trans. Fat 0g; Cholesterol 86mg; Sodium 2045mg; Total Carbohydrate 36g; Dietary Fiber 17g;
  • Total Sugars 6g; Protein 28g