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Spring Aioli Feast

Thayer Allyson Gowdy
Total time 1 hr, 30 mins
Yield Makes 6 to 8 servings
Notes: You can prepare through step 3 up to 1 day ahead; cover vegetables separately and chill.Prep and cook time: About 1 1/2 hours

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 to 2 pounds red thin-skinned potatoes (1 to 1 1/2 in. wide)
  • 1 1/2 to 2 pounds asparagus
  • 1 pound sugar snap peas
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice or vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 or 4 artichokes (12 to 14 oz. each)
  • 1 dozen radishes (about 8 oz.), rinsed and trimmed
  • 1 1/2 to 2 pounds cooked peeled, deveined shrimp (21 to 30 per lb.), rinsed
  • 6 to 8 hard-cooked eggs (optional)
  • 1 1/2 to 2 cups Classic Aioli
  • or
  • 1 1/2 to 2 cups Green Aioli

Nutrition Information

  • calories 604
  • caloriesfromfat 66 %
  • protein 26 g
  • fat 44 g
  • satfat 6.3 g
  • carbohydrate 28 g
  • fiber 6.7 g
  • sodium 664 mg
  • cholesterol 206 mg

How to Make It

  1. Scrub potatoes and put in a 5- to 6-quart pan. Add 2 quarts water. Cover pan and bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat and simmer until potatoes are tender when pierced, 10 to 15 minutes. With a slotted spoon, lift potatoes out and let cool.

  2. Meanwhile, rinse asparagus and peas. Snap off tough stem ends of asparagus. Remove strings from peas. Return water used for potatoes to a boil again over high heat. Add asparagus and cook just until barely tender when pierced, 3 to 5 minutes. Lift out with tongs and immerse in a bowl filled with ice water. When cool, drain. Add peas to the same boiling water and cook just until bright green, about 2 minutes. Drain and immerse in ice water until cool; drain again.

  3. Add about 3 quarts water and the lemon juice, olive oil, and salt to the pan (no need to wash). Cover and bring to a boil over high heat. Meanwhile, rinse artichokes. Trim about 1 inch off tops and discard. With scissors, trim remaining thorny tips off outer leaves. Trim off stems. Cut in half lengthwise. Immerse artichokes in the boiling water and cover. When water returns to a boil, reduce heat and simmer, covered, until artichokes are tender when pierced in base, about 20 minutes. Drain and let cool.

  4. Arrange potatoes, asparagus, peas, artichokes, radishes, shrimp, and eggs in a basket or on a platter. Serve with aioli.