Roasted Artichokes with Horseradish Aioli

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I ran across this recipe idea while searching for something a little different to serve as an appetizer, feeling a need to branch out from the typical nuts, salsa, veggie trays, and other snacks normally served before a meal when entertaining. 

I already love artichokes and had discovered Trader Joe's frozen artichokes while working on an Italian themed meal that included Artichoke Gratinada.  I was very skeptical about this "frozen" idea, the first word that came to mind was "soggy".  But here was the surprise - while making the Artichoke Gratinada, I placed the frozen artichokes in a colander on the counter with a shallow bowl positioned underneath to contain all the drips.  Artichokes defrosted, colander removed, and below was . . .  a dry drip pan. The artichokes were still firm, and even after cooking, they stayed solid and kept their taste amazingly well.  Sold - Trader Joe's frozen artichokes from now on.

This appetizer recipe adds the zest of a horseradish flavor to dip the artichokes in, yep, this was going on the menu! The recipe is adapted from Health Starts In The Kitchen (wonderful recipe ideas there!). 
You will need -

1 bag frozen artichokes
3 Tbsp olive oil
Salt & pepper to taste
Juice from one lemon, about 2 Tbsp

1/2 cup Whole30 mayonnaise, (Homemade is perfect, but if not enough time for that, I suggest
                Chosen Foods Whole30 mayonnaise)
1/4 cup prepared horseradish
Salt & Pepper

Toss the artichokes, olive oil, salt and pepper together in a large bowl to coat the artichokes, and yes, you can just leave them frozen! Place in a roasting pan and roast at 425 degrees for about 45 minutes or until they are brown and crispy, stirring every 10 minutes or so.

Here's the magic - the Horseradish Aioli!  This is from Health Starts In The Kitchen, and is fantastic!  I can picture this dip accompanying several future recipe creations!!  Just mix together the mayonnaise, horseradish, and salt and pepper to taste - how easy is that? 

Oh, and this doesn't just have to be served as an appetizer while entertaining :-)  It is a perfect side dish for any meal!  Enjoy!