Monday, March 21, 2011

peak season

better homes and gardens

with the peak of artichoke season just upon us it makes me eager to enjoy these delicious treats!! i just learned of a new way to prepare them, and although i haven't tried it yet i thought i would share. instead of boiling or steaming try baking or roasting them in the oven. it is appears quite easy using the "pop it in the oven and forget it" method of cooking that i truly love.


2 large artichokes rinsed and trimmed (remove the entire stem)

1 whole lemon (cut in half)

4 cloves of garlic, slivered

4 tablespoons of olive oil

sea salt to taste

4 sheets of heavy duty foil wrap

preheat oven to 425°F. squeeze 1/2 a lemon on the top of each trimmed artichoke. drizzle each artichoke with 2 tablespoons of olive oil (allowing oil to go in between artichoke leaves). stuff two cloves of slivered garlic between leaves of each artichoke. sprinkle each artichoke with salt and any other herbs such as finely chopped rosemary or sage.

double-wrap each artichoke with 2 layers of heavy duty foil, sealing well on top by twisting and pinching foil packets. place foil packets of artichokes in oven and bake for 1 hour and 20 minutes (for jumbo to large-sized artichokes) or 1 hours (for medium-sized artichokes).

remove artichokes from oven. when cool enough to handle, unwrap artichokes and enjoy.

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