the artichoke is one of my favorite foods, and this is my favorite way to prepare it.
what you'll need:
2 cloves of garlic, peeled
preheat the oven to 425°.
cut the stem off the artichoke. cut 1 inch of the top off. trim all the leaves. rub all cut edges with a cut lemon so that they don't discolor.
tear off 2 large squares of foil. rub a few drops of olive oil on the center of the foil, and place artichoke on the foil stem-side down.
push a clove of garlic into the center of the artichoke.
sprinkle about 1/4 teaspoon of salt and drizzle about 1 tablespoon of olive oil over the top.
squeeze half of a lemon over the top. the lemon juice washes the salt and olive oil down into the leaves of the artichoke.
wrap the artichoke up.
place both foil-wrapped artichokes in an oven-safe dish. bake at 425° for 1 hour and 30 minutes.
let them rest in the foil for 20 minutes, and serve. they can be eaten hot, warm, or chilled.
i like to dip it in balsamic vinegar. delicious!