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Baked Artichokes with Lemon Butter

Baked Artichokes with Lemon Butter Recipe

This recipe is our favorite healthy 5pm snack on days when dinner is running a little late. Just a few years ago I lived in California, US capital of artichokes, and never knew what people do with them. One day I walked into my grocery store, saw mountains of artichokes on sale, and people buying them like crazy – I just had to find out how to eat them and why. So I stood in a corner of that store and searched for artichoke recipes online. It took me no time to find the most simple and best way to prepare them. I bought 4 huge artichokes that day and our love affair began.

Artichokes Recipe

Artichokes are full of fiber and loaded with nutrients – magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, sodium, and iron. They also contain quite a few vitamins – C, thiamine, niacin, riboflavin, B6, A, E, K, and foliate. Artichokes are great for your liver and help protect your cells from cancer. Fiber is good for digestive system. Eating artichokes reduces cholesterol and high blood pressure. Artichokes are also good for bones and keep you full longer, which is what all diets seek to achieve. Should I go on or should I get to the recipe STAT?

It literally takes minutes to get the artichokes ready for the oven. They do bake for at least an hour, so be prepared for that. All the needed ingredients can be found at home, so no special grocery shopping is required. Here we go:

Ingredients:

  • 4 large organic artichokes
  • 1 organic lemon
  • 2 tablespoons of organic olive oil
  • Himalayan salt
  • 4 cloves of organic garlic
  • Organic unsalted butter for dipping

Start by preheating your oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Take your artichokes and trim about two layers of bottom leaves.

Cut Artichokes

Cut the spiky top of artichokes and cut the stem down all the way to where the leaves start growing.

Baked Artichokes

Your artichokes should stand and have a flat top when prepared like this.

Prepared Artichokes

Once all artichokes are done with trimming, wash them in the sink, drain water from between the leaves and leave them in the sink.

Artichokes Diet Recipe

Cut your lemon in half and squeeze its juice over all your artichokes.

Baked Artichokes Diet Recipe

Pour a few drops of olive into each one of them. Sprinkle salt over them and stick a clove of garlic in each. Some people stick 2-3 cloves into each artichoke - it’s up to you and your love of garlic.

Stick a clove of garlic in each artichoke

Wrap each artichoke tight with heavy duty foil. If you don’t have heavy duty foil, use two layers of regular foil. Trust me - you will need two layers because artichokes tend to explode while cooking for some reason and can splash all over your oven if you aren’t careful. Line your baking sheet with foil as well, mainly for protection from artichoke explosions.

Wrap each artichoke

Small artichokes will bake for an hour, but bigger ones take at least 1 hour 10 minutes. While they cook your entire house will smell wonderful, I promise.

Bake Artichokes

After taking them out of the oven, let them sit unwrapped for a few minutes before serving. During this cooling off time put a few pieces of butter in a small bowl and melt them in a microwave.

Butter for Baked Artichokes

Squeeze some lemon juice there, stir the lemon butter, and you are ready to serve. Some people like mayo for dipping; others put salt and baked garlic in butter. This is up to you.

Lemon Butter

The edible parts of artichokes are the soft parts of the leaves and the meaty heart inside. Make sure you don’t eat little hair that covers the heart as you can choke on them.

Baked Artichokes Recipe

Welcome to artichoke addict club!