Artichokes are one of my family’s favorite vegetable side dishes – especially when I roast an artichoke!
My kids will gobble up an entire artichoke and still beg for more – never fail!
The reason they love artichokes so much is because I roast them. When you roast an artichoke, as opposed to steaming an artichoke, the roasting brings out a nutty flavor and caramelizes the artichoke so it’s salty and sweet at the same time.
For years I had no clue how to prepare an artichoke… I kinda fumbled through it. That all changed when I read an article that showed me this amazing roasting technique and was able to create these kinda amazing artichokes!
If you follow these step-by-step instructions about how to roast an artichoke, you’ll never go back to cooking or even eating artichokes any other way!
The first step is to remove the top third of the artichoke – you will want to use a sharp knife to do this. This technique really opens up the artichoke and gets rid of the sharp leafy edges.
Next, you’ll want to place the artichoke in a piece of heavy duty foil. Before sealing the foil tightly, add a drizzle of avocado oil (or other vegetable oil) and seasonings. I personally enjoy a sprinkle of Wildtree’s Rancher Steak Rub (which you can purchase from my friend Andrea here). Seal the artichoke tightly in foil. It will steam and cook in the foil.
Place the wrapped artichokes on a baking sheet in your 400 degree oven for about an hour. If your artichokes are on the large side, you may want to add a few more minutes and if they are small, check them out at 45 minutes. Beware of steam when you open them! To test for doneness, pull out a leaf. If it comes out easily, it’s ready. If it’s tough, wrap it back up and give it another 10-15 minutes.
Remove artichoke from the foil and enjoy. Look at these delicious roasted artichokes!!
Most people serve artichokes along with a side of butter or some sort of aioli; however, when when you roast an artichoke with an oil drizzle and other seasonings, they are already full of flavor without the need for butter – or the added mess and calories.