Once you've washed your artichokes, chop off the tips like so.
The tips of the leaves are very pointed, so clip them off with a pair of scissors.
Slice each artichoke in half vertically. You'll see a purple section and a soft, sponge-like pith underneath. Scoop these portions out with a spoon. Watch out when you're handling the purple section, since its very thorny.
Soak your artichokes in a lemon water solution (juice from half a lemon + enough water to cover the artichokes) so they don't change change while you're prepping them.
Boil water in a large pot, and squeeze in the leftover half of the lemon. Place in the prepared artichokes and boil for just under 20 minutes or so.
Once boiled, drain in a sieve. Start preheating the oven to 220℃ / 425°F.
Lay a sheet of aluminium foil and position the artichokes on top. Pour on the ☆ seasoning mixture. Make sure you get some in between the leaves as well.
Once you've roasted them for 20-25 minutes, you're done! Peel them leaf by leaf, and enjoy their texture with your teeth. You can eat them all the way to the center.
Story Behind this Recipe
Every time I saw these at our local Costco, I always had the impulse to give them a try. I challenged myself to cooking with them, and they were so delicious! You won't be able to stop eating these.
You can also boil the squeezed lemon along with the artichokes during Step 5.