Servings: four to six.
These artichokes are a versatile side dish for grilled, roasted, or braised chicken, lamb, or beef—or even duck breasts or veal chops.
Prepare the artichoke hearts using my simple method.
Once the hearts have been prepared, cut each half into two wedges and toss them with 1 Tbs. olive oil in a large bowl. Combine the vinegar with 1/4 cup water in a small dish. Set aside.
Heat the remaining 3 Tbs. olive oil and garlic in a 10-inch straight-sided sauté pan over medium-high heat and cook, stirring, until the garlic just starts to turn golden, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove the garlic with a slotted spoon and discard. Add the artichokes to the pan (they may splatter at first) and arrange them with one cut side down. Cook until nicely browned, 3 to 5 minutes. Turn and cook the other cut side until nicely browned, about 3 minutes more. Turn the artichokes on their curved side. Scatter the lemon zest on the artichokes and season with the salt and pepper.
Reduce the heat to low, add the vinegar and water, cover, and simmer until the liquid has reduced to about 1 Tbs. and the artichokes are tender when pierced with a skewer, about 5 minutes. (If the artichokes are still a bit undercooked after the liquid has reduced, turn off the heat and let them sit, covered, for a few more minutes until they reach the desired doneness.)
Remove the pan from the heat, scatter the thyme on the artichokes and stir well. Season to taste with more salt and pepper. Serve immediately, or let rest, uncovered, and serve slightly warm.
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I love these, but use baby artichokes - very tender and a whole lot less trouble!!
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