Are you afraid of eating artichokes? Do you love them but want to learn how to cook them so that they are soft and delicious? Are you looking for an easy, economical vegetable dish for your next dinner party that will impress your guests with both taste and artistry? If you have answered “yes” to any of these questions, then you may be ready to bake an artichoke heart in the oven.

Artichoke hearts often are unusual choices for side vegetable dishes because they have an unexpected tangy taste. But they also are quite pleasant once your palette becomes familiar with them. The best way to experiment with eating artichokes is to roast them in the oven. Follow this quick, easy guide to get the perfect roasted artichoke. Impress your guests and introduce your family to a healthy way to eat new vegetables. You are only a few steps aways from eating a delicious, buttery, tender green vegetable that will become a regular part of your dinner menu in the future. Follow these quick and easy steps below!

Ingredients Check

There are several basic ingredients you will need to bake artichoke hearts in the oven. Besides three to five medium-sized artichoke hearts, you also will need one lemon, two garlic gloves, kosher salt, olive oil, aluminum foil, a baking sheet, a knife for cutting vegetables, a cutting board, a collander, a dish towel, and a oven.

Get Started

First, wash the artichoke hearts in a collander. Shake them dry and pat them with a dish towel. Place them on the cutting board, and cut off the stem so that the bottom of the artichoke heart lays flat and cut off the top third of the artichoke heart.

Drizzle oil on a sheet of tin foil and move the sheet around to distribute the oil.

Cut a lemon in half and squeeze a little on each artichoke heart. Sprinkle kosher salt on each artichoke heart. Place two garlic cloves in between the leaves of in the middle of each artichoke heart.

Oven Basics

Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. You will be baking your artichoke hearts for about 1 hour and 15 minutes for small artichokes and a little longer for medium-sized ones.

Wrapping the Artichokes

Place an artichoke heart in the center of the tin foil. Wrap the sides and makes sure the foil is secure on all sides. Place each foil-wrapped heart on a baking sheet. Slide the baking sheet into the oven and bake the hearts for a little more than an hour.

Removing the Foil

Take the hearts out an allow them to cool for about five minutes and no longer. You do not want the artichoke hearts to cool completely before you eat them. Unwrap the artichoke hearts and place them on a plate. Then, gently pull off each ring of the artichoke heart by tugging at the leaves. Do not eat the garlic cloves unless you really love garlic! The best part of an artichoke is the heart, some people say, and you will get to that once you have eaten your way down to the bottom of the artichoke!

Conclusion

When your next dinner party or family meal calls for something new and interesting, then it may be time to bake artichoke hearts in the oven. Many people shy away from roasting this unusual, tangy vegetable. But there is no reason that you should! Artichoke hearts are full of great flavor, healthy vitamins, and a taste that will surprise your palette every time.

Watch the sale ads for artichoke hearts. Often artichoke hearts can be expensive when they are not on sale. The good news is that the artichoke hearts will be your main expense when trying to pull off this delicious side dish. It is likely that you already have the rest of the ingredients you need. Check your pantry right now, and then get ready to search the sale ads or your local farmer’s market. Get ready for a delicious and fancy side dish for your next big dinner event.

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