Lemon-Garlic Roasted Baby Artichokes

The rich aroma of these devilishly good roasted baby artichokes will have you drooling long before you bite into one. Lemon wedges add a background brightness that perfectly complements the subtle nuttiness of the artichokes, while the buttery sweetness of roasted garlic rounds out the flavors. The trick to keeping the artichokes moist is to place them in lemon water while you prepare them, then drizzle with vegetable broth before roasting. Serve as an appetizer or as a side dish alongside one of your favorite Mediterranean mains. These party-worthy spring delicacies are sure to go fast!

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  • 1 lemon half
  • 8 fresh baby artichokes (about 13 oz. total)
  • 4 lemon wedges
  • 8 cloves garlic, peeled, trimmed, and halved lengthwise
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons low-sodium vegetable broth or water
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Chopped fresh chives


  • Preheat oven to 400°F. Fill a large bowl with cold water and squeeze in juice from lemon half. Add lemon half to water. To prepare artichokes, peel off three or four layers of the dark green outer leaves, stopping when the leaves turn a light yellow-green. Trim off the ends of the stems, then use a vegetable peeler to peel away any leaves or tough skin on the remaining stems. Cut ½ inch off the top of the artichokes. Slice artichokes in half lengthwise. Transfer halved artichokes to the lemon water as you work.
  • Drain artichokes and arrange in a single layer in a shallow 1½-quart baking dish. Add the lemon wedges and garlic to dish. Sprinkle with vegetable broth. Cover dish with a lid or foil. Roast 30 minutes or until artichokes are tender.
  • Season with pepper. Sprinkle with chives, and serve with roasted lemon wedges. Smear artichoke halves with roasted garlic as you eat them.

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Ellen Boeke has more than 25 years of experience as a recipe developer and food editor. She holds Bachelor's of Science degrees in consumer food science and journalism from Iowa State University and attended Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, France. Find her on LinkedIn.
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