Originally Posted by Half Baked
I have always just boiled mine (in water) with lemon juice, salt and garlic. I'd love some new suggestions.
I've done them in the microwave with good success. It's been some time since I've done it that way, but I think this is correct:
Trim the stem off, cut off about 1/2 to 1 inch of the top, and trim the ends of the sharp leaves with a pair of scissors if you want them to be easier to eat.
Rinse them, drizzle a little olive oil over them, add a squeeze of lemon, a little salt and pepper, and maybe some garlic powder or slivered garlic stuck between the leaves.
Wrap each artichoke tightly in Saran wrap. Place them on a plate, with the bottoms pointed toward the edge of the plate.
Microwave on high -- I think I used to do two large artichokes for 13 minutes (not positive). Turn them over half way through.
They're done when a sharp cooking fork easily pierces the bottom. Don't nuke them too long as they'll continue to cook after you take them out.
Unwrap and serve with butter or mayo or ranch dressing or thousand island dressing or blue cheese dressing or whatever else you like.
BTW, I think artichokes are best either luke warm or cold. I just put them in the refrigerator still wrapped in the Saran and leave them until they're needed.