Marinated Baby Artichokes
Roasted with olives, rosemary, and lemon juice and zest, baby artichokes can be served straight from the oven or bathed in a jar of olive oil, where the flavors will deepen over the course of hours or days.
- Yield: Makes 1 quart
Photography: EARL CARTER
Source: Martha Stewart Living, August 2006
- 2 lemons
- 10 baby artichokes, or 6 small artichokes
- 6 garlic cloves, skins split but left intact
- 1/2 cup Kalamata olives, halved and pitted
- 4 sprigs fresh rosemary
- 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for filling jar
- Sea salt flakes, and freshly ground pepper
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Prepare an ice-water bath; add juice of 1 lemon. Trim stems of artichokes, leaving 1 inch intact. Remove tough outer leaves, and trim sharp tips of remaining leaves with scissors. Halve baby artichokes lengthwise, or quarter small artichokes; scoop out fuzzy chokes, and discard. Add prepared artichokes to lemon water as you work.
Arrange artichokes in a nonreactive 12-by-16-inch baking dish. Using a vegetable peeler, peel 4 strips of zest from remaining lemon, and add to baking dish. Add garlic, olives, and 2 rosemary sprigs. Squeeze juice from zested lemon over artichokes. Drizzle with oil, and season with salt and pepper. Toss to combine. Cover dish with parchment paper, then foil. Bake 30 minutes. Uncover; stir, and cook until tender and browned in places, about 10 minutes. Serve the artichokes as is, or continue to step 3.
Let artichokes cool completely. Transfer contents of baking dish to a sterilized, dry 1-quart jar; add remaining 2 rosemary sprigs. Add enough oil to cover artichokes. Place a round of waxed paper on surface. Let stand at room temperature 1 hour before serving.