If you want a quick way to prepare delicious Artichokes, here is a microwave method that my friend Pam shared with us up at quilt retreat. On my way home from retreat I stopped at the grocery. Wonderful huge Artichokes were 99 cents each! I could hardly wait to get home and try this recipe.
Trim your artichoke leaf tips and the top as you would for regular Artichoke preparation.
Place a couple of tablespoons of water and the artichoke stem side down in bowl that will comfortably hold the artichoke.
Sprinkle salt, pepper, garlic powder on onion powder to your taste all over the artichoke letting the seasonings drop down into the leaves and top while it's sitting in the bowl.
In another small bowl or cup add 1/4 of a cup of Olive Oil and the juice of one Lemon and beat it up week with a fork. Drizzle this olive oil/lemon mixture over the artichoke letting it soak down into the artichoke leaves.
Cut a good size piece of clear food wrap to cover the artichoke and pull the wrap down the sides of the bowl securely. Poke on small hole in the top of the wrap so steam can escape.
Place the artichoke in the microwave and cook for 8 minutes.
This may be eaten warm or chill for later. The leaves should be dipped in the bottom of the bowl juices as you eat!