Root veggies are great for a batch cook and worth firing up the oven and I'm getting converted to an artichoke fan. Especially if it comes with a side of aioli.
Look for root veggies that are firm to the touch and on the smaller side. Feel free to choose different veggies. Rutabagas, turnips, fennel, radishes - they all work.
If you find baby root veggies you won't need to peel them, just give them a good scrub with a veggie brush, and them trim off the tops and the root stem.
I said to cut the veggies into 1/2 inch thickness, but if they're small enough you can halve or quarter them. The main thing we're after is similar thickness so that everything cooks at the same pace. If you put a small piece of garlic on the tray, it's going to be burned to a crisp before the other items are done.
Once your veggies are peeled and trimmed, toss them with olive oil and a little salt and spread them out on a rimmed baking sheet and put them in a 400 degree oven.
Start checking on them around the 25-30 minute mark, but odds are good that it will take 40-45 minutes for them to get perfectly done. You want them to give a little when you press on them with your finger.
Artichokes don't have to be intimidating. I have to admit, their allure was lost on me for a while. I liked the marinated ones, but never understood the attraction of the fresh ones. I'm slowly becoming a convert.
In the video where I roasted the veggies, I roasted the artichokes and I realized too late that roasting them had made them pretty tough.
I later shot the video where I steamed them and I liked the results a lot better. You could also steam them for 15-20 minutes and then roast them, or finish them on a grill.
I haven't cooked them in an InstantPot yet, but have been told that it's a perfect way to cook them.
Select artichokes with tight leaves and absent any dark spots. Give them a good wash and get a steamer set up ready to go - i.e. get the water boiling, while we trim the artichokes.
We're just going to cut the top off of the artichoke, cut the bottom 1/2" off of the stem and them peel the skin off of the stem with a vegetable peeler. We're also going to snap off the bottom 2 rows of leaves.
We're going to cut the artichokes in half and them put them in a large bowl of water that we've squeezed a lemon's worth of lemon juice in. This is to slow down the oxidation process that causes the artichokes to turn brown.
When the steamer is steaming we're going to add the artichokes to the steamer basket and stem them until the stems can be easily pierced with a fork. Probably 30-45 minutes.
When they're done you're going to cut out the choke with a paring knife and remove the purple leaves.
You can do this step prior to cooking them, but doing so after they're done seems to be the easier way to go.
While the artichokes are steaming we'll make the aioli.
I like using an immersion blender for this because it's super easy. Use the blender cup that comes with the immersion blender and crack an egg into the cup, add 1/2 cup EVOO, 1/2 cup avocado oil, tsp of mustard, pinch of salt, juice of a lemon and the peeled and rough chopped garlic and then blend until it looks like aioli.