Artichokes Braised in a Stovetop Pressure Cooker
- 2 lemons, quartered
- 6 large artichokes
- 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
- 4 to 6 peeled garlic cloves, crushed
- 4 fresh thyme sprigs
In a stovetop pressure cooker over medium-high heat, warm the olive oil until nearly smoking. Season the artichokes with salt and pepper and carefully place them, cut sides down, in the cooker, making sure they lie flat and working in batches if needed. Cook until they are evenly browned underneath, 3 to 5 minutes.
Return all the artichokes, cut sides up, to the cooker and add the garlic, thyme and the remaining lemon quarters. Cover and cook for 12 minutes, shaking the cooker occasionally. Release the pressure according to the manufacturers instructions. Transfer the artichokes to a serving bowl or platter. Squeeze the juice from the cooked lemon quarters over the artichokes.