Artichokes Braised in an Electric 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
Set an electric pressure cooker to "brown" according to the manufacturer's instructions and 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, 6 to 10 minutes.
Return all the artichokes, cut sides up, to the cooker and add the garlic, thyme and the remaining lemon quarters. Cover, set the pressure to "high" and cook for 9 minutes. Release the pressure according to the manufacturer's instructions. Transfer the artichokes to a serving bowl or platter. Squeeze the juice from the cooked lemon quarters over the artichokes.