This is the easiest, and some think the most perfect way, to serve an artichoke.
Allow at least one half artichoke per person. Prepare artichokes for cooking – remove leaf tips if desired, half or quarter and remove choke. Immediately place in a pot of boiling salted water with a generous squeeze of lemon - fresh rosemary or other herbs can also be added. Boil until tender, about 25 minutes.
Drain artichokes and immediately place on individual plates. Place one pat of sweet butter into each quarter or half, sprinkle with sea salt and pepper and serve (fresh lemon zest and herbs is also quite nice). The center can also be filled with stuffing, aioli, herb butter, olive oil, balsamico, or salad dressing.