Clean the artichokes and chop into slices.
Fill a bowl with cold water and squeeze in the juice of half a lemon.
Soak the artichoke slices in water and lemon until you are ready to use them, so they do not turn brown.
Crush a clove of garlic without removing the skin.
Put a pan over high heat with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.
Put a frying pan on a high flame with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil Add fresh basil, if desired.
Cook for a few minutes over high heat until golden and crispy.
Season with salt and pepper only at the end so the artichokes stay crispy.
Serve hot as an accompaniment to meat or fish.