Thursday, July 5, 2007

Fried artichokes

Gristedes was selling long stem artichokes, so I picked up a couple.

I like preparing artichokes, even though this time around I cut myself on a thorn. You actually have to be careful around these things. Some people complain that it's a big pain to cut them up, and it's messy. I think it's fun to cut them up. And I find the mess interesting. You end up with more volume than you started with!

I've only boiled artichokes in the past. To try something different, I looked up how to fry them in The Silver Spoon, an Italian cookbook Jason gave me a few years ago. This is my slightly modified version.

2 artichokes
1 lemon
1 clove garlic
dried oregano
2 eggs
salt and pepper

Trim and quarter the artichokes. Peel and cut up the stem. Cook in a shallow pan of salted water with the juice of half a lemon for about 5 minutes.

Drain off water and put artichokes in a bowl. Add chopped garlic, dried oregano, and the juice from the rest of the lemon. Add salt and pepper. Cover and let marinade, mixing occasionally, for up to 2 hours. I just let it sit for 30 minutes this time around.

Put flour into a plate. Crack 2 eggs into another plate and whisk with salt and pepper. Coat artichoke pieces in flour first, then in egg. Fry in hot oil (350-400 degrees) until brown and crispy. Drain on paper towels. Salt and pepper immediately.

I like this recipe a lot. Usually when you deep fry something it tastes like anything else you deep fry. But the lemon, garlic, and oregano marinade adds a nice recognizable flavor, especially in the pieces of stem--which Mabel called artichoke tater-tots. Those seasonings enhance the flavor of the artichoke very well.

I'm still not quite sure what to do with the leaves. Sometimes they're edible, sometimes they're too fibrous and I have to spit them out. I'll try trimming further in the future.


Ron McDonald said...

yes they do seem to explode into a pile of waste don't they. I just toss it into my worm bin and the Red Wigglers eat it up for me, converting it to precious worm castings for my garden.

Nice Blog... Thanks!

David said...

Ron: That's great that you can use them for something. I just have to take the trash out earlier.