What better way to welcome the fresh feeling of spring than with artichokes? This month, we’re partnering with Ashley Rodriguez of Not Without Salt to share tips, insights, and recipes featuring artichokes.
Odds are good that, if you keep a moderately stocked kitchen, you will have everything you need to prepare these tasty, straight-from-the-pantry artichoke fritters. All it takes is a simple batter seasoned with dried oregano, some lemon zest and a light beer (grab a light lager or pilsner, whichever you have on hand) to make the perfect dredge for this sweet and tender fried treat.
Riffing off of the famous fried Roman version of this dish, this Carciofi Friti recipe demonstrates how you can transform a jar of artichoke hearts into a wonderfully crisp and elegant appetizer or snack. As for the dip? The bright zip of lemon in this recipe is a classic pair with the sweetness of the artichoke heart.
Live.Love.Lux. Tip: With the precise heat controls of the Electrolux Gas Range, maintain the perfect frying heat for deliciously crispy results.
Keep in mind: When frying these up, use an oil that has a high smoke point — so that the oil doesn’t scorch and give your friti a burnt taste. A canola, vegetable or rice bran oil will work best. These fritters are best served right after you fry them, but the batter and the roasted lemon dip can be easily prepared several hours in advance.