Fried Artichoke Hearts

“Fried artichokes are a delightful pairing with the 2022 Wine Club Reserve because of their crispy exterior and soft interior. The richness of the artichoke and texture of the fried coating complement the wine’s structured tannins. When fried, artichokes develop caramelized savory flavors that harmonize with the bold fruit flavors of the wine.”

Robynn Chapman, Wine Club and Hospitality Coordinator

Makes: 24-28

2 15oz cans artichoke hearts, drained, patted dry, cut in half and gently flattened
2 cups vegetable oil
Kosher salt, to taste
1 lemon
3 large eggs
Fresh parsley, finely chopped
1 cup flour
3 Tbsp parmesan, grated
1 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp dried thyme
½ tsp black pepper
½ tsp garlic powder

Method of Preparation:

Drain artichokes and pat dry, then cut in half and flatten gently.

In a small bowl, whisk together the eggs. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, parmesan, kosher salt, oregano, thyme, pepper and garlic powder.

Fill a Dutch oven or heavy pan with vegetable oil, at least 1” high and heat to 360-370°.

Working in batches, dip artichokes into the egg wash, then into the flour mixture, shaking off any excess. Carefully place the artichokes into the oil and fry for about 3 minutes per side or until golden brown all over.

Remove artichokes from the oil and place them on a wire rack to drain. While still hot, sprinkle with kosher salt and parmesan.

Garnish with parsley and serve with lemon wedges or your favorite aioli!