It wouldn’t be Italy without artichokes…

Did you know that Italy produces and consumes more artichokes than any other country in the world?

It wouldn’t be Italy without artichokes…

We are in the season of artichokes. If you can find the baby ones, buy some, then fry them. The small ones have an underdeveloped choke, so there’s no need to remove it.

Here’s what you do:

-Remove the tough outer leaves until they start to break off easily. Slice off the tips, and trim the stalks.

-Quarter or halve them, depending on their size. The pieces should be about the size of a thumb.

-Dress them in a flour-egg-breadcrumb order.

-Heat oil (peanut works best, but you can use olive oil) to medium in a skillet. Oil should be deep enough to accommodate artichoke pieces up to about halfway.

-Fry until golden on both sides.

-Salt them, then try not to pop them in your mouth, one by one.

Celebrate the season by eating like an Italian.

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