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Fried Artichokes

  • servings: 4

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Ingredients

  • Juice of 2 lemons, plus 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 8 medium artichokes
  • 3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for frying
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 8 ounces radicchio leaves, (preferably Treviso)
  • Ice water

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Fill a large bowl with cold water. Add juice of 2 lemons; set aside. Remove outer leaves from artichokes. Holding onto the stem of each artichoke, smash each artichoke on work surface until remaining leaves of artichokes open, resembling a flower in bloom. Transfer artichokes to bowl of acidulated water.

  2. Step 2

    Pour 1 1/2 inches olive oil into a large saucepan, and heat over medium heat to 320 degrees. Dry artichokes well. Add to saucepan, and cook until artichoke bottoms are fork-tender, about 4 minutes.

  3. Step 3

    Remove from saucepan, and drain on a paper towel-lined baking sheet. Set aside to cool for about 5 minutes. Season with salt, and return to saucepan. Dip fingertips in ice water, and flick about 1 teaspoon of water into saucepan. Continue to cook until crisp and golden, about 4 minutes.

  4. Step 4

    Meanwhile, make vinaigrette: In a small bowl, whisk together 3/4 cup olive oil, remaining 1/4 cup lemon juice, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Place radicchio in a medium bowl, and drizzle 1/4 cup vinaigrette over radicchio; toss to combine. Transfer to a platter.

  5. Step 5

    Remove fried artichokes to a paper towel-lined baking sheet to drain. Halve artichokes lengthwise, and place on radicchio. Drizzle with vinaigrette, reserving any extra for another use. Serve immediately.

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