Sunday, December 4, 2011

carciofi alla giudia {jewish artichokes}

much like finding
crawdads in louisianna
brisket in texas
and
barbeque in  memphis
you can find 
specialties in each italian region
rome is no exception
but
it also has something really special
the 
jewish ghetto
it is very small

virtually abandoned come dusk on fridays
it has
a cuisine of its own
the most famous item
possibly
the fried artichoke
carciofi alla giudia
(printable recipe)
serves 4-6
4-6 chokeless or baby artichokes
lemons
olive oil for frying
salt and pepper
italian parsley (for garnish)

fill a large bowl with cool water. squeeze the juice of 1 lemon into the water and stir. trim each artichoke, removing all tough outer leaves and trimming the stem (do not remove entirely).  toss the trimmed artichoke into the lemon water to prevent discoloration.
*if you cannot find chokeless or baby artichokes, you can use any artichoke, however, you must trim it to the tender leaves, cut off the prickly tops and remove the choke prior to placing in the water.
heat at least 3-inches of oil on the stovetop to 325 degrees.
meanwhile, remove the artichokes from the water and place on paper towel to dry.  place each artichoke stem side up on the counter and gently push to flatten, being careful not to break the leaves.  place in small batches in the hot oil and cook until soft, but not browned.  remove from oil and place on paper towel or kitchen paper to drain and cool.  allow to sit at least 30 minutes, and up to 3 hours.  just before serving, heat the oil to 375 degrees and fry the artichokes, careful not to crowd the pan, until they are browned and very crispy. depending on the size of the artichokes this can take as little as 5 minutes and as long as 10 minutes.
remove from pan, drain slightly. sprinkle with salt and pepper. serve with a garnish of chopped parsley and a lemon wedge.



3 comments:

  1. These sound fantastic...and I love the look of them!

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  2. These sound really tasty along with a nice glass of wine, mmmm!

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  3. wow i have never heard of this! My mums best friend is greek and they LOVE artichoke ive had them raw and cooked my fav is steamed them dippin the tender bits into olive oil n lemon juice yum yum :) only down side.....if u eat enough of them they turn ur teeth black haha which ends in lots of teeth brushin lol

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