Here’s a tasty recipe from the Castroville Artichoke Festival, an annual May event. Fried artichokes are a favorite treat sold at local shops and stands in Castroville.
1 cup fish batter mix
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup beer
2 lbs. baby artichokes, prepared and quartered
1 cup Italian bread crumbs
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
All-vegetable shortening (not oil)
Heat shortening, about 1 inch deep, to 350°F.
In a mixing bowl, combine the batter mix, baking powder, water and beer.
Dip artichokes in batter mix, then roll in bread crumbs mixed with Parmesan cheese.
Fry artichokes in small batches 2 or 3 minutes or until light golden brown. Keep artichokes warm oven (200°F) until all artichokes are cooked.
Serve as is or with dipping sauce of your choice.