Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Panko Crusted Fried Artichoke Heart Appetizer Recipe

If you love artichokes, then you are in for a treat..
 we love these dipped in pizza sauce but they are great plain too!

1 can drained artichoke hearts
1/4 cup Romano grating cheese
1 teaspoon garlic powder
2 cups or more of Panko Italian flavored breadcrumbs
salt, pepper to taste,
optional: pinch of cayenne pepper
2 egg whites beaten
2 ziplock bags
Canola oil for frying

Beat egg whites in a pie plate set aside. Place 2 cups of bread crumbs, cheese, garlic powder and seasonings in a ziplock bag.  In another ziplock bag,  add 1/2 cup flour. Shake the artichokes into flour bag first.  Dip artichokes into egg whites then shake into the panko bread crumb mixture ziplock bag next. Heat at least 2 inches of oil in a large fry pan. When hot deep fry artichokes until golden brown. These taste best while hot sprinkled with more Romano cheese.

Note: I have also baked these on a parchment lined cookie sheet on 400 degree hot oven drizzled with olive oil for a healthier version.
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