Fried Artichoke Hearts with Taratur Sauce

 

Introduction

Here is the total time it takes to successfully make a Fried Artichoke Hearts with Taratur Sauce:

Number of Servings: 4

 

Ingredients

FOR THE TARATUR SAUCE:

6 cloves garlic, peeled

2 tsp. salt

½ cup tahini (Middle Eastern sesame seed paste)

½ cup fresh lemon juice

3 tsp. chopped fresh parsley

 

FOR THE ARTICHOKES:

4 cups olive oil

8 hearts of steamed medium artichokes, halved if large

½ cup flour

Salt

 

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Place garlic and salt in a mortar and grind to a paste with pestle. (Garlic can also be very finely chopped.) Transfer garlic paste to a bowl and add tahini. While stirring, drizzle in lemon juice. Thin to the consistency of a thick dip with up to 3 tbsp. water. Stir in 2 tsp. of the parsley.

2. Heat oil to 375° in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Dredge artichokes in flour, and shake off excess. When oil is hot (a toothpick dropped in oil will quickly turn dark brown when oil is ready), fry artichokes, a few at a time, turning occasionally, until golden, about 2 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon, drain on paper towels, and sprinkle with salt. Serve with taratur, garnished with remaining 1 tsp. parsley.

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