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Artichokes with Fried Calamari Flavored with Aromatic Herbs

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Artichokes with Fried Calamari Flavored with Aromatic Herbs

Ingredients for 6 people

1 POUND Fresh Calamari Cleaned Sliced
1/4 CUP Milk
1/2 CLOVE Garlic Chopped
1 TABLESPOON Fresh Basil Chopped
1 TABLESPOON Fresh Marjoram
4 Medium Artichokes
6 CUPS Frying Oil
1/4 CUP Flour
1 TABLESPOON Fresh Italian Parsley Chopped

1. MARINATE calamari with the milk, chopped garlic, basil and marjoram for 1 hour

2. Drain calamari in a colander with large holes, being sure no extra liquid is present

3. CLEAN artichokes of the tough outer, loose leaves

4. Cut tops with a large knife to the choke (heart of artichoke)

5. Trim bottoms until 1-½ inches thick

6. HEAT oil in a deep fryer or 4 quart saucepan until oil reaches 250°F

7. Deep fry artichokes in hot oil (holding them down with a long fork) for 12-15 minutes or until tender

8. Do not crisp

9. Remove and place bottom up on paper towels to drain

10. When cool to touch, using your fingers, gently open the artichoke leaves

11. RAISE the temperature of the oil to 325°F

12. Refry the artichokes until crispy and medium brown in color, approximately 1 minute

13. Remove and let drain on paper towel to cool

14. COAT calamari with flour and deep fry in the same hot oil, handful by handful

15. Remove with a slotted spoon and place on paper towels to drain

16. SERVE calamari and artichokes on the same platter

17. Sprinkle with sea salt and fresh parsley