Artichoke Hearts a La Francese

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Total Time
45mins
Prep
25 mins
Cook
20 mins

"For me, anything prepared Francese style - that is, made with lemon, wine, butter and capers - is a rich and wonderful treat. You can serve these delicious artichoke hearts as a side dish or over toasted slices of Italian bread, crostini, for a terrific appetizer. Be sure to spoon the luscious juices over the artichoke hearts as you serve them." - Chef Claire Criscuolo at her restaurant Claire's Corner Copia.

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Ingredients

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Directions

  1. Cut the artichoke hearts into quarters.
  2. Measure the flour into a shallow bowl and season it with salt and pepper.
  3. In a deep bowl, beat the eggs lightly with a fork and season with salt and pepper.
  4. Set a plate by the bowl of flour.
  5. Dredge the artichoke hearts in the seasoned flour, shake off the excess, then arrange them on the plate.
  6. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  7. Working quickly, dip a few artichoke hearts at a time into the beaten eggs, then arrange them, single layer, in the heated oil.
  8. Continue with the remaining artichoke hearts.
  9. Cook for 2-3 minutes, or until golden brown.
  10. Using tongs, turn each artichoke heart and cook the other side for 2-3 minutes or until golden brown.
  11. Pour the Limoncello and wine evenly over the artichoke hearts, then scatter the capers on top.
  12. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  13. Cover and cook for 1 minute, carefully rotating the skillet to move the liquid.
  14. Add the pieces of butter, scattering evenly over the top of the artichoke hearts.
  15. Carefully move the skillet in a circular motion as the butter melts.
  16. Cover and cook for 1-2 minutes, or until the sauce thickens slightly.
  17. Taste for seasonings.
  18. Place the artichoke hearts in a serving bowl and pour the sauce over, using a rubber spatula to scrape the juices from the skillet.
  19. Scatter the parsley on top.
  20. Serve immediately.