24 baby artichokes, trimmed
2 quarts vegetable oil for frying
Salt and Red Pepper flakes
Grated parmesan (optional)
Pour the oil in to a heavy pot and place over high heat. When the oil reaches 250 degrees, lower the heat.
Fry the artichokes in batches for 3-4 minutes until they soften, remove one and cool briefly, then see if the leaves will separate easily.
Drain the artichokes and cool. Gently spread the leaves from each artichoke to form a flower.
Raise the heat and bring the oil to 350°.
Fry the artichoke flowers in batches 2-3 minutes until golden and crisp. Drain and sprinkle with salt, chili flakes and parmesan if desired.
Serve the artichokes accompanied by lemon wedges.
Recipe Property of Peter Berley