Batter Fried Artichokes
Jerusalem artichokes, peel and slice -- 1/2 inch thick
vegetable oil for deep frying
1 3/4 cups flour + 1/4c. for dredging
2 teaspoons baking powder
3 tablespoons peanut oil
1 cup warm beer
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 egg whites
2 tablespoons chopped parsley for garnish
1 cup tomato sauce, for dipping
In a large pot of boiling salted water blanch Jerusalem artichoke slices, drain
and transfer to a bowl of ice water to cool. In a deep-fryer heat oil to 360ºF.
Mix 1 3/4 cups flour, baking powder, peanut oil, beer, and salt together until
smooth. In another bowl beat egg whites with a pinch of salt to stiff peaks.
Gently fold whites into batter. Drain artichokes, pat dry and dredge them
lightly in remaining flour. Drop them into batter, allow excess batter to drip
off and deep-fry until golden brown, 1 to 2 minutes. Drain and season with salt
and pepper. Serve immediately, garnished with parsley sprigs, with tomato sauce
for dipping. Yield: 3 to 4 servings .