Air Fryer Artichoke Hearts
Ah, the air fryer.
The tool to combat the ever-lasting desire to eat fried foods while knowing your metabolism ain't what it used to be.
So basically everyone above 30 has one of these contraptions on their counter and uses accordingly. In my house, that's like 5 days per week.....don't judge- I love me some fried treats and my kids are currently surviving on nuggets and mozz sticks.
But it is a pretty neat machine regardless of why it's there or how often you use (overuse). My husband though, is actually a bit skeptical about how it does what it does. He basically shakes his head every time I open that deep drawer and retreive what looks to be something from his 3am diner days.
That being said, he still enjoys all the contents and is more than happy to try my newest air fryer item.
Which for this week was artichokes hearts. I used a recipe I slightly adapted due to my lack of ingredients and the results were killer. Now I must say I am an artichoke lover here, so that's kind of important if you are going to try. All the brininess and chewy texture maintains itself with this recipe. The coating is simple yet sturdy enough to encase the delicate hearts in a perfect crisp coating that, with a hit of salt and lemon, is delicious. It's a light appetizer, an afternoon snack or a great topper for a mediterranean salad.
So I hope you give it a try. Well first I hope you have yourself an air fryer. If you don't, I bet there's a ton on one of those used-but-never-used for sale sites. Because I think many a families found themselves unwrapping an air fryer this past holiday season. Pretty sure, they were 90% off every flippin' day leading up to Christmas.
Now why they would be selling their gift? This I'm not so sure about. I'd think we'd all like to eat like we did at 23.
But then again although that does sound fabulous, I'll take my 37 year old self, my air fryer and much more quiet Friday nights instead.
Air Fryer Artichoke Hearts
Servings: 4- 6 servings
slightly adapted from: Life's Ambrosia
1/4 C milk
1/2 C panko breadcrumbs ( I didn't have and used 1/2 C water crackers crushed)
1/2 C Italian seasoned breadcrumbs ( I didn't have so I used 1/2 C seasoned croutons crushed)
1/2 tsp granulated garlic or garlic powder
1 14.5 oz can quartet artichoke hearts, drained
Olive oil spray or nonstick spray, I recommend the olive oil though
Whisk together the egg and milk in a shallow bowl.
In another shallow bowl, combine the Panko breadcrumbs, Italian seasoned breadcrumbs and garlic.
Dip each artichoke heart into milk mixture, rotate to coat entirely, drip excess. Next, dredge in the coating mixture and press while doing so to ensure a good "crust".
Place the coated artichoke hearts into the air fryer basket and spray with oil olive spray (or nonstick stick if that's what you have).
Cook at 375 for 5 minutes, open air fryer and flip artichokes over and spray other side, cook for another 4-5 minutes.
Remove to platter, salt and squeeze lemon atop!