Crispy Artichokes & Blackberry Pesto

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These Crispy Artichokes and Blackberry Pesto make the perfect holiday appetizer!

Crispy Artichokes & Blackberry Pesto


  • Ocean Mist Farms artichoke hearts
  • ½ cup pure cornstarch
  • ½ T kosher salt
  • ½ tsp red chili flake
  • 20 turns fresh cracked pepper
  • 2 cups canola oil
  • ½ cup blackberries, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup toasted pecans, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp maple syrup


  1. Finely chop blackberries and pecans.
  2. In a small mixing bowl, mix together the chopped blackberries, pecans, balsamic vinegar, and maple syrup. Set aside.
  3. Mix together the cornstarch, salt, chili flake, and pepper. Set aside.
  4. Cut artichokes in half.
  5. Heat 2 cups of canola oil over high in a small sauce pot. Toss the artichoke halves in the cornstarch mixture until well coated. Once oil is hot, fry the artichokes for 1 minute** **If the oil is too hot, the artichokes will brown in less than 30 seconds, if the oil is too cold, they won’t be golden brown by 1 minute. Test one artichoke before frying them all to ensure the oil is hot enough. Artichokes should be crispy and golden brown.
  6. After frying, let artichokes drain off excess oil by laying them onto a paper towel.
  7. Scoop a little bit of the berry mixture onto each artichoke. Serve immediately.

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