A guilty pleasure: Crispy fried spinach and artichoke wonton recipe to feed a crowd
Crispy Spinach and Artichoke Wontons
Anyone who is familiar with this blog knows that I rarely fry foods. But I originally tried to make these delicious spinach and artichoke wontons in the oven and they just lacked that sense of gluttony. I mean, why eat wontons if not for the sense of having a treat? For me, this particular treat needs to have a crispy texture. So, yes, I fried them! I used my favorite cast iron dutch oven and I fried these babies. And they were so damn good. And my guests loved them. I served them with this amazing artichoke aioli and the pair worked really well together. I really do not advocate for fried food, but just this once you have to try it.
Spinach and Artichoke Appetizers
Spinach and artichoke has long been paired together and for good reason. Think spinach and artichoke dip for example. These two vegetables go together much like a pair of old well-loved shoes. At almost any event you attend where appetizers are served you will find at least one dish that contains both of these vegetables.
All About Artichokes
We are all very well aware of the health benefits of spinach. However, a lot of people either are unaware of or underestimate the benefits of artichokes. Artichokes are a great source of dietary fiber, vitamin C, iron, folate and potassium. They are also one of the highest ranked vegetables in terms of their antioxidant value. Antioxidants help our bodies fight off free radicals. Artichokes contain a substance known as cynarin, which is one of the most powerful natural remedies for high cholesterol. They also contain silymarin, which help to protect the liver. They help improve gut flora and give a boost to the immune system. All of this nutrition comes with relatively few calories. With one medium artichoke containing only 60 calories, what is not to love?
How to ruin a good thing
Keeping it real; if you have read this post, you now know some of the amazing benefits of eating artichokes. But if you are adding cream cheese and mayonnaise to the mix you are negating many of these very same benefits. For this reason, I recommend saving this recipe for special occasions only. Entertaining is a great way to enjoy these wontons as you share them with other. But do not make these if you are home alone because once you start eating them, it is really hard to stop.
Quote of the Dish: Seriously, if someone don’t like this appetizer, you gotta grab they scruffy ass by the back of their neck and throw them out on the lawn. I can’t help people like that. Coolio