For a fun summertime snack, we partnered with Reese Specialty Foods to create what my husband lovingly refers to as “swamp blossoms.” I promise that they are delicious! They are friend hearts of palm with artichoke hearts, and they will be a fun staple at your next party!
Here in Florida, we colloquially know the crunchy center of the cabbage palmetto tree as swamp cabbage. They were a staple food for native Floridians dating all the way back to the Calusa’s and can still be found in traditional stews and salads. You might know them as hearts of palm. But because their harvest is so labor intensive, they were considered a delicacy.
Although the texture is different, the taste of hearts of palms is similar to artichokes so it makes sense to use these together in your favorite recipe and because this is the south, we like to fry everything. Here’s a quick and easy recipe to combine artichokes with hearts of palm to create a novel appetizer, we dubbed “swamp blossoms” in homage to their Florida roots.
To get started, you simply use skewers to combine the hearts of palm as a “stem” and the artichoke heart as the “blossom.” When combined with the aioli dipping sauce, this dish provides a delightful combination of sweet and salty that can be eaten with your hands.
Here is another view of how to skewer your ingredients before frying.
The aioli mixture comes together quickly with egg, mustard, garlic, juice from lemon, Worcestershire, and spices in a blender.
- 1 can Reese Artichoke Hearts (Whole)
- 1 can Reese Hearts of Palm
- 1 cup seasoned bread crumbs
- 1 doz. small bamboo skewers
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 3 tbsp. dijon mustard
- 1 egg
- 1 lemon
- 1 oz. cilantro
- 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
- 2 clove garlic
- 1 tsp. red pepper flakes
- 1 tsp. cayenne pepper
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Drain and dry artichokes and palm hearts on paper towel. Lightly salt.
- Preheat deep fryer or pan with vegetable oil to 350 degrees.
- Create skewers with hearts of palms as the “stem” and artichoke as the “flower.”
- Roll skewers in fine bread crumbs.
- Deep fry for 5-7 minutes until artichokes turn golden brown.
- Prepare aioli dipping sauce: Pour egg, mustard, garlic, juice from lemon, Worcestershire, spices in blender. Gradually drizzle in olive oil with blender on high.
- Squeeze in lemon. Whip until mixture thickens.
- Garnish dip with cayenne pepper and chopped cilantro.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 398Total Fat: 31gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 25gCholesterol: 47mgSodium: 854mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 4gSugar: 3gProtein: 7g
The nutritional information here is an estimate. While I try to provide accurate information via Nutritionix, this information is provided as a courtesy and there is no guarantee that it will be completely accurate. I am not a certified nutritionist and any information sunnysweetdays.com should only be used as a general guideline.
Reese makes it easy with a variety of styles and sizes that are ready for your favorite recipes, including resealable packaging. The palm core is naturally low in cholesterol, rich in fibers, potassium, iron, zinc, phosphorus, copper, vitamins B2, B6, and C.
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