Full disclosure: I LOVE fried foods. Yes, I try to eat healthy as much as possible, but every once in awhile I need something fried. It’s the ultimate guilty pleasure. I know it’s not good for me, but it’s ok to be naughty every once in awhile, right? Moderation and all that jazz. Ever since munching on the fried artichokes at Golden Road, I’ve been craving them, but thought the Week of Appetizers would be the perfect opportunity to try my hands at a healthier version.
Party food is meant to be a little bit on the indulgent side, but this time of year we are bombarded with so many sweets and rich foods that I figured a baked option could help your waistlines a bit. They are still as crispy and tasty as they would be if they were fried, so you’re really not missing out on anything. I was quite pleased with how they turned out.
Depending on the type of shindig you’re hosting you can toss these into a big bowl or if you want to be fancier, skewer a couple onto a bamboo stick and line them up on a platter. Your friends will think you are super sophisticated with the second approach, but I’m partial to the bowl option myself.
These bite sized breaded goodies go great with marinara, or you could do a tangy vegan mayo based sauce that would probably be equally as tasty. Either way, your guests will love them and I guarantee they won’t last long!
Be sure to check out the rest of the appetizers from this week for other fun party food ideas!
Spinach & Artichoke Wontons
Vegan Cheesy Sausage Kale Bites
Black Eyed Pea Hummus