California Pizza Kitchen, known within the food industry as CPK, is a casual dining restaurant chain that specializes in California-style pizza. The restaurant was started in 1985 by attorneys Rick Rosenfield and Larry Flax in Beverly Hills, California. The chain is widely known for its innovative and non traditional pizzas, such as the "Original BBQ Chicken Pizza", BLT, Thai Chicken, and Jamaican Jerk Chicken pizzas. They also serve various kinds of pasta, salads, soups, sandwiches and desserts. They have an extensive children's menu for children ages 10 and under which includes a variety of different pizzas, pastas, salad, and chicken.


The chain has over 230 locations in 32 US states and eleven other countries, including 26 California Pizza Kitchen ASAP kiosks designed to serve passengers at airports and shopping malls. The company licensed its name to Kraft Foods to distribute a line of premium frozen pizzas, in 2000.; Nestlé purchased Kraft's pizza lines in 2010.

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Crispy Artichoke Hearts





According to the California Pizza Kitchen website these appetizers are artichoke hearts fried with Japanese panko bread crumbs, then sprinkled with Parmesan cheese and it is served with a remoulade sauce.  I've been seeing a lot of recipes calling for panko bread crumbs, so I went looking for them the other day at my local Walmart and found them on the shelf so I'm assuming they are a standard item throughout the country.  The recipe below makes 4 servings.



Ingredients for Artichokes

1 pkg frozen artichoke hearts
1/3 cup panko bread crumbs
oil for frying
1 egg
1/3 cup dry bread crumbs
 
 
1/2 tsp dried oregano
 
 
1/4 tsp black pepper
 

Directions

Heat about 1 inch of oil in a sauce pan over medium high heat.
  1. In a bowl beat the egg and set aside.
  2. In another bowl combine both bread crumbs, oregano, salt and pepper.
  3. Pat the artichoke hearts dry.
  4. Dip them in egg and then bread crumb mixture.
  5. Fry artichokes in batches until golden brown and crispy (about 3 minutes)
  6. Strain on paper towels to remove excess oil.

Ingredients for Sauce

1 cup french dressing
1 Tbsp grated onion
 
1 cup spicy mustard
1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
 
2 Tbsp paprika
1/2 tsp celery salt
 
1 Tbsp horseradish
juice of one lemon
 

Directions

  1. Combine all the ingredients.
  2. Blend throroughly.
  3. Chill until ready to serve.

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