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  • Fried Cardoon
    Recipe contributed by Joe Barracato
    Ingredients
    • 2 quarts water with 2 tablespoons white vinegar
    • 4 large cardoon ribs (1 pound), ends and leaves trimmed
    • Vegetable oil, for frying
    • 2 large egg yolks beaten with 1 tablespoon water and 1 large egg beaten
    • 2-3 lemons , sliced into wedges
    • 1 cup homemade dry bread crumbs
    • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
    • Salt and pepper
    Preparation
    In a bowl, combine the water and vinegar. Using a vegetable peeler, remove the tough outer strings of the cardoon ribs. Cut the ribs into 2-inch lengths, adding them to the vinegar water as you work. Drain the cardoon ribs, transfer them to a large saucepan of lightly salted water and boil until very tender, about 30 minutes. Drain and pat dry; let cool. In a shallow bowl, combine the egg yolks and egg. In another bowl, toss the crumbs with the Parmesan cheese, 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 1/8 teaspoon of pepper. Dip the cardoon in the eggs, then dredge in the crumbs, pressing to help them adhere. Shake off any excess and set the cardoon on a wax paper-lined tray. In a medium skillet heat 1/2 inch of vegetable oil over moderately high heat (or use a deep fryer.) When the oil is very hot, add the cardoon, 5 or 6 pieces at a time, and fry until golden and crisp, about 1 1/2 minutes per side. Transfer the cardoon to a wire rack set over a baking sheet. Sprinkle lightly with salt and serve hot or at room temperature with lemon wedge. Makes 4 servings.

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