Recipe courtesy of Mario Batali
Print
Total:
1 hr 40 min
Prep:
10 min
Inactive:
45 min
Cook:
45 min
Yield:
6 to 8 servings
Level:
Intermediate

Ingredients

  • 4 to 6 stalks cardoons, rinsed and dried
  • 1/2 lemon
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup fresh large bread crumbs ("Big Guy")
  • Extra-virgin olive oil, for frying

Directions

Using apeeler, peel the cardoons starting from the bottom of the stalk, removing the tufts and the hard external ribs. You should only be using the internal ribs, which need to be rinsed and patted dry. Remove the filaments, squeeze the lemon into a bowl of water and lay in the cardoons.Cut the cardoons into pieces as long as your thumb from the tip of the nail to your hand.

Bring 4 quarts water to rolling boil and add 2 tablespoons salt. Add the cardoons and boil until tender, about 35 minutes. Remove the cardoon pieces form the water and allow to air dry.

Meanwhile, Fill a deep pot no more than halfway with extra-virgin olive oil. Heat oil over medium-high heat until it reaches a temperature of 360 to 375 degrees F. The oil should remain at or around this temperature throughout the cooking process.

Once the cardoons are dry, dredge them in the flour, through the beaten egg, and, finally, through the bread crumbs. Working in batches, fry the cardoons in the oil until golden brown. Use a slotted spoon or spider to gently drop the cardoons into the oil, being careful not to splatter the hot oil. Using the same spoon or spider, remove the finished cardoons to a serving plate. Serve immediately.

Trending Videos 7 Videos

Get the Recipe

Gabriele's Limoncello 01:28

Gabriele shares his family recipe for a delicious summertime libation.

Similar Topics:

IDEAS YOU'LL LOVE

Fried Polenta

Recipe courtesy of Giada De Laurentiis

Shrimp Fried Rice

Recipe courtesy of Justine Simmons

Fried Chicken

Recipe courtesy of Chuck Hughes

Fried Calamari

Recipe courtesy of Chuck Hughes

Pan-Fried Branzino

Recipe courtesy of Patti LaBelle

Refried Beans

Recipe courtesy of Ellie Krieger

Yangzhou Fried Rice

Recipe courtesy of Ching-He Huang

Fried Bocconcini

Recipe courtesy of Kelsey Nixon

Egg Fried Rice

Recipe courtesy of Ching-He Huang

Trending Videos

Brunch Bonanza

So Much Pretty Food Here