Celery on Steroids? We shall see! This Cardoon was picked up at the Alemany Market from the Molinari Farm vendors. The lady selling this vegetable was kind enough to tell me how to prepare them. I wonder how many times a day she has to tell this story.
Trim your Cardoon. Cut away the base, tops and any blemished areas. Peel off the leaves. Be careful, because there ares some little thorns. Cut into 2 inch lengths or whatever recipe you are going to make.
Start a big pot of water to boil. You should add salt and 1 lemon quarterd.(seeds and all). When the water start to boil, put in Cardoon pieces. Let them simmer 10-20 minute or so. Cool and make bread crumbs.
I take left over bread and toast lightly in the toaster oven. Pulse in a food processor to crumbs.
Dredge cool Cardoon pieces in salt & peppered flour, egg wash and bread crumb mixture.
Fry in 350 degree oil of choice until Golden.
These taste treats where the Bomb! It had a little artichoke hint in the flavor. I think these are the perfect appetizers. I am hooked. They were great, but I need a Meat fix. Stay Tuned!