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Artichoke, Fennel, and Lemon Fritto Misto

Fritto misto, which means "fried mix," is a classic Italian antipasto.

  • Servings: 10

Source: Martha Stewart Living, March 2003

Ingredients

  • 2 medium artichokes
  • 1 large fennel bulb, trimmed, cored, and thinly sliced
  • 2 lemons, preferably Meyer, washed and very thinly sliced into rounds
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 5 cups peanut or canola oil

Directions

  1. To separate artichoke bottoms, slice off upper two-thirds of each bulb, and discard. Snap off tough outer leaves; scoop out bristly choke with a spoon. Using a vegetable peeler or paring knife, remove green skin from around white center. Thinly slice bottoms.

  2. In a medium bowl, stir together the artichoke bottoms, fennel, lemons, and buttermilk to coat evenly. Place flour in a separate bowl, and season with salt and pepper; whisk to combine.

  3. Pour the oil into a heavy, deep-sided skillet or deep fryer; place over medium-high heat until it registers 370 degrees on a deep-fry thermometer. Drain vegetables and lemons, discarding liquid.

  4. Working with one piece at a time, dredge vegetables and lemon in flour, and carefully place in the hot oil. Cook 6 to 7 pieces at a time until golden brown, about 3 minutes.

  5. Using kitchen tongs or a slotted spoon, transfer vegetables and lemons to drain on a paper-towel-lined plate. As soon as each batch is done, sprinkle with salt, and serve immediately.

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