vegetable fritto misto (di verdura)

4 servings
6 cups Olive oil for frying
½ cup Flour, unbleached
½ cup Superfine semolina flour
2 teaspoons Baking powder
1 teaspoon Salt
1 cup Cold water
3 tablespoons Virgin olive oil
½ pounds Cauliflower, in florets,
  Sliced 1/8-inch thick
½ pounds Broccoli, in florets, sliced inch thick
6 mediums Crimini mushrooms, halved
1 medium Zucchini, cut into 1/4-inch
  Thick rounds
Baby artichokes, outer
  Leaves trimmed, quartered
  And soaking in
  Acidulated water
Lemons, cut into 1/8-inch
  Thick rounds plus 2 lemons
  In wedges
12  Zucchini flowers
  Kosher salt to sprinkle

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Place large platter covered with towel in oven.

Heat oil to 370 F in a 6-inch tall frying pan with basket. Make batter by stirring together flour, semolina, baking powder and salt.

Slowly add cold water, stirring until smooth batter is formed. Add oil and stir through.

To cook, dip vegetables in order of ingredients in as little batter as possible and fry until each is golden brown and crisp. Drain after frying on paper towels. When drained, arrange on platter. Move quickly -- each vegetable should take 3 to 4 minutes at most. When finished with zucchini blossoms, sprinkle whole platter with kosher salt and serve immediately with lemon wedges.

Yield: 4 servings


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