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Cardoons were $1.39/lb. Anyone have recipes?

MaspethMaven Nov 30, 2006 09:17 PM

Got some beautiful carduna at the market today, want to do something besides fry them for bagna cauda. Any suggestions greatly appreciated.

  1. Melanie Wong Dec 1, 2006 12:26 AM

    No recipe, but I loved the cardoon gratin a friend served at a dinner party. Think it had some amaretti crumbs sprinkled on top.

    1. pikawicca Dec 1, 2006 12:53 AM

      String them, blanch them. Make a bechamel, then add lots of Grueyre or Fontina. Stir in the cardoons. Bake until crusty. Yum! You are so lucky to get this veggie! I've only scored this twice here in the U.S. I don't understand why no one grows this tasty plant.

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        Atahualpa Dec 1, 2006 01:42 AM

        Because it is usually very, very bitter and bitterness is a foreign taste for most Americans?

        1. re: Atahualpa
          Karl S Dec 1, 2006 10:54 AM

          American cardoons tend to be more bitter than European, according to vegetable references I have read.

        2. re: pikawicca
          coll Dec 1, 2006 10:53 AM

          We get them here all the time (especially around Christmas) in downstate New York. My husband's uncle also used to pick them on the side of the parkway on his way home and fry them up; then again they used to fry tiger lily blossoms and call them sqaush flowers, so who knows what they were!

          1. re: coll
            Chas Dec 4, 2006 12:44 PM

            This can't be the same guy!!!My grandmother had a "suitor" after my grandfather passed away. Though he never was sucessful getting past the friends stage with her. He would also stop and pick Cardoon at roadside. She made them the way she'd make fried eggplant. (Coat in flour, dip in beaten egg and romano cheese batter, then fried in olive oil.) I thought he was a "cult of one" though cause who else would pick Cardoon at the side of the road? And now its nice to know he wasn't the only one.

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              coll Dec 4, 2006 04:44 PM

              Ditto!

        3. shindiganna Dec 1, 2006 12:59 AM

          Yay cardoons! Where did you find them?

          -Slice them and simmer in chicken soup.
          -Bread them, saute and make a simple sandwich
          -Frittata
          -Make a torta (basically an Italian quiche)

          enjoy!

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          1. re: shindiganna
            MaspethMaven Dec 5, 2006 06:57 PM

            Pioneer supermarket in NYC, but as other posters note, around Christmas they are fairly common in downstate NY-- especially in Italian and mixed European neighborhoods.

          2. HaagenDazs Dec 1, 2006 02:39 PM

            Batali "stuffed" them with chicken livers, covered them in tomato sauce and baked them.

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            1. re: HaagenDazs
              Tal Dec 1, 2006 05:49 PM

              The babbo website has some good cardoon recipes.

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              butterfly Dec 2, 2006 12:12 AM

              Cardoons (cardo) is a typical dish at Christmastime here in Spain (kind of the Spanish equivalent of that ubiquitous green bean casserole in the US). I've seen lots of different variations with almonds or pine nuts, clams, etc. Here's one recipe that I have:

              Clean the cardos well, then cut into pieces. Put cut pieces in water with a bit of lemon. Cook them in salted water (a "suave" boil) until they are tender. Save a bit of the water (that would be cardo liquor, I guess).

              In a frying pan, put a little olive oil (in Spain this means a good glug-glug) and fry two garlic cloves (sliced). Add a tablespoon (or more) of flour. Just before it browns, put several glug-glugs of milk (you're making a bechamel, so you can adjust the quantities of the oil, flour and milk according to how many cardoons you have). Cook for a few minutes while it thickens. Thin it a bit with the cardo water (if desired). Add salt to taste. Add pine nuts or toasted slivered/ground marcona almonds and the cardoons. Cook together for five minutes (on the stove or in a preheated oven).

              Cardoons are supposed to be very good for your liver.

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                FILDEAN Oct 11, 2013 05:37 PM

                ANYBODY KNOWS WHERE I CAN BUY CARDOONS IN MIAMI?

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                1. re: FILDEAN
                  coll Oct 12, 2013 01:39 AM

                  For that information, you have to post on the Miami board, not Home Cooking. Good luck!

                2. pitu Oct 12, 2013 03:03 AM

                  Search "Batali cardi" and you'll get all sorts of recipes. There's lamb stew (I've only made it w the alt to cardoons, artichokes. yum.)
                  This version has parsley and thyme, but in the books it's a bunch of fresh basil.
                  http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ma...

                  (Edited to add, just noticed this was an old thread that was bumped...)

                  1. mudcat Oct 12, 2013 10:24 AM

                    Us children would cut young thistle on the Mississippi River levee in St. Benard Parish in the early spring before the thistle flowered. Our folks would use it raw in salads, batter and fry it, and use it in stews and soups. Never remember it being bitter.

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