I’m excited to share with you a special recipe that I’ve cooked numerous times, perfecting it with each attempt. Savor the flavors of Arezzo and Tuscany with Fried Celery Rocchini, a delightful fried celery treat that’s perfect alongside chicken or rabbit.
Celery Fritters in Tomato Sauce | Rocchini di Sedano
- Large pot
- Frying pan
- Cutting board
- Mixing bowls
- Paper towels
- 3 large fresh celery stalks
- 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- Flour for coating
- 2 eggs beaten
- 4 cups Sunflower oil for frying
- 1 pot of tomato sauce or leftover meat stew sauce
- Prepare the Celery: Trim and discard the tough white part of the celery stalks. Remove any naturally separating strings. Cut the celery into pieces, keeping the leaves aside.3 large fresh celery stalks
- Boil the Celery: In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook the celery pieces for about 30 minutes. Add the leaves and continue cooking for another 30 minutes.
- Drain and Cool: Drain the celery and leaves. Once cool, squeeze out excess water.
- Chop and Shape: Finely chop the celery on a cutting board. Squeeze out any remaining water and shape into small balls (rocchini).
- Coat and Fry: Heat the sunflower oil in a frying pan. Coat each rocchini in flour, then dip in beaten egg. Fry until golden brown.Flour for coating, 4 cups Sunflower oil for frying, 2 eggs
- Drain Excess Oil: Place the fried rocchini on paper towels to drain.
- Simmer in Sauce: Add the rocchini to the pot with tomato sauce or leftover meat stew sauce. Simmer for 15-20 minutes on medium heat, covered.1 pot of tomato sauce
- Serve Hot: Serve the rocchini hot, sprinkled with Parmesan cheese.1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Delight of Celery Fritters from Arezzo
This unique side dish, popular in Arezzo and the Valdarno area, showcases celery’s robust yet subtle flavor, enriched with minerals and health benefits.
In Arezzo, celery isn’t just a salad ingredient; it’s a centerpiece. From raw veggie platters to sautéed delights, it’s a staple in local kitchens. But wait until you try Celery Fritters! These bite-sized wonders are fried to crispy perfection, creating a flavor explosion that’s both indulgent and soul-satisfying. They’re the perfect partner for chicken or rabbit dishes.
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