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Cardoon Gratin

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Today we'll be cooking with Sonia a tasty vegetarian dish: the cardoon gratin! The cardoons are not used very often, but they lend themselves to many recipes, thanks to their delicate taste... you'll be pleasantly surprised!
Ingredients
  Cardoons 1 Kilogram
  Parmesan cheese 40 Gram, grated
  Lemon 1 Medium
  Breadcrumbs 2 Tablespoon
  Butter 30 Gram
  Coarse salt 1 Tablespoon
For the b chamel sauce
  Whole milk 250 Milliliter
  Butter 25 Gram
  Flour 20 Gram
  Nutmeg To Taste, grated
  Salt and pepper To Taste
Directions

GETTING READY
1. Begin with rubbing your hands with lemon and then start cleaning the cardoons. The reason is the cardoon tends to make your hands turn black, especially the fingers.
2. Cut the base and then remove and separate all the stalks and trim any small leaves, remove the strings with the help of a small knife.
3. Then cut the cardoon into pieces and soak in acidulated water, which is with lemon juice, to keep from turning brown.

MAKING
4. Wash the cardoon under cold running water and put in a pot with salted water to boil for 25 to 30 minutes, the cardoon should be cooked yet still crunchy.
5. Once the cardoons are cooked, drain and let them cool a bit.
6. Prepare the béchamel sauce: In saucepan melt butter add the flour and stir until it turns brown, then add the milk, salt, pepper and the nutmeg. When the sauce thickens remove from heat and keep it aside.
7. Grease the baking pan with butter and coat with breadcrumbs. Arrange the cardoons one next to the other to form the first layer, sprinkle the Parmesan cheese and spread a bit of béchamel sauce, continue until all the cardoons are over.
8. Top it with butter and bake at 390°F (180°C) for about 30-40 minutes or until golden brown on the surface.

SERVING
9. Serve the cardoons au gratin hot.

TIPS
Cleaning the cardoons is more or less like peeling celery.

You can cook the cardoons, in a pressure cooker you'll need about 15 minutes, while with a normal pot it will take 25 to 30 minutes,

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Bit Difficult
Cuisine: 
Italian
Course: 
Side Dish
Method: 
Baked, Gratin
Ingredient: 
Vegetable
Restriction: 
Low Cholesterol, Low Sugar
Preparation Time: 
60 Minutes
Cook Time: 
90 Minutes
Ready In: 
150 Minutes
Servings: 
6

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