Cauliflower, Parmesan and anchovy fritters

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'Cauliflower fritters are a Palermo street food classic from the friggitore – hot and salty from the fryer and finished with a squeeze of lemon juice. Delicious.

My version incorporates some umami into the batter with the addition of Parmesan and chopped anchovies, two flavours that work very well with cauliflower. Perfect served with a glass of dry Marsala for an aperitivo.'

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1

Cook the cauliflower florets and leaves in boiling salted water for 5 minutes or until tender. Drain well, refresh under cold water and then drain again

2

To make the batter, mix the flours together in a bowl with the Parmesan, anchovies, lemon zest and cayenne pepper. Make a well in the centre and add the egg. Mix with a wooden spoon, gradually adding the fizzy water and drawing the flour into the centre, until you have a smooth, thick batter. Season well. Add the cauliflower florets and leaves and stir to coat

3

Heat the oil in a deep-fat fryer or deep pan to 180°C (a cube of bread dropped in will brown in about 30 seconds). Drop heaped tablespoons of the battered cauliflower into the hot oil and fry for 2 minutes or until crisp and golden brown. Lift out with a spider or slotted spoon to a plate lined with kitchen paper to drain while you continue frying

  • 2l groundnut oil, for deep-frying
4

Sprinkle sea salt liberally over the fried cauliflower and serve with home-made alioli

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