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Playing Autumn Fritto Misto
Ingredients
  • Oil for frying, such as canola, vegetable or an olive oil/vegetable blend
  • 2 1/2 cups flour, divided
  • Salt and pepper
  • 6 large eggs, divided
  • 1 1/2 cups breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup, a couple of handfuls, grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • 3 pieces (1 1/4 pounds) boneless, skinless chicken breast, tenderloin removed
  • 1 pork tenderloin (about 3/4 pound), trimmed of silver skin
  • 3/4 pound veal medallions/scallops
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 cup seltzer water
  • 1 pound butternut squash, peeled and sliced 1/2-inch thick
  • 3 potatoes, peeled and halved lengthwise then sliced 1/2-inch thick
  • 3/4 pound cremini/portabella, fresh porcini or trumpet mushrooms, cut into chunks
  • 1/4 pound large spinach leaves
  • 20 large sage leaves
  • 1 cup large sprigs flat-leaf parsley
  • Lemon wedges and flaky sea salt, to serve
Preparation

Fill a tabletop fryer or deep Dutch oven with oil. If using a Dutch oven, fill 1 1/2 to 2 inches deep and heat over medium to medium-high heat. For tabletop fryers, preheat oil to 365°F.
 
Set up a breading station for meat: In separate shallow dishes, place 1 cup flour seasoned with salt and pepper, 4 eggs beaten and seasoned with salt and pepper, and breadcrumbs mixed with grated cheese.

 
Preheat oven to 250°F. Arrange a metal rack inserted into large baking sheet.
 
Slice the chicken and pork on a bias into thin medallions. Season chicken, pork and veal pieces with salt and pepper. Bread meats in flour, egg then breadcrumbs, and fry in small batches to deep golden on both sides, about 3-4 minutes. Transfer to a baking sheet and keep warm in a low oven.
 
Place remaining 1 1/2 cups flour in a bowl and season with salt, pepper and nutmeg. Whisk in 2 eggs and seltzer to form a batter. Dip and fry butternut squash, potatoes and mushrooms in small batches. Drain on parchment or a paper towel-lined platter and sprinkle with flaky sea salt while hot. Dip and flash-fry the spinach then the herbs; they will cook very quickly.
 
Serve fried meats and vegetables, spinach and herbs on a platter with lemon wedges for dousing.