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Fried Cardone

Fried Cardone

The holidays are a great time of year to spend special moments with loved ones and eat good food of course! For us, food has always been a huge part of our holiday season. On Christmas day, our Grandmothers kitchen is filled with family, laughter and lots of hands in the kitchen. A traditional dish for us and many Italians on Christmas is Fried Cardone . Once Cardone is cooked, frying is the easy part. This is a special appetizer or addition to your holiday spread! Mangia!

Here is why we love fried Cardone:

  • Seasonal: Cardone is available during the holiday season
  • Taste like an Artichoke heart but BETTER
  • Conversation starter: Either people are interested in what Cardone is or it takes them back to a special memory of when they used to eat it (Reminds us of our Nonnie)
  • Fried is amazing! (obviously)
All you need is cooked Cardone, eggs, flour, bread crumbs and olive oil!


Fried Cardone



  • Cardone (1 bunch, prepped and cooked)
  • Flour (app. 2-3 cups) 
  • Eggs (3-4)
  • Bread crumbs (app. 2-3 cups)
  • Light olive oil/ light oil for frying
  • Lemons (garnish) 

Garlic Aioli Sauce 

  • 1/4 cup Mayo
  • 1 clove garlic 
  • 1 tbs lemon juice
  • Salt & Pepper 


  1. Place flour, eggs and bread crumbs each in three separate bowls
  2. One at a time, dip Cardone in flour, then eggs and finish with bread crumbs
  3. Place is hot oil and cook until golden brown
  4. Mix Aioli ingredients in bowl & serve with Cardone + Lemon wedges 
  5. Mangia