Fritelle Con Broccoli Rabe (Broccoli Rabe Fritters)
1 package of Verdurabrand Sauteed Broccoli Rabe
5 lbs of All-Purpose Flour
Salt to taste
3 packages of self rising Yeast
9 cups of warm water
Vegetable Oil for Frying
Broccoli Rabe Preparation: Heat Verdurabrand Sauteed Broccoli Rabe per directions. Drain excess liquid and let cool.
Dough Preparation: In a large bowl or pot, add packets of yeast. Pour in 9 cups of warm water. Stir until dissolved. In another large bowl, add flour and salt. Combine yeast and flour mixture until it forms a sticky consistency. Let mix sit covered with a dish towel for 45-60 minutes until it rises.
Frying: In a wide pot, fill half way with vegetable oil –about 2 quarts. Let heat to 350 degrees Fahrenheit or spot test a a small piece of the dough. If it turns golden, the oil is ready. Take a small bit of broccoli rabe and place it in the middle of a large spoonsized pieces of dough; until rabe is hidden with in dough. (You may want to keep some extra flour handy to help manipulate the dough). Then drop into oil and allow to golden brown on all sides. Remove and place on a paper toweled platter to absorb excess oil. Repeat until all the rabe is used.
***If you have remaining dough, you may add cut apples in the same manner. You may also make plain ones in the shape of small imperfect doughnuts. These additions can be eaten savory or with powdered sugar.