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Pickled Fried Butternut Squash

Photo: Brown Cannon III
Total time 1 hr
Yield Serves 10 to 12
In Northern Italy, the quick pickling technique called carpione is traditionally used to preserve fish but works with any firm-fleshed seasonal vegetable, says Bronwen Hanna-Korpi, Belcampo's butcher shop and restaurant manager. She also likes to cook zucchini and even pork cutlets this way.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup clear, filtered apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 small butternut squash (about 2 1/2 lbs.)
  • Olive oil for frying
  • 20 to 30 fresh sage leaves
  • 10 to 12 garlic cloves, peeled

Nutrition Information

  • calories 97
  • caloriesfromfat 56 %
  • protein 1 g
  • fat 6.4 g
  • satfat 0.9 g
  • carbohydrate 11 g
  • fiber 1.4 g
  • sodium 257 mg
  • cholesterol 0.0 mg

How to Make It

  1. Put vinegar, salt, sugar, and 3 cups water in a saucepan and heat over medium-low heat until salt and sugar dissolve. Let cool.

  2. Peel squash with a vegetable peeler. Cut in quarters crosswise and scrape out seeds. Cut quarters in half, then into 1/4-in.-wide slices. Cut in half again.

  3. Pour enough oil into a large deep pot to come at least 3/4 in. up sides; heat to 325° on a deep-fry thermometer. Fry squash in batches, turning often, until tender and golden brown, 3 to 5 minutes. Drain on paper towels. Fry sage until crisp, about 45 seconds; drain. Fry garlic until golden, 1 to 2 minutes; drain. Save oil for another use.

  4. Layer squash into a terrine or glass loaf pan (at least 1 1/2-qt. size). Top with garlic and sage and pour in enough cooled brine to cover by 1/2 in. Chill at least 1 hour.

  5. Make ahead: Up to 1 day, chilled.