Lombard-style Fried Pumpkin is a delicious and easy to prepare dish. It is a starter or a side dish, typical of the Lombard culinary tradition, made by frying the slices of breaded pumpkin in a pan after a first cooking with the milk.
Use quality butter paying attention to the temperature being frying and add enough butter to obtain a crunchy breading.
Here are all the steps to prepare the fried pumpkin recipe.
If you like Italian Pumpkin recipes, take a look also at Pumpkin and Ricotta Ravioli!
Remove the peel of the pumpkin, remove the seeds and the filaments of the central part. Cut the pulp into slices or stick about 1 cm thick.
In a saucepan, add the pumpkin and enough milk to cover it completely. Close with the lid and bring to a boil. Cook over medium heat for 3 - 4 minutes without turning: the pumpkin must be soft but not to be discarded. Drain the pumpkin with a slotted spoon and let it cool in a serving dish.
Place the flour and breadcrumbs in two separate plates. In a bowl, beat the eggs with a pinch of salt and freshly ground pepper. Flour the pumpkin slices evenly, roll the slices in the beaten egg and finally in the breadcrumbs.
Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a non-stick pan and fry a few slices of pumpkin at a time. They must be crunchy and golden. Add more butter if necessary. Once cooked place the pumpkin on a sheet of straw paper to absorb the excess butter. Serve hot.
One thing you must always keep in mind is to pay attention to the first cooking, in fact you have to leave the pumpkin slightly al dente, since leaving it too cooked you run the risk which disintegrates upon breading.