Carrabba's Italian Grill was founded by Johnny Carrabba and Damian Mandola in Houston, Texas in 1986. The restaurant features hand-prepared family recipes made from the finest ingredients and prepared to order in an exhibition kitchen. The success of Carrabba's led to the popular PBS cooking show Cucina!, starring Carrabba and Mandola, as well as a series of companion cookbooks. There are currently 240 Carrabba's Italian Grill locations around the country.

Offering Italian-inspired cuisine passed down from our founders’ family recipes, Carrabba’s uses only the best ingredients to prepare fresh and handmade dishes cooked to order in a lively exhibition kitchen. Featuring a wood-burning grill inspired by the many tastes of Italy, customers can enjoy signature dishes, including Chicken Bryan, Spiedino di Mare and a fresh twist on an Italian Classic, Wood-grilled Chicken Marsala. Carrabba’s was voted #1 Italian in the 2014 Consumer Picks Survey by Nation’s Restaurant News.

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Apple Fritters


APPLE FRITTERS
Carrabba's Restaurant Recipe

Makes about 20

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
2 eggs, separated
3/4 cup cold water
1 tablespoon apple brandy
4 medium apples
1 lemon
extra virgin olive oil for deep frying
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon cinnamon


In a bowl, mix together the flour and salt. Make a well in the center of the flour add a tablespoon of olive oil and the egg yolks.  Start adding water in mixing. When all the water has been added, the battery should be like a thick pancake batter. If needed, add some more water. Add the Brandy. Set aside to rest for 1 hour.

Peel and core the apples, then slice them into 1/4 inch thick circles. Place the slices in a bowl and squeeze the juice from a lemon over them and toss to coat. Mix the 1/2 cup sugar and the cinnamon together.

When the batter is rested for an hour, heat the oil in a saucepan to 375 degrees. Beat the egg whites until stiff and fold them into the batter. Dip the apple slices in the batter and fry in preheated hot oil until golden brown on both sides, about 2 to 3 minutes. Drain on paper towels and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.

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