Beer Battered Asparagus

SERVINGS: 6-8
DIFFICULTY: Easy
TIME: 1 hr
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SERVINGS

Easy

DIFFICULTY

30 min

TIME

Ingredients

  • For lemon dipping sauce
    • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
    • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
    • 1/2 teaspoon finely grated fresh lemon zest
    • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • For asparagus
    • 1 cup all-purpose flour
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1 tablespoon finely grated fresh lemon zest
    • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
    • 1 cup lager such as Harp (pour beer slowly into measuring cup; do not measure foam)
    • About 4 cups vegetable oil
    • 1 lb medium Ayco Asparagus, trimmed and cut into 3-inch pieces

Preparation

  • Make dipping sauce:
    1. Stir together mayonnaise, lemon juice, zest, and pepper in a small bowl. Chill, covered, until ready to use.
  • Make batter and fry asparagus:
    1. Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 200°F.
    2. Whisk together flour, salt, zest, and pepper in a bowl until combined, then add beer, whisking until smooth.
    3. Heat 3 inches oil in a 3- to 4-quart heavy saucepan over moderately high heat until it registers 375°F on thermometer. If you dont have a thermometer just place a few drops of batter into the oil first to test temperature.
    4. Submerge asparagus spears in batter to coat. Working in batches of 10, drag 1 at a time gently against rim to remove excess batter, then transfer to oil and fry, stirring gently to keep asparagus from sticking together, until golden, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer as fried with a slotted spoon to a paper-towel-lined baking sheet and keep warm in oven. Return oil to 375°F between batches. Serve with lemon dipping sauce.

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How to Select and Store Asparagus

  1. Knowing the purpose of your asparagus is important before purchase. Thinner asparagus is typically sweeter and more tender, whereas thicker can be more meaty and have  a more potent asparagus flavor. Depending on the dish, you may want a specific size.
  2. Look at the tips and ensure that they aren’t wilted and separating. The tips should be tightly closed and have a dark green color and even some purple.
  3. Look at the bottom on the stalk to ensure they are all similar size and don’t appear cracked or “woody”.
  4. For storage of asparagus you can increase the life of your product using a container and some water. Just trim about an inch off of the bottom of the stalks, then place into a container standing up with about an inch of water at the bottom. Cover the top with a lid or plastic to protect from air.