I used to do an art show in Stockton, California called The Asparagus Festival. They served asparagus up in hundreds of ways but my favorite was the Deep Fried Asparagus. I used to love doing that show because of that delicious treat!
So, here's a recipe I found that closely follows what they did at The Asparagus Festival in Stockton. Enjoy!
Text Recipe for Deep Fried Asparagus:
3 Pounds of Raw Asparagus, Cleaned and Cut into 5" pieces.
1/2 Cup Cornstarch
3/4 Cup Flour
1/4 Tsp. Black Pepper
1/2 Ts. White Pepper
1 Tsp Salt
2/3 Cup Cold Flat Beer
1 Tsp. Baking Powder
1/2 Tsp. Baking Soda
1/2 Tsp. Celery Salt
2 Egg Whites
Toasted Sesame Seeds
Whisk all the ingredients, except the asparagus, in a bowl. Dip the asparagus individually in the batter and deep fry in at least 2 inches of peanut oil until golden brown. Sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds and/or Parmesan cheese.
COOKING TIP: Keep the batter bowl in a larger bowl filled with ice - this helps the batter butterfly out like tempura!
These would be great served with one of my favorite recipes from my martini blog, The Martini Diva, go check out the blog and check out all the recipes in the blog archive!
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