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Stockton Fried Asparagus

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Fried Asparagus

Fried Asparagus

Kevin D Weeks
Fried asparagus may seem an odd sort of recipe, but it is in fact absolutely irresistable - and as a once-year-treat it's not that unhealthy. At the annual Stockton Asparagus festival thay sell it by the ton: literally. At Stockton they use huge thick spears - reputedly the best tasting - but I find they don't cook through, so I use smaller spears, ideally 1/2" in diameter. (Larger image.) Serves 2.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 lb. asparagus, cleaned; trimmed
  • 1/3 cup cold flat beer
  • 1 egg white
  • 6 Tbsp. flour
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda

Preparation:

1. Heat 1 inch of oil (peanut oil is best, but canola or vegetable oil will work) in a skillet over medium high heat.

2. In the meantime, whisk together all ingredients except asparagus in am 8x8 or 9x9 baking dish until thoroughly mixed.

3. Dip asparagus spears individually in the batter and for about 2 minutes or until golden brown.

4. Dust generously with grated Parmesan cheese or dip in mayonnaise. This roasted garlic and paprika mayonnaise is particularly good.

Note: A pound and a half of asparagus may seem like a lot for two, but this asparagus is so good you'll want to gorge on it. Do it for lunch and have a cold beer with it. You won't need anything else.

Adapted from the Stockton Fried Asparagus recipe.

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 5 out of 5
, Member tgonzales112

DElicious!!! yum yum. CRispy, fattening and oh so good. Tastes just like the ones at the asparagus fetival.

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