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Beer Battered Green Beans with Tarragon Aioli

Course: Appetizer | Beer Style: IPA

Beer-Battered Asparagus

Crisp asparagus coated in an IPA beer batter with and deep fried to perfection. These make for a perfect appetizer and a pretty delicious way to get a serving of veggies in!

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Prep Time: 15 minutes | Yield: 4

Ingredients

1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1 Tbsp finely grated fresh lemon zest
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 cup beer such as and IPA or strong lager (do not measure foam)
  • About 4 cups canola oil
  • 1 pound asparagus, ends broken off

  • Directions

    1. To make this beer-battered asparagus, place the 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 India pale ale, whisking until smooth.
    3. Heat three inches oil in a 3- to 4-quart heavy saucepan over moderately high heat until it registers 350-375°F on thermometer.
    4. Use tongs to dip asparagus spears in batter to coat. Drag one 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.
    5. Transfer as fried with tongs to a paper-towel-lined baking sheet and keep warm in oven. Return oil to 350-375°F between batches.

    Meghan Storey has been lucky enough to work in the world of craft beer since graduating from the University of Mississippi. Now living in Nashville, TN, with her big yellow dog Wally, she loves introducing friends to new craft beer and food pairings. Since beginning work on CraftBeer.com she can be found adding beer to just about everything she cooks.


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