Deep Fried Asparagus
Its asparagus season here in West Michigan! I Love ASPARAGUS! A client of mine wrote:
You should try this.
This is an awesome appetizer at Joe's Stone Crab. I tried to duplicate at home and can't come close to the amount of Panko breading that I can get to stick when frying in a thin layer of olive oil. It is then rolled in the asiago.
Thank you very much
The challenge was on. I got close, it’s a lot harder to bread, fry, roll and photograph asparagus when you are cooking, and well, Wayne’s wife Kelly is an award winning photographer, and let’s say I was a bit nervous. I’m close, not quite what they had but I think very close. The difference: Professional grade fryers at the restaurant compared to my little home fryer.
Here’s what I did. I blanched my asparagus. This technique is used to firm or soften your vegetables and to set the color. Bring a large pot of salted water to boil – for once, I was a bit short on the salt – when it comes to a boil drop your asparagus in, bring back to a boil for about 1 minute, and then immediately immerse into ice cold water to stop the cooking process.
I then set up a standard breading station, seasoned flour (with s&p, aka salt and pepper) an egg wash, 1 beaten egg with water, and the panko. Next time I’m going to add the cheese to the panko. Wayne thought it was rolled in asiago but I’m not sure.
I put several pieces of asparagus into the flour, then to the egg mixture, and then rolled it in the panko, pressing firmly.
First batch test fried! A little weak on the coating, but tasty!
The second batch, I did a “double dip” – I started with the egg wash, then the flour, back to the egg wash and then to the panko. It set much nicer. I think if I would have let the asparagus set in the refrigerator to cool, it might have adhered better. I’m going to try that next time.
I then deep fried my asparagus, let it drain for about 5 seconds and rolled it in the asiago.
Not bad, a bit closer, needs some work. I definitely will add the asiago/shredded cheese directly into the panko, that’s how I do Parmesan Chicken! I think it would work. All in All a tasty snack for the day!
A bit of flour with salt and pepper added
1 egg beaten with water
Panko with asiago cheese!
That’s it! I hope you enjoy – let me know how it works for you!