deep fried asparagus

This weekend was the 25th annual Stockton Asparagus Festival. It's a huge deal around here. All of downtown Stockton is shut down and they close the streets to celebrate all things asparagus... including ice cream. It's all for a good cause, this year fesitval organizers expect to have raised about 5 million dollars that will go to charity.

So that's the good news.

The reality is that the crowds are huge, the lines are long, it's expensive, and because it's held downtown, in the streets... it's hot with not a lot of shade.  Even when it's only 75 degrees outside and there is a nice Delta breeze blowing. It's hot.

Since I hate crowds, sunburn easily, and was babysitting this dude.

Going to the Asparagus Festival was out of the question but I can get my deep fried asparagus fix at home

If you think he looks tuckered out. You should see his auntie because she is pooped.

deep fried asparagus: asparagus all ways... always. the original stockton asparagus festival cookbook

1/2 cup cornstarch
3/4 cup flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon celery salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 egg whites
2/3 cup cold flat beer
3 lbs. raw, whole asparagus, cleaned and cut above white end
peanut oil

Mix all ingredients except asparagus in a bowl with wire whisk until well blended. Dip asparagus individually in the batter and deep- fry them in at least 2 inches of peanut oil for 2 minutes or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels. Eat hot.

Serving Suggestions: At the festival they sprinkle finely grated parmesan cheese on top and then you have the option of then dashing some Tabasco sauce on top of the asparagus also. Me? I like a little dipping sauce of 1/2 creme fraiche and dijon mustard.


Julia said...

I bet this was better than anything you would have gotten at the festival!

Cassaendra said...

I've had asparagus tempura before and this sounds interesting. We love asparagus and my husband loves deep fried foods, so we'll check it out! Thanks~

Amy said...

Gimme Gimme Gimme.

I am officially within driving distance, so I will mark the festival on the calendar for next year.

And in the meantime, make these at home.

Sue said...

Your asparagus looks amazing! I missed the festival this year but bought a whole load of asparagus to fry. I think I'll try your recipe. :)

Livin Local said...

Mmmmmm! I did pay the big bucks to get in the entrance and wait in one of the many, many lines for their deep fried asparagus. Yum! At least it was under 100 degrees this year.

Eva said...

That looks awesome! I always end up roasting my asparagus, which is good, although kinda boring. I am lazy and all the oil for deep frying is messy so I don't know if this one will happen but it'll definitely be saved, if for no other reason than to ogle.

Liam said...

Perfect timing... had a bunch of asparagus dying to be used up so I gave this recipe a run tonight - it was wonderful.

Ty'sMommy said...

oh my goodness that looks good! Now I have another idea for something to do with my glut of fresh asparagas this year!!

What a little cutie your nephew is. That's such a great age. And, speaking as the mom of a little one, how great of YOU to have him for the day!

Kristin @ Going Country said...

My first thought about that festival? "I bet the Porta-Potties there smell DISGUSTING."

Am I right?

Cali ʚϊɞ said...

omg! your nephew is ADORABLE!!

i love asparagus, but me and fried foods don't get along, but i may give this a try the next time i have fam in town. i'm sure they would like it :)

kay said...

Thanks for sharing the recipe. I'm actually going to purchase some of the Stockton Cookbooks for myself and gifts! :)


stacey said...

have i told you what a great aunt and sister you are lately? ;)

Melissa said...

I am so in love with both the black and white photos, especially the first one. You are a wonderful photographer.

Never had the stalks deep fried. Suppose if I lived where you do, it would have been inevitable by now.

The Duo Dishes said...

If there were a bowl of aioli nearby, this would hit the spot!

Rebecca said...

I'm makin' this for the Genius's birthday dinner tonight!!!! It doesn't go with tacos, but who cares?

And Melissa is RIGHT. You, madam, are an awesome photographer. Awesomely awesome.

Christo Gonzales said...

what a great way to enjoy asparagus..nice.

The Manintvelds said...

Om nom nom! I miss Stockton! *sob*