beer-battered asparagus

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  • add   <b>For lemon dipping sauce</b><br> 1/2 cup mayonnaise<br> 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice<br> 1/2 teaspoon finely grated fresh <a href ="/recipes/recipe_views/views/106139">lemon zest</a><br> 1/4 teaspoon black pepper<p> <b>For asparagus</b><br> 1

Instructions

  1. Make dipping sauce:
  2. Stir together mayonnaise, lemon juice, zest, and pepper in a small bowl. Chill, covered, until ready to use.
  3. Make batter and fry asparagus:
  4. Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 200°F.
  5. Whisk together flour, salt, zest, and pepper in a bowl until combined, then add beer, whisking until smooth.
  6. Heat 3 inches oil in a 3- to 4-quart heavy saucepan over moderately high heat until it registers 375°F on thermometer.
  7. Submerge asparagus spears in batter to coat. Working in batches of 10, drag 1 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. Transfer as fried with a slotted spoon to a paper-towel-lined baking sheet and keep warm in oven. Return oil to 375°F between batches. Serve with lemon dipping sauce.
  8. Cooks' note:
  9. Asparagus can be kept warm in oven up to 30 minutes.