This is the first in my new line of recipes in which I make healthy foods into unhealthy dishes. Even though the asparagus is fried, it makes for a great summer lunch or appetizer. Now, I sort of just winged this recipe, so if you feel like there's something missing then I encourage you to add it.

Panko Beer Battered Asparagus

  • 1 cup flour (plus a little extra)
  • 1 teaspoon backing soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/2 chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cups beer (something light, no porters or stouts)
  • Panko
  • Oil for frying
  1. Mix all the dry ingredients in a large bowl, except the panko. Mix in the egg and beer. Place the panko in an empty pie pan. Heat the oil over medium high heat. Cut the thick ends off the asparagus and coat in the extra flour. Dip the asparagus in the batter and then lightly coat the asparagus in panko. Fry the asparagus in the oil until the panko and batter turns golden brown. 

Chili Lemon Alioli

  • 1 cup mayo
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice 
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  1. Mix everything together in a bowl and then dip the asparagus in. 

Dip these fried spears in the alioli and enjoy out in the sun with the left over beer.