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Fried Asparagus Spears

I thought I'd had asparagus alot of ways...but I had these and had to add them to my recipe box. Everyone loves them.


1 cup cold water
2/3 cup yellow cornmeal
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/3 cup cornstarch
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 tsp baking powder
vegetable oil for deep frying
1 pound  thisck asparagus, trimmed


1. In large bowl, whisk together the water, cornmeal, flour, cornstarch, egg, baking powder, and 1/2 tsp salt until combined. Batter will be lumpy.
2. In large skillet, heat about 1 inch of oil to 350 degrees. Working with 3 or 4 spears at a time, dip asparagus into the batter, letting excess drip off into bowl.
3. Carefully slide spears into hot oil and fry 3-4 minutes until golden. Remove with tongs to paper towel lined plate. You can transfer to a baking sheet and place in a 200 degree oven to keep warm while frying the remaining spears.

Dipping sauce:
In small bowl, combine 1/2 cup dijon mustard, 2 tbl snipped fresh dill, and 2 tbl honey....serve with spears.

***approximately 12 servings