batter-fried zucchini spears with basil

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By Vicki Butts (lazyme)
from Grapeview, WA

The fennel mayonnaise (below) makes an excellent dip for these zucchini spears if serving them as an hors d'oeuvre. From Gourmet, August 1997.

serves 2
prep time 15 Min
cook time 15 Min
method Deep Fry

Ingredients For batter-fried zucchini spears with basil

  • 3/4 c
    all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 c
    beer
  • 3/4 tsp
    salt
  • 2 md
    zucchini
  • 12
    fresh basil leaves
  • 3 c
    vegetable oil, for frying
  • FENNEL MAYONNAISE:
  • 1 tsp
    fennel seeds
  • 1 lg
    garlic clove
  • 1/2 tsp
    salt
  • 2 Tbsp
    mayonnaise
  • 1/4 c
    sour cream
  • 1/2 Tbsp
    fresh lemon juice
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How To Make batter-fried zucchini spears with basil

  • 1
    In a bowl whisk together flour, beer, and salt and season with pepper.
  • 2
    Halve zucchini crosswise.
  • 3
    Cut each half into 6 spears and put, skin side down, on a cutting board.
  • 4
    With a sharp thin knife cut a lengthwise slit about 1/2 inch deep along top edge of each spear.
  • 5
    Halve basil leaves lengthwise and, using dull side of a small knife, push a half leaf into slit of each spear.
  • 6
    In an 8-inch heavy saucepan or deep skillet heat 1 inch oil over moderate heat until a deep-fat thermometer registers 375° F.
  • 7
    Working in batches of 6, coat spears in batter, letting excess drip off, and fry until deep golden, about 2 minutes, transferring with tongs to paper towels to drain.
  • 8
    Serves 2 generously as an hors d'oeuvre or a side dish.

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