Batter-Fried Zucchini Spears With Basil
vegetable oil, for frying
fresh lemon juice
1In a bowl whisk together flour, beer, and salt and season with pepper.
2Halve zucchini crosswise.
3Cut each half into 6 spears and put, skin side down, on a cutting board.
4With a sharp thin knife cut a lengthwise slit about 1/2 inch deep along top edge of each spear.
5Halve basil leaves lengthwise and, using dull side of a small knife, push a half leaf into slit of each spear.
6In an 8-inch heavy saucepan or deep skillet heat 1 inch oil over moderate heat until a deep-fat thermometer registers 375° F.
7Working 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.
8Serves 2 generously as an hors d'oeuvre or a side dish.
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