Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Deep Fried Broccoli

Broccoli florets dipped in batter and tossed in seasoned flour, then quickly deep fried - a crunchy on the outside, tender on the inside appetizer.
Broccoli florets dipped in batter and tossed in seasoned flour, then quickly deep fried - a crunchy on the outside, tender on the inside appetizer.

Deep Fried Broccoli

Okay. I'll be the first one to tell you to eat your broccoli steamed, and tossed with a bit of minced garlic, maybe some red pepper flakes, little sea salt and a pat of pure butter. It's my favorite way to eat it. Broccoli is a power house veggie that is loaded with good stuff.

So, in other words, don't go puttin' deep fried broccoli on your plate as a side dish. It's meant to be an appetizer folks, and enjoyed, like most other things such as this, in moderation.  If you happen to already like broccoli like I do, you will love it like this.  Serve them with plain ole ranch dressing, or a nice dipping sauce like cocktail sauce, comeback sauceremoulade sauce, or maybe a spicy honey mustard sauce.

Recipe: Deep Fried Broccoli

©From the Kitchen of Deep South Dish
Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 10 min
Total time: 20 min
Yield: About 4 servings


Ingredients
  • 4 cups of frozen broccoli florets
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup of milk
  • 1-1/2 cups of self rising flour, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of Cajun seasoning (like Slap Ya Mama)
  • Deep fryer with fresh cooking oil
Instructions

Preheat deep fryer to 375 degrees F. Beat the egg and milk together, add 1/2 cup of the flour and whisk together well to blend. Mix the remaining cup of flour with the salt, pepper, and Cajun seasoning. Dip the frozen broccoli florets into the batter, then hold it up over the bowl, allowing it to drain well. Toss in the seasoned flour. Drop the broccoli carefully into hot oil and fry until golden brown, taking care not to overcrowd.

Good just as they are, or serve with ranch dressing, cocktail sauce, comeback sauceremoulade sauce, or a spicy honey mustard sauce.

Beer Battered: Substitute a good quality light beer for the milk.

Cook's Notes: Use as a batter for other vegetables such as whole mushrooms or green beans. I use frozen broccoli for deep frying mainly because I think they work better and it's a freezer staple in my house. If you want to use fresh, raw broccoli, you'll first need to cut it into small florets, then blanch them about a minute in boiling water to partially cook them. Transfer to an ice water bath immediately to stop the cooking process, the let them dry thoroughly before proceeding.

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