Herb Fritters

May 2007
Herb Fritters

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These pop-in-your-mouth fried bites are best while they're still warm.

Makes: 4 servings

Prep: 30 mins

Cook: 20 mins

Ingredients
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup cold dark beer
  • 1 cup chopped mixed fresh herbs, such as basil, chives, dill, parsley, rosemary, sage, tarragon and thyme
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • Juice and grated peel of 1 lemon
  • Dash hot pepper sauce
  • Peanut oil, for frying
Directions
  1. In a medium bowl, combine the flour and salt. Whisk in the egg and beer until smooth. Stir in the herbs and let stand for 15 minutes.
  2. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees . Line a baking sheet with paper towels and set aside. In a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise, lemon juice, lemon peel and hot sauce and set aside.
  3. Fill a large, heavy saucepan with enough oil to reach a depth of 3 inches; heat to 365 degrees on a deep-fry thermometer. Whisk the batter and, working in batches, drop by tablespoonful and fry, turning occasionally, until the fritters are crisp and golden, 3 to 4 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to the baking sheet; keep warm in the oven. Repeat with the remaining batter. Serve with the lemon sauce.
Tip
  • Add a half cup of grated parmesan to the batter for a cheesy variation.
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