Owner Perry Rhea of Queen Creek Olive Mill shares a recipe for a great holiday side dish.
• 1 bunch asparagus
• 1 cup flour
• 2 eggs
• 1/2 cup milk
• 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh ground pepper
• Queen Creek Olive Mill Extra Virgin Olive Oil for frying
• sea salt
Clean and trim the asparagus.
In a large stainless steel or glass bowl, gently combine the flour, eggs, milk, and pepper to make a thicker batter (it's okay if it's slightly lumpy).
Turn the asparagus in the batter to coat.
Heat oil in a large deep-frying pan to 360 degrees.
Drop asparagus in a few at a time.
Turn them after about 1 or 2 minutes or when their undersides are golden brown, and cook the other side another minute or two.
Remove to an absorbent paper towel and sprinkle with sea salt to taste.