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.

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