Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Asparagus Salad with Fried Lemons

We're not usually huge fans of deep fried food. Baked, grilled and skillet cooked are our specialties but every now and again we come across something lifted out of fry oil that just screams EAT ME. Twinkies are not a part of this group. On the other hand, deep fried lemons? It sounded fun and now we've decided that from here on out these are a must eat. We came across this idea while we were figuring out what to do with the Farnsworths' bumper crop of lemons as their tree is a strange mutant that produces about 6.4 billion lemons each year. Not that having more lemons that you know what to do with is bad mind you, but you can only have so many lemon drops in a week. Ok, maybe you can have one more than that, but that still leaves more on the tree. We preserved some of these a while back and those are just starting to come ready (we hear they make for an excellent lemon drop). Anyways, with the Farnsworths coming over with more lemons, we wanted something different to go with dinner and hit across these fried lemons with asparagus salad from Food52 and decided to go for it. Monica loved these lemons. Something like a soft Lemonhead candy, but a little more tart. Eric and Pat thought they quite good but could only get through 1 or 2. Like mother like daughter Monica and Charisse made sure the rest didn't go to waste! 










Asparagus Salad
What You Will Need

1 bunch asparagus
1/4 cup lime juice
1/4 cup fresh mint (chopped)
1/4 cup fresh cilantro (chopped)
1/4 cup fresh basil (chopped)
2 tsp chili garlic paste
1/2 a jalapeno (minced with seeds removed)
1/2 tsp ginger (freshly grated)
1 tsp worcestershire sauce
1 tsp sugar
1 Tbs olive oil
1 shallot (sliced thin)

Break the woody bottom ends off of the asparagus.  Blanch them in a pot of boiling salted water until al dente.  Shock them in a pot of ice water and set aside.  

Combine all of other ingredients (except the shallots) in a small food processor or you can really mince everything and just whisk it all together by hand.  Stir in the shallots to the dressing and pour over the asparagus.  Serve with slices of fried lemons.  

Fried Lemons
What You Will Need

2 lemons (sliced)
1/2 cup panko crumbs
1 egg whisked
a pinch of pepper 
a pinch of salt
1-1 1/2 cup canola or vegetable oil for frying (enough to cover the lemons about 1 inch deep)

Slice the lemons thinly and remove the seeds.  On a plate mix the salt, pepper and panko crumbs.  Dunk the lemons in the egg wash and dredge them in the panko pressing down so the crumbs stick.  Cover each side of the lemons.  

In a large skillet, heat the oil so when you drop a panko crumb in it it sizzles.  Fry the lemons for about 1 minute or so on each side until they are nice and browned.  Drain on paper towel. Serve warm

adapted from www.food52.com



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27 comments:

  1. They might also be nice with fish, although are they bitter?

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  2. @foodieinberlin.com - I wouldn't call them bitter, they are more tart. Its really like a lemon candy or strong lemonade! - Eric

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  3. Interesting, I didn't know you could fry lemons, glad to know they aren't bitter, I love asparagus!
    -Gina-

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  4. Omg, what a great idea, never heard of frying lemons, must be very interesting and flavorful.

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  5. looks delicious and interesting
    never fried lemon

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  6. How unique! My jaw actually dropped when I saw this...looks so fantastic and I think it would be something that I would really enjoy. Thanks for sharing!

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  7. Gorgeous photos! I had never heard of frying lemons, but I'm sure they're amazing. And, you can't go wrong with asparagus :)

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  8. this looks amazing..I love asparagus and lemon too..will try it sooooon :)))

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  9. I have fried lemons many times. They really mellow out and become almost addicting to me. GREG

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  10. What a different sounding summer salad.... yum!

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  11. You can fry lemons?! Oh happy day!

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  12. Don't know 'cilantro' or 'panko' but the picteures are great and the food sounds great too

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  13. Beautiful salad, love all your photographs!

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  14. Wow!!! Great idea and great flavors and photos I could only wish for!!! Lovely!

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  15. Fried lemons! I can make plenty of that... thanks for sharing.

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  16. Yum! I think that looks so delicious!

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  17. Looks and sounds delicious. I would never have thought of deep frying lemons, but it's certainly a very interesting idea

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  18. Beautiful salad and photos! I always enjoy interesting salads that are unique - thank you for sharing!

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  19. OK these are the prettiest photos I have seen yet on the food blogs!! WOW! The recipe is fun, different and looks super healthy as well!
    LOVE!! BUZZ!!

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  20. Fried lemons?! Nuh uh.

    Coolest thing since sliced bread.

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  21. What a fun idea! Great job and your pictures are fantastic! :)

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  22. Never would have thought to fry lemons but they sound wonderful, especially with the asparagus.

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  23. Interesting. I've never have any fried lemons before

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  24. Those fried lemons look so cool! Also, is that a Magic Bullet I spy in that photo? I have one of my own and it's awesome!

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  25. This is amazing! What a wonderful combination :)I saw your blog from the foodie blog roll and I like what you have here.if you won't mind I'd love to guide Foodista readers to this post.Just add the lemon widget to the end of this post and it's all set, Thanks!

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