Fried Zucchini

It seems so boring but damn it is so tasty.  Nothing beats a great deep fried beer battered zucchini spear!

For extra flavor I used a dark brown beer and whole wheat flour too.  You can use any oil you like but you know I’m an olive oil junky, love that flavor!

1/2 C Flour
1/2 C Beer
1/4 tsp salt
1 lb Zucchini spears
Olive Oil for deep frying

Mix the batter together with a fork or a whisk until it is smooth.  Dip each spear into it and carefully deep fry.  Have your oil on medium high heat, if you have a thermometer you want it to be at about 375 degrees.  Fry the spears (only a few at a time) for about 5 minutes.  Frying can be a pain sometimes, one big problem is over crowding the pan…if you add too many items (especially something frozen) the temp of the oil will drop significantly.  Best to do a few at a time to get your groove on and test it all out.  When your spears are golden brown, carefully remove them from the oil and blot on papper towels.  Hit them with some sea salt and munch away.  Sometimes I’ll have a little dipping sauce on the side too.

Yogurt and Lemon Zest Dipping Sauce

Great for fried, grilled or raw veggies!

1/2 C Whole Fat Yogurt (preferably Greek yogurt)
Zest of 1 Lemon
Salt and Pepper to taste

Stir all of these ingredients together.