Testing, testing...Is this thing on?
Oh, yeah! It's on!
On to another great tester: Joni's Sesame Sriracha Tempura from Vegan Fusion!
I fried this tempura in my enameled cast iron pan with a clip-on candy thermometer. It was easy to monitor the temp of the oil that way.
First, I picked out some veggies from my stash...
Onions, broccoli (leftover, pre-cooked), Brussels sprouts, avocado, carrot and apple.
I also added a chopped, pre-cooked beet at the end since I had enough batter!
Joni's batter recipe.
I kept mixing in enough veggies for a full round in the oil. Then, I added them right to the hot oil from the batter.
Clockwise from bottom: Broccoli, onion, avocado, carrot, Brussels sprouts, and in the center, beets and, above, apples.
This was a decadent and delicious dinner, I served it with jasmine rice.
Which one of those was my favorite?
Nope, it wasn't the avocado, but it was rich and creamy. YUM.
I loved serving this tempura with a Sriracha vegenaise, and I needed a sweet soy dipping sauce, but ended up using tamari + rice vinegar since I was out of time.
So, what is my assessment of the different veggies?
Actually (and this surprised even me), my favorite was the Brussels sprouts (upper right in this picture). They were perfectly cooked, a bit sweet, toothsome, and went perfectly with the batter and the sauces. Not bitter or brascia-like at all :-)
Second runners up were the onions, cooked broccoli and carrots. The onions were delicious, crispy, sweet and delicate--a fancy onion ring! The broccoli was creamy and tender, you could really taste the subtlety of the batter the most with the broccoli. The avocado was creamy and perfect, but needed a slightly saltier batter and a sweeter sauce, which would have brought out all it's glory. The apples were fine, the texture was good, they went well with the batter and the sauces, but overall, merely average.
The least interesting were the beets, which just tasted like cooked beets with tempura batter cooked onto them.
All hail Brussels sprouts tempura!