Fritos Vegetable Tempura with Chile Verde Honey Dipping Sauce

Fritos Vegetable Tempura with Chile Verde Honey Dipping Sauce

YIELD: Makes 6 servings


1/2 cup - honey

4 cups - tomatillos, coarsely chopped

1/4 - white onion, coarsely chopped

2 - serrano peppers, with stems off

1 whole - garlic clove

1 bunch - cilantro

2 - limes, juiced

1 whole - avocado

salt and white pepper, to taste

1 1/2 cups - water

1 cup - tempura flour

1/2 cup - ice cubes

6 - oyster mushrooms

6 thick slices each - yellow and green zucchini, about 1/4-inch thick

6 wedges - red bell pepper

6 - scallions

6 wedges - ripe firm avocado


In a blender, combine the honey, tomatillos, onion, serranos, garlic, cilantro, lime juice, avocado and salt and pepper. Pulse until a smooth sauce develops adding a little water if too thick.

Heat a pot of frying oil to 350°F.

Mix the water, tempura flour and ice together. With a set of tongs dredge each vegetable through the tempura, shaking off any excess batter.

Gently drop each vegetable into the oil cooking and fry each piece until golden and crispy. Drain on paper towels.

Arrange vegetables on a serving platter with bowls of the Honey Chile Verde Sauce.