CSA week 20, September 13
It’s time for shallots! As I was looking up the best ways to use these sweet, versatile, special onions, I stumbled across this delicious-sounding recipe. I’m going to keep this one in mind for Thanksgiving - movie over green bean casserole!
Tempura Green Beans with Mushroom Salt and Shallot Dip
2 shallots, 1 coarsely chopped, 1 thinly sliced into rings
4 scallions, white and pale-green parts only, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon Champagne vinegar or white wine vinegar
¼ cup mayonnaise
¼ cup sour cream
2 tablespoons buttermilk
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh chives
Freshly ground black pepper
¼ cup vegetable oil
Mushroom salt and assembly
3 tablespoons porcini powder, divided
1 tablespoon kosher salt
Vegetable oil (for frying; about 6 cups)
½ cup all-purpose flour
½ cup cornstarch
½ teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup chilled club soda
8 ounces green beans, trimmed
Place chopped shallot, scallions, and vinegar in a food processor and season with salt. Process until finely chopped; transfer to a medium bowl. Whisk in mayonnaise, sour cream, buttermilk, and chives; season dip with salt and pepper.
Cook oil and shallot rings in a medium skillet over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until shallots are golden brown, about 4 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer shallots to paper towels to drain; season with salt. Set aside for serving.
DO AHEAD: Dip (without crispy shallots) can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and chill.
Mix salt and 1 Tbsp. porcini powder in a small bowl; set mushroom salt aside.
Fit a large pot with thermometer; pour in oil to measure 2". Heat over medium-high until thermometer registers 375°.
Meanwhile, whisk cornstarch, flour, cornstarch, baking powder, kosher salt, and remaining 2 Tbsp. mushroom powder in a small bowl. Add club soda; whisk until batter is smooth.
Working in batches, dip green beans in batter, letting excess drip back into bowl, and fry, stirring gently with a slotted spoon if green beans stick together, until golden, about 3 minutes per batch. Using a spider or slotted spoon, transfer to paper towels to drain. Sprinkle with mushroom salt.
Top dip with crispy shallots and serve alongside green beans.