You don’t have to tell me I’m evil, I already know. First, I encourage you to eat your veggies and then I hit you up with a fried version. While I’m slightly ashamed of myself, I promise the salty, crunchy breading complements the sweet, juicy & acidic flavors of fresh squash, tomatoes and red (purple) onion. You won’t be disappointed. Are you convinced? Just in case you’re not too sure about this whole fried veggie business…
Fried Red (Purple) Onion…
Get it? Got it? Good. Let’s move on to the next lesson ~ how to fry those babies and make ‘em munchable. First of all, slice the squash in about 1/4 inch – 1/2 thick slices. If the slices are too thin, they become difficult to manage while frying. Plus, it’s okay to get a big ‘ol honkin’ dose of fried squash (did I just say honkin’?). People of the world, welcome to Oklahoma!
Oh, by the way, this is part of our veggie harvest for the day. I realize why people in the old days had so many children; they really come in handy when it’s time to pick stuff!
You want your onion slices to be pretty thin. We’re not going for thick onion rings here. Just thin slices of lightly breaded, sweet onion. Once you’ve sliced your squash and onion (I used 1 md. squash and 3/4 of a lg. onion), throw it all in a bowl and here’s where it gets tricky.
1. Cover sliced squash and onion with 1-2 c. milk (until covered, but not drenched) & a squirt of lemon juice.
2. Place in the fridge for about 20-30 minutes.
3. Prepare your flour mixture with:
1 1/2 c. AP flour
1 t. kosher salt
20 grinds of black pepper
Whisk together until combined
4. Remove veggies from fridge, and shake off the milk before coating in the flour mixture. Shake off the excess flour as well.
5. Add veggies to a HOT skillet, coated with a little veggie oil.
6. Sprinkle with a tad more salt and pepper, if desired.
7. Fry until golden brown.
8. Drain on paper towels before serving with fresh ‘maters.
So simple and so good, but remember the breading is supposed to be very light. Just a thin layer of ‘fried’, and start with a small amount of oil, scraping the pan as needed if the flour starts to burn.
If your mouth is watering right now and the week old stuff at the grocery store is your only option, find someone who has fresh vegetables sprouting in their backyard this year, offer to fry whatever you pick and then share. I’m pretty sure every religious book known to man includes an, ‘okay to mooch if it’s fresh vegetables’ clause. ENJOY!