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Asparagus Sticks


Everyone should have a few basic recipes that will make a cocktail party feel posh. Sesame Pancetta Asparagus Sticks make any party feel posh.

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  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 large eggs (lightly beaten)
  • 1/2 cup sesame seeds
  • 12 asparagus spears (trimmed to 5-inches)
  • 12 slice pancetta
  • 2 cup vegetable oil (or more for frying depending on the size of vessel)
  • coarse sea salt (such as Maldon)
  • 12 bamboo skewers (optional)


Servings 4
Preparation time 20mins
Cooking time 20mins


Step 1

Place the flour, eggs and sesame seeds in separate shallow bowls at least 5-inches in diameter. Wrap each spear of asparagus with pancetta, leaving the tip exposed.

Heat the oil in medium straight-sided skillet over medium heat until it register 350 degrees F. on a deep fry or candy thermometer.

Dredge the wrapped asparagus spears in flour, shaking off the excess. Carefully roll the pancetta-wrapped section in the egg; coat that section with sesame seeds.

Fry in the hot oil until golden brown, about 3 minutes. Drain on a paper towel lined plate. Season with salt. Thread the spears from their bottoms lengthwise onto bamboo skewers (optional). Serve warm or at room temperature.


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