Fried food is welcome at most parties, especially light, crisp tempura served at a summer gathering.
You'll be hard-pressed to find someone that doesn't enjoy fried food. The Japanese variety known as tempura is lighter than your average bar food, making it palatable and loved by all. Better yet – it's pretty flippin' easy.
Start by mixing a cup of ice water and a large egg in a bowl. In another vessel, combine 3/4 cup of flour and 1/8 tablespoon of baking soda, then mix your wet and dry ingredients and stash in the fridge.
In addition to preparing whatever you plan to tempura – it can be anything from big, juicy prawns to vegetable sticks – you're going to need to heat cooking oil to about 360 degrees, using either a deep-fryer or a deep pot with a thermometer. If you're using a pot, be sure to give yourself at least four inches of space at the top.
Once the batter and oil is ready, just dip your goods and carefully place them in the hot oil until they float to the top and turn golden-brown.
You can even apply this technique to old favorites like Easy Cheese Sticks
or these superbad Broccoli Puffs