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Beignets de Scorzonera et Herbes Aromatiques Recipe

Ingredients with Measurements:
- 1 pound scorzonera, peeled and grated
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh herbs (such as parsley, thyme, and chives)
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 egg
- Vegetable oil for frying

Special equipment needed:
- Deep fryer or heavy-bottomed pot
- Slotted spoon
- Paper towels

Step-by-step instructions:

1. In a large bowl, combine the grated scorzonera, flour, baking powder, salt, black pepper, and chopped herbs.

2. In a separate bowl, whisk together the milk and egg.

3. Pour the milk mixture into the bowl with the scorzonera mixture and stir until well combined.

4. Heat the vegetable oil in a deep fryer or heavy-bottomed pot to 375°F.

5. Using a tablespoon, drop spoonfuls of the batter into the hot oil. Fry for 2-3 minutes or until golden brown, turning occasionally with a slotted spoon.

6. Remove the beignets from the oil and place them on a paper towel-lined plate to drain excess oil.

7. Serve hot with your favorite dipping sauce.

- Time:
Preparation time: 20 minutes
- Cooking time: 10 minutes
- Oil temperature: 375°F
Serving size:
- Makes about 20 beignets

Nutritional information:
- Calories per serving: 80
- Fat: 4g
- Carbohydrates: 9g
- Protein: 2g
- Fiber: 2g

Substitutions for ingredients:
- Scorzonera can be substituted with parsnips or carrots.
- All-purpose flour can be substituted with gluten-free flour.
- Milk can be substituted with almond milk or soy milk.
- Fresh herbs can be substituted with dried herbs.

- Add grated cheese to the batter for a cheesy twist.
- Add chopped bacon or ham to the batter for a savory flavor.
- Serve with a spicy dipping sauce for a kick of heat.

Tips and tricks:
- Make sure the oil is hot enough before frying the beignets to ensure they cook evenly and become crispy.
- Do not overcrowd the pot when frying the beignets to prevent them from sticking together.
- Use a slotted spoon to remove the beignets from the oil to prevent excess oil from being absorbed.

Storage instructions:
- Beignets can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Reheating instructions:
- To reheat, place the beignets on a baking sheet and bake in a preheated oven at 350°F for 5-7 minutes or until heated through.

Presentation ideas:
- Serve the beignets on a platter with a variety of dipping sauces for guests to choose from.

- Garnish with chopped fresh herbs or a sprinkle of grated cheese.

- Serve with a crisp green salad or roasted vegetables for a balanced meal.

Suggested side dishes:
- Roasted Brussels sprouts
- Grilled asparagus
- Garlic mashed potatoes

Troubleshooting advice:
- If the batter is too thick, add a little more milk to thin it out.
- If the beignets are not crispy enough, increase the oil temperature or fry them for a little longer.

Food safety advice:
- Make sure the scorzonera is thoroughly washed and peeled before grating.
- Use caution when working with hot oil to prevent burns.

Food history:
- Beignets are a popular French pastry that originated in New Orleans.

Flavor profiles:
- The beignets have a crispy exterior and a soft, fluffy interior with a savory flavor from the scorzonera and herbs.

Serving suggestions:
- Serve as an appetizer or side dish with your favorite dipping sauce.

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Region: French

Taste: Sweet, Savory, Herby, Crunchy