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From Dorothy McNett's Recipe book at www.dorothymcnett.com. Select from 6-14 ingredients for making a tempura feast. Shrimp, scallops, snow peas, chicken strips, pork strips, green pepper, broccoli, mushrooms, eggplant, sweet potatoes are good choices for instance.....and you must use a deep heavy bottomed pan such as a Dutch oven or a deep fryer.
6-8 fresh or dried shiitake mushrooms
If using dried mushrooms, soak them 30 minutes in warm water. Remove, dry well, and cut into quarters. Place on a platter. Cut the broccoli into spears, trimming as you go. Place in microwave pot, cover, and microwave on high 4 minutes. Cover with ice and allow to cool. Drain and pat dry. Slice the broccoli spears into fairly long manageable strips and place on platter. Peel and devein the prawns, leaving the tail intact. To prevent prawns from curling when frying, make 3 slits in the belly side, pat dry, and place them on the platter. Cut eggplant lengthwise in halves. Quarter each half into lengthwise spears. Slit down the center but leaving one end intact. Place on platter. Trim and dry the snow peas and place on platter. Refrigerate to keep cold if not using immediately.
Recipe created 2003-03-16.