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Bring the Taste of Tempura to the Tailgate

One of the best things about being on this planet is the ability to travel the world. Whether looking for museums or the oldest dive bars, one thing remains on every traveler’s list: finding the best restaurants to eat at.

The greatest part about vacations and exploring places, whether it be your own city, across the country or around the world is culture and exploring the ones we know and some that we don’t. The game starts soon so, let’s bring a different part of the world to the tailgate!

1. The Classic Japanese Udon

Tempura-Udon

It’s no secret that Udon noodles are one of the most sought-after dishes in the Japanese culture. It’s a classic savory meal that will leave you wanting more. From the white noodles that are thicker than most noodles, to the taste of the broth and the crunchiness of the tempura lightly resting within the bowl, it’s a sight for one to see and a pleasure to eat.

What also makes this meal so beautiful is that you can create the soup yourself or simply purchase pre-made packets of Udon soup. According to Chopstick Chronicles, here’s what you’ll need:

Ingredients for Udon noodles:

  • 250 g frozen Udon noodles
  • 2 Udon dashi sachets
  • 2 tempura prawns
  • 4 slices of fish cake
  • Chopped shallots
  • Shichimi togarashi (optional garnish)

Cooking instructions:

  • 1
    Fill a large pot with water and bring it to a boil. Once boiling, add in the Udon noodles and cook according to the instructions on the package.
  • 2
    In two separate bowls, empty the 2 Udon dashi sachets and add in 250ml hot water in each bowl.
  • 3
    Once the noodles are done, drain them and divide evenly into the two-separate bowls containing the dashi sachets.

Ingredients for tempura prawn from allrecipes.com :

  • 1 cup of all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons of cornstarch
  • 1 lb. prawns
  • 1 egg yolk
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1 cup of water
  • 2 cups vegetable oil
  • Egg whites

Cooking instructions:

  • 1
    In a deep fryer heat oil to about 375 degrees F.
  • 2
    In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cornstarch, and salt. In the middle of the bowl, make an indent in the mixture. Pour the water and egg yolk in the center and mix all together. The batter will be lumpy, then stir in the egg whites.
  • 3
    Take one shrimp and dip it into the batter (don’t batter the tails) then carefully put it into the hot oil. As a precaution and safety measure, do not drop the shrimp in the hot oil, simply place them one at a time in the oil.  Fry until golden brown 2 minutes or less.

Instructions for Udon noodles and prawns:

  • 1
    Take the two slices of fish cake, shallots and tempura prawn and place on top of the noodles that are placed in each bowl.

How is this recipe perfect for a tailgate? Bring a saucepan with you and place it on the grill to reheat. If you want the tempura extra crispy, place that too on the grill for a little bit before eating.

2. Tempura Shrimp

Tempura Shrimp

Tempura shrimp is one of the best foods to eat by itself or with an amazing dip ranging from honey mustard to sweet and sour sauce. For this recipe from allrecipes.com, here’s what you’ll need to get the perfect tempura shrimp.

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup rice wine
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ pound shrimp already peels
  • 2 quarts oil
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • 1 egg yolk
  • ¼ teaspoon shortening
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/3 cup ice water

Cooking instructions:

  • 1
    Mix together the rice wine and salt in a medium-sized bowl.
  • 2
    Take the already peeled shrimp and toss it into the mixture. Cover the bowl and place in refrigerator for 20 minutes.
  • 3
    In a deep fryer, pour in the oil until it reaches 375 degrees F.
  • 4
    Taking another medium-sized bowl, combine the all-purpose flour, ice water, cornstarch, egg yolk, shortening, baking powder and sugar.
  • 5
    Removing the shrimp from the refrigerator, coat them one at a time in the flour mixture.
  • 6
    Once covered in the batter, take each shrimp and place them into the deep fryer. Cook until golden brown.

3. Tempura Green Beans

green-bean-tempura

Tempura green beans are fun for any party, especially for a tailgate. When you combine the crispy crunch of the green beans with an awesome dip, the fun never stops, and the party continues with every delicious bite. This recipe is perfect for switching out French fries for a much healthy option that is just as tasty. This recipe hails from Bon Appétit.

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 12 ounces club soda
  • Kosher salt
  • Vegetable oil
  • ½ pound trimmed green beans

Cooking instructions:

  • 1
    In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the flour, club soda and pinch of kosher salt.
  • 2
    Take the vegetable oil and pour it into a deep fryer. You want to aim for 2 inches and heat over medium-high heat until temperatures reach 375 degrees F.
  • 3
    After rinsing the green beans, lightly dry with a paper towel and place the green beans in the batter.
  • 4
    Once the green beans are battered up, put them in the deep fryer for about 3 minutes.
  • 5
    Take out of the fryer when finished and season with salt and other seasonings of your choosing.

4.  Tempura Cheese Stuffed Chilies

Tempura Cheese Stuffed Chilies

This recipe had me at cheese! The perfect mix of crunch, a little kick with the chilies and the gooeyness of the cheese calls for a great appetizer.  Bringing this to a tailgate and pairing it up with a cold drink of choice is simple and fun.  Food Republic shares their recipe for this fun handheld treat.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons potato flour
  • 8 long red chilies
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 ¾ ounces of cheese cut into thin strips
  • 2/3 cup iced water
  • Japanese soy sauce
  • An extra 2 tablespoons of all-purpose flour

Cooking instructions:

  • 1
    Take the chilies and slice them down the middle vertically. Remove the seeds.
  • 2
    Take the cheese of choice (this recipe calls for cheddar) and put strips of cheese inside the chilies
  • 3
    In a bowl, mix together the flours and iced water.
  • 4
    In a small frying pan, pour the oil and heat on medium-high heat un simmering.
  • 5
    Taking the chilies and putting them in the batter mixture.
  • 6
    Dip the battered chilies into the oil keep turning for 2 minutes.

5. Tempura Oreos

Tempura Oreos

There’s a lot of tempura foods out there, but this one is the sweetest treat of them all: the tempura Oreo. Whether you’re trying to put all the yummy Japanese food to the side and get dessert, to rushing to the state fair, tempura Oreos never disappoint and are great at a tailgate. Allrecipes.com shares their five-star rated dessert recipe, here’s what you’ll need:

Ingredients:

  • 2 quarts vegetable oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 1 cup pancake mix
  • I cup milk
  • 1 package of cookies
  • Powdered sugar

Cooking instructions:

  • 1
    Heat the oil in a pan or deep fryer until it reaches 375 degrees F.
  • 2
    In a large bowl whisk together the egg, vegetable oil and milk until smooth.
  • 3
    Stir in the pancake mix until no lumps are seen.
  • 4
    Take the cookies of choice and dip them into the batter then place them into the hot oil.
  • 5
    Cook for about 2 minutes or until the cookies are golden brown.
  • 6
    Once finished, place the cookies on a paper towel to wipe off any excess oil and sprinkle with powdered sugar.

6. Tempura Ice Cream 

Tempura Ice Cream

Tempura ice cream is the sweetest tempura treat of them all.  Making the tempura ice cream balls isn’t tough. They are fun and easy to make and even better to eat.

The problem with this dessert is whether or not it’ll make it to the tailgate. Once they’re finished, you’ll be tempted to eat them all. Here’s what you’ll need to make these fun ice cream treats.

Ingredients:

  • Vanilla ice cream
  • Pound cake (2 loaves)
  • 1 cup of all-purpose flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup of cold water
  • Frying oil

Other necessities:

  • Mixing bowl
  • Deep fryer and or pan
  • Parchment paper
  • Baking sheet

Directions:

  • 1
    Take an ice cream scooper and scoop about 6-8 ice cream balls. Place them on a piece of parchment paper that’ll line the baking sheet.
  • 2
    Take your pound cake and slice them to about 2 inches thick
  • 3
    Take the ice cream balls and wrap them in the pound cake and place in the freezer for about an hour.
  • 4
    In a medium bowl, combine the flour, water and egg.
  • 5
    In a deep fryer, heat the oil until it reaches 400 degrees F.
  • 6
    Take the ice cream balls out of the freezer and dip them into the tempura batter.
  • 7
    Once the ice cream balls are coated in batter, carefully lower them into the hot oil. Cook until the batter is golden. (Don’t cook for too long or the ice cream will melt)
  • 8
    Once finished, place the ice cream balls on a paper towel to wipe off any excess oil and sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Tempura for One, Tempura for All

Bringing tempura to the tailgate is easier than we thought.

Bringing a stove top pan to heat the soup, or even give the tempura a fresh crisp taste is ideal for all these recipes.

So pack the extra sauce, and make sure to make plenty for all your guests at your tailgate party.

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