1. In a large bowl, mix flour, garlic powder, onion powder, pepper, cheese, and beer with a whisk until smooth. Add broccoli; toss until well coated with batter.
2. In a deep fryer or heavy saucepan, heat two to three inches oil to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Fry broccoli in batches two to three minutes, turning once, until golden brown. Drain on paper towels.
3. Serve warm broccoli bites with ranch dressing for dipping.
Tips: Self-rising flour works best in this recipe, but if you can’t find it, you can substitute one cup all-purpose flour, one and 1/4 teaspoons baking powder and 1/4 teaspoon salt.
Be sure to not crowd the fryer or pan, only frying several florets at a time.
Try beer-battering and deep-frying other vegetables, such as green beans, cauliflower florets or zucchini or yellow squash slices.