Monday, August 23, 2010

Deep fried goodness.

We moved into our house about 5 months after we were married.

As we planned, married, honeymooned, house hunted, packed and moved there was one thing my husband really wanted: A deep fryer.

And lo and behold, with a suggestion from his loving wife to her parents, for our first Christmas in our new home, he got one.

I would like to preface the following with this: We don't fry a lot.

This weekend, we had friends over for a game day/afternoon and we fried. We were plotting what could be fried. We ended up being to full to try deep frying pickles, but they were there. Next time.

What did we end up frying?

Big slices of zucchini, fresh from the garden.

Delicious onion rings.

Oh yes, and Twinkies.

I'd never tried the fried Twinkies before. Now I am sold. With some whipped cream and strawberry sauce, it was yummy.


Beer battered veggies

Adapted from

4 cups canola oil
2 cups buttermilk
2 cups all-purpose flour, divided
2 teaspoon garlic, granulated
1 tablespoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
12 ounces beer
Vegetables of you choice sliced, I used 1 onion and 1 zucchini

Soak vegetables in buttermilk for 1 hour.

Heat oil in dutch oven or deep fryer to 350 degrees.

Combine 1 cup of flour, salt, pepper, and garlic, mix thoroughly. In a medium bowl combine beer and 1 cup of flour, mix thoroughly.

Remove vegetables from buttermilk, shake off excess, dredge in flour, shake off excess, then dip in beer batter. Drop into hot oil and continue process, being sure not to crowd the pan or fryer as they will stick together. When golden, remove and let drain on paper towels.

Sprinkle with additional salt to taste after removed from oil.

Deep Fried Twinkies a la Jo

borrowed from GMA

6 Twinkies, frozen overnight
4 cups vegetable oil
1 cup milk
2 tablespoons vinegar
1 Tablespoon oil
1 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
Powdered sugar
1 cup quality strawberry jam, thinned with 1/2 cup water and warmed to make a sauce

Heat oil in dutch oven or deep fryer to 350 degrees.

Mix together milk, vinegar and oil, while in another bowl, blend flour, baking powder and salt.

Whisk wet ingredients into dry and continue mixing until smooth.

Dip Twinkie into the batter and rotate until batter covers entire cake.

Place carefully in hot oil. Cook until golden brown, turning as needed to ensure even cooking. Cook only 1-2 at a time as these will stick together.

Remove Twinkie to paper towel and let drain. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve with whipped cream and strawberry sauce. Try to not eat yourself silly.

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