Monday, November 8, 2010
Deep fryers can be a convenient way to cook many types of food. Mid-week meals like schnitzel and battered fish or chicken are a great way to get dinner on the table as quick as possible. Some of these ideas for the best foods to deep fry will add some variety to your standard menu.
I know when one is deep frying, one is not trying to eat the most healthy meal possible, so why then are people deep frying fruit? Why? Because it tastes good. Bananas, apples and pineapples make the most wonderful dessert or snack when dipped in batter and deep fried to perfection.
The Belgians serve cheese balls on their menus, served with tomato concasse. The French have Camembert, crumbed and fried for a creamy, cheesy snack. In the US they like to fry up cheese curds or Mozzarella. Cheese can be crumbed or battered, and can be served with any tomato style sauce, or perhaps a nice chutney.
Yes, I think we all know where this is going. Chips, fries, pommes frittes, they are delicious no matter what you call them. People each have their own methods to produce the perfect chip, such as pre-boiling the potato, double frying or beer battered. Chips can be seasoned with anything from plain salt, to chicken salt or spicy salt, or how about a lovely seasoning of paprika, salt and just a little sugar.
Chicken can be battered as in classic southern fried chicken, or it can be crumbed like the European family favourite, schnitzel. To make the perfect fried chicken is a quest many are on, and many have succeeded. Some prefer to cook the bird in a high pressure cooker first up, to retain maximum moisture and prevent dryness. Some like to fry their chicken in bacon fat or lard to ensure the best flavour possible. Some swear it’s the perfect blend of herbs and spices.
5. Ice Cream
We have all come across this unusual dessert at our local Chinese restaurant but I’m not sure if trying this at home is such a good idea. But with a little practice, a really cold freezer and plenty of clean oil, fried ice cream is a tasty dessert too good to leave to the restaurants.
Whether you prefer yours dusted lightly in cinnamon and sugar or iced with a sweet slick of colour, stuffed with mock cream and iced or dipped in pineapple glaze, there is a doughnut to please everyone. If you don’t have the means to make the world’s holiest dessert, perhaps try making doughnut holes.
Fritters are the little morsels of tasty food that go around at a dinner party. You can have blue cheese and apple fritters, zucchini and feta fritters, sweet corn and bacon or cheese and mushroom fritters. The limit is only your imagination!
8. Onion Rings
This is a classic restaurant entrée that is so easy to make in your own home. All you have to do is cut and onion, batter or crumb and deep fry to perfection.
Using a light Japanese batter, you can deep fry vegetables such pumpkin, snow peas and zucchini or go straight to the main and go with prawns. The light, crunchy batter of tempura is best served with a sweet and spicy dipping sauce.
Prawns, scallops, yabbi, oyster, fish, squid and octopus are simply sensational when battered or crumbed and thrown in the deep fryer. The key is not to over cook, as seafood, as with anything can become dry or chewy if fried for too long. Serve with tartar sauce or seafood sauce, lemon juice or plum sauce.
So you thought you could live with out the deep fryer ever making an appearance in your kitchen appliances cupboard? Think again, after reading this list of top ten foods to deep fry, you will be running out to buy one today.
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