Thursday, July 9
The Batter-And-Deep-Fry Party
Well, as I mentioned in my last post, Diko and I were up to some pretty revolting culinary shenanigans this weekend. Now, admittedly, they weren't as gross as some of the things you'll find on sites like This Is Why You're Fat., but kids, you probably shouldn't try this at home. Well, on a regular basis, anyway.
As the title implies, the party was based entirely on battering and deep-frying anything and everything we could get our hands on. Corn dogs were a tasty staple, as were tufts of cauliflower. Here are some highlights.
Corn dogs were too easy. How about a corn burger?
Strangely enough, a little dry. The burger quality wasn't all that great to start with, so I'll chalk it up to that. Nice and crunchy, though.
Now, admittedly, this one wasn't battered before it went into the fryer, but I had to give it a shot. Behold, the octodog!
Hee. Cute. I can see putting these on blocks of mac 'n' cheese for fun presentation.
One of the most labor-intensive ventures was the deep-fried pizza. Since it was a whole freakin' pizza, dipping it in beer batter was somewhat out of the question. So instead, Bay just spooned the batter to coat...
Then, giggling like schoolgirls, we lowered it into the oil.
I cannot tell you how tricky this thing was to flip in 350 degree oil. But flip it I did. For science.
The end product was pretty much exactly what you'd expect.
I think when frying pizza, the influx of crust demands a thin crust on the pizza itself to start with. It came out suitably tasty, but a bit too bready for my tastes.
And then, there was my pride and joy.
That, my dear friends, is corn-battered and deep-fried bacon. This was actually really tasty. Like I might do this again sometime soon tasty. I just have to remember that trying to eat more than one or two of these might actually kill me on the spot.
Oh, what's that? That little thing off to the side in that picture? Oh, that's just a deep-fried White Castle cheeseburger. Wanna see it cut open?
Mmm. Yeah, that was a little rich even for me. I opted out after the first bite, but Courtney assures me it was delicious.
So those were just the highlights. We tried our hand at frying Pocky, a few candy bars got in there with moderate success. And yeah, there were fried pierogies a little later, and more than one bacon kiev (bacon wrapped around a pat of butter, then battered and deep-fried) was made. And at the end of the night, a good time was had by all. Followed by nightmares, followed by massive indigestion in the morning.
Worth it? Hell yeah.