|Fried Hot Dogs|
|Fried Onion Rings|
The Original Recipe:
My oldest son is 14, and he was watching the Travel Channel one day. He loves to watch Man V. Food and all those other food related shows (the boy likes to eat!). Naturally upon watching a show like that, he wanted to know what fried Oreo's taste like. So, I googled a recipe for Fried Oreos and came up with a website called, thekitchn.com. There, they posted a recipe for Fried Dough and instructions on how to make the fried Oreo's. The rest of the fried food was easy enough to follow suit. I fried all the sweet's first (the kids loved that!), and then I did the hot dogs and onion rings last. I didn't want the taste to interfere with the sweet stuff. This batter is DELISH!! I used Canola Oil in my deep fryers and it worked well. I cannot believe how incredibly easy this was to make. It does make a TON of batter, so if you aren't going to fry a whole bag of Oreos or a whole bag of anything, you will have a lot leftover. I think I made atleast 12 Oreos, 6 Hot dogs, 4 Twinkies, 1 Banana, and a whole bunch of Onion Rings. I still have about 3 cups of batter left!! The fried banana was the bomb! Yes, the bomb!! Just add some powdered sugar and it's a GREAT dessert. The Hot dogs were good, too. I was suprised I liked the sweet batter on them. Of course the Oreo's and Twinkies were good as well as the Sweet Onion.
I will, for sure, be doing this again (as fair season is upon us and this is so much cheaper to do!). I will probably even make some funnel cakes next time, first, in order to use up more of the batter.
Funnel Cakes via thekitchn.com
makes 4, 12" cakes
4 large eggs
2 2/3 cups milk
1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons granulated white sugar
5 cups AP flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon baking powder
Powdered Sugar for dusting
Heat oil in an electric deep fryer or cast iron pan to 375°F. You will need at least an inch and a half of oil. We chose to use the electric fryer, which recycles its heat quicker and kept the fried foods smell and heat out of the house! Line plates with paper towels, the process will go fast once you start!
Mix egg and milk together with a wire whisk or fork until combined. Stir in other ingredients until batter is smooth.
Fry Tip: If you will be frying more than 4 funnel cakes or if you wish to make the batter up to an hour in advance, increase the amount of baking powder by 1 teaspoon to help give it lift during its long wait before frying.
Fill a pastry bag fitted with a large round tip and squeeze batter in a random, yet overlapping pattern. (It's all mainly a haphazard process, but crossing the batter back over itself will help it stick together when it's time to flip.) Once it's floating and golden brown (usually 60 seconds in), flip using tongs, allowing the other side to cook.
Continue cooking until desired color is achieved and remove from grease and set on a paper towel lined plate. Apply powdered sugar liberally to the top, add fruit toppings if desired and enjoy!
Note: You can use an actual funnel for this process, or even a zip top bag with one corner snipped off. Just as long as the better is able to get into the oil quickly and efficiently, that's all that really matters.
Fried Sweets via thekitchn.com
makes 40-50 snacks depending on size
1 recipe funnel cake batter
Assorted sweets, frozen for at least 1 hour prior
• Candy bars (we preferred miniature ones)
• Filled sandwich cookies
• Filled pastries
To start, you'll need a roll of paper towels, a wet towel and a dry towel. This process goes even quicker than the aforementioned funnel cake making, so you'll want to be ready to drain the oil from your foods, wash your hands and dry them all in a hurry.
We set our oil to 360°F and mixed up our batter. We kept it in a Pyrex bowl with a handle and kept it uncovered. Set out plates with paper towels, ready to catch the grease. Unwrap your snacks (you are more than welcome to make your own, more healthier versions, but part of the love of street foods is eating things that you know are ultimately bad for you right?) and set them out on a plate ready to go.
With one hand, dip your snack into the batter, roll to coat and scrape excess batter on the side of bowl. Place in fryer gently. We found it easiest to drop 6 Oreos in the batter bowl at once so they could go into the fryer in rapid succession. You can use tongs for this part, but we're more the "get dirty hands on" type and we'll stick by our guns and say using our hands worked better than tongs would have any day of the week. Just make sure to keep one hand dry at all times.
Flip foods that don't flip themselves after 30-60 seconds. Things like candy bars and Twinkies seemed to flip themselves right over and we didn't have to bother. If your deep fryer has a basket, keep it moving so the batter doesn't stick to the wire mesh.
Remove from oil, drain excess oil and place on paper towels. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and enjoy while still warm!
We have to say the mini candy bars were our favorite hands down. Dipped Oreos seemed like a waste of some good double stuff (which isn't a sentence you get to say very often), but the candy bars melted right through and became little nuggets of goo... in that good way! Baby Ruth's were the favorite of the night and became a soft soup of tasty heaven.
We did try our hand at battering full size candy bars and besides being awkward to coat fully, they seemed like a huge mouthful of food. We preferred the ratio of breading to chocolate on the smaller bite size candies.