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Mar 24, 2009 07:26 AM

Most unhealthy thing you have seen or eaten

I was in Mexico City and a street vendor was selling chicharone quesadilla. This was composed of dried pork rind, wrapped in a fatty pastry and deep fried. I am certain that with some salt I would have enjoyed it. On the other hand, like smoking, it should be banned.

Deep fried Mars bars must be right up there as well. I have only had half of one. When I am terminally ill and do not have to worry about addiction I shall have a full one.

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  1. Recently, I felt most sinful eating Ina Garten's sticky buns. A stick and a half of butter on top of puff pastry?! They are sooooo good though.

    1. Chicken tenders coated in batter and potato chips, then deep fried. Just looking at it makes me cringe..

      1. A great sportsbar here in Pittsburgh Jerome Bettis place. Great menu you can eat has good or bad as you like. On the dark side he has Itailian or meatball subs that are batter dipped and deep fried!


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        1. re: don515

          I have yet to see a town commit so fully to deliciously bad for you food as Pittsburgh has. Where else will your typical dinner salad come with a handful of french fries on top?

          1. re: don515

            I've had the Triple D burger at Joe's Gizzard City that was invented by Guy Fieri. It was great.
            Same idea.


          2. Years ago a good friend of mine's dad was an Oakie from the depression era he would have biscuits made with lard and dunk them it bacon grease, bread dough fried in lard and doused with molases. God bless him it was just the way those poor folks had to eat back then.

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            1. re: mrbigshotno.1

              And it is the way my father chooses to eat today! - poor mom has issues with cholesterol and is on a strict diet yet dad's is fine and he can eat this stuff

              1. re: juliewong

                Oddly enough, biscuits made with lard are usually less fattening, not because their calorific values are less, but because people only eat one or two instead of demolishing half a packet.

            2. I saw Paula Deen deep fry a ham on TV

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              1. re: laliz

                She pretty much deep fries everything. In one episode she threatened to deep fry her son if he kept cracking jokes!

                1. re: cheesecake17

                  She deep-fries mac and cheese! I don't use any of her recipes.

                  1. re: bayoucook

                    I've made several of her desserts- all were delicious- but the amount of butter was insane!

                    1. re: bayoucook

                      Once saw her deep-fry chocolate cake...made me want to vomit.

                      1. re: jay27

                        She'll deep fry anything that will fit into the fryer!

                  2. re: laliz

                    I am confused, so was Paula Deen the unhealthiest thing you ever saw, or was it the deep fried ham?

                    1. re: MattInNJ

                      the ham

                      of course, I hadn't heard about the deep fried mac and cheese until now

                      1. re: laliz

                        Don't forgoet. She wrapped it in bacon before frying it.

                        1. re: laliz

                          Did you see the episode where she tops a slice of cheesecake with chocolate and then deep fries it?


                          1. re: Amuse Bouches

                            I'm sorry, it just doesn't get better than deep-frying BUTTER.


                            1. re: Wahooty

                              Paula Deen should be the spokesman for Lipitor. I have read about her deep-fried butter balls on this site, but I (incorrectly!) assumed it was a joke, given Paula's penchant for all things butter. WOW.

                              1. re: kattyeyes

                                Everyone I mention or show that recipe to responds with, "wow...I thought people were joking about that..." :)

                                I like to use that one as an illustration of her penchant for putting cream cheese in EVERYTHING. Even fried butter requires it. :)

                                1. re: Wahooty

                                  The craziest thing I ever saw her do was make a breakfast sandwich, where she made her own sausage, then proceeded to make the sandwich... out of two krispy kreme donuts. no joke. the donuts were the bread.

                                  i love fatty foods but even i was horrified. i think i even squeaked out loud.

                              2. re: Wahooty

                                I guess you could substitute margarine for the butter to make this more unhealthy; can't think of too many other ways to make it worse though. Lard? Crisco? Maybe add some sugar? or HFCS? Petroleum products? Maybe a dash of plutonium, for flavor? This has got to be close to the ultimate unhealthy dish.

                        2. re: laliz

                          Did you ever catch a UK cookery program in the States called "Two Fat Ladies"? They really understood butter.

                          1. re: Paulustrious

                            I loved them! Butter was their favorite ingredient. Their accents were fabulous too..

                            1. re: cheesecake17

                              Didn't they cook a head of lettuce in butter? They also understood "proper bacon."

                              1. re: LA Buckeye Fan

                                I don't remember that.. but I remember them bantering about frying a stick of butter in butter- or something like that.

                                1. re: cheesecake17

                                  I'd forgotten them...I loved "Two Fat Ladies"!!!!!