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Nov 15, 2009 08:44 AM

Unusual Fried Food - Idea Needed

Every year for TG I try to add an unusual fried food as an appetizer. Hell, the turkey's frying and there is usually a little room left.

In the past I've done Fried Mac & Cheese, Fried Bugs, Fried bacon wrapped shrimp (Big Hit) and I want to do something new & different this year. Considered Fried Bacon, won't consider Fried Sweet Stuff, no Twinkies, Oreo's, etc.

So, if anyone has any ideas, they would be appreciated.

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  1. If you can lay your hands on a venison tenerloin, there's nothing finer than chicken fried deer.

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    1. re: James Cristinian

      Thanks James.
      I would prefer something along the lines of an Appetizer. Although I do like making Steak fingers with Venison.

      Saw a recipe for Fried Avacado, to bad I can't find a way to take out the seed, leaving a hollow core that could be stuffed with shrimp or bacon! Houston restaurant serves battered Avacado with meat and cheese, guess they put the halves back to gether somehow.

      1. re: Porscheboy

        I was watching Big Daddy on the Food Network and he did a tempura fried green bean. I think he blanched it first, but I wasn't really paying close attention.

        Big Daddy's
        6001 N Main St, Fort Worth, TX 76179

        1. re: James Cristinian

          I was going to suggest the same thing. The Neely's did a fried green bean also, but regular flour & seasonings then fry...they didn't blanch though. Another thing I tried was a tempura seedless red grape. Wow, that was good!

          1. re: Cherylptw

            Tempura green beans are the best thing on the menu at P.F. Chang's, imo. Yum.

            1. re: Cherylptw

              I watched the same program and I noticed that when Gina bit into the bean it had quite a bit of tooth to it, meaning it was uncooked. I agree, blanch the beans then fry. Or asparagus with a crucnhy light tempura batter and a dipping sauce. Yum.

              Also another favorite is shrimp toasts.

          2. re: Porscheboy

            You can also make avocado fries. They are a beautiful thing.


        2. The Texas State Fair here in Dallas is infamous for its fried foods. Last year's hit was chicken fried bacon. This year Fried Butter got all of the applause and was misrepresented as "new." Then I found a recipe for fried butter in my Larousse Gastronomique, so it was more a case of "everything old is new again."

          You might also think about Chicken Fried Pizza; a large fully loaded whole pizza cut into bite size pieces, then dipped in batter, breaded and deep fried. Chicken fried pitted kalamata olives might also be interesting. Or maybe tempura pot stickers for something more exotic?

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          1. re: Caroline1

            I was just about to suggest the same, Caroline!

            Here is a like to some fried foods used at the Texas State Fair:

          2. If the bacon-wrapped shrimp were a big hit, why not do 'em over again!

            Here's another recipe involving shrimp:


            One of my Hong-Kong style dim sum favorites is balls of chunky shrimp paste, wrapped in bacon, dusted with flour and deep-fried. You can use the shrimp paste in the recipe above, bound with just a little bit of corn starch (1/2 tsp) to make the balls.

            Good luck on your fried-food adventure!

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            1. re: shaogo

              For these concoctions, I am assuming the shrimp you use are raw?

              1. re: Sharuf

                Yes. Shrimp paste/shrimp balls/har gow filling are all made using raw shrimp.

                Your fish market may be able to get you shrimp "pieces," the shrimp that get broken in processing. Pulse that just right in the food processor, and you're on your way to a wonderfully-textured shrimp paste.

              2. re: shaogo

                The Burgerville Drive-ins - a local (excellent) chain in the Northwest - used to serve shrimp burgers. I still crave them, but they haven't had them on the menu in a long, long time. I've never seen a recipe for such a thing, but I imagine they were made using a shrimp paste binding together shrimp chunks and then deep-frying the patty.


              3. I had fried alligator nuggets a few weeks ago. I wouldn't lie awake pining for it, but it wasn't bad.

                1. WOW! What a great batch of suggestions. Previously looked at the Fried Pizza, picture showed whole slice and that's to much, but bite size is great idea. The fried Green beans is something I'm deffinately going to try on my own. Like the Fried Potstickers idea as well. Fried Alligator balls and fried boudin balls are staples in La, so not different for us.

                  Fellow foodie told me that he saw Fried Ravioli idea on TV and now I have recipie from Food Network, so believe that's my TG idea. Will use comercial Ravioli.

                  The bacon wrapped shrimp were prepared with raw bacon and raw shrimp, then marinated in Mango Juice and hot sauce. Then just before frying were sprinkled with Tony's Cajun spices. Was great hit, but like to do different every year and leave them talking about how good the _______ was in past years. By the way, the fried bugs was a hit with the kids, adults less so.

                  Keep the ideas coming.

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                  1. re: Porscheboy

                    You got kids to eat fried bugs willingly? Kudos to you! LOL.