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Deep Fried Treats - Oddball Ingredients to Bathe in Boiling Oil

My original plan for the Super Bowl was to offer only those foods that are "Official Sponsors" of the Game and/or the NFL. No one I mentioned the idea to had any interest in what I thought was a kitchy way to pull off a low labor affair. In fact, I think I probably even lost a couple potential guests when I mentioned it.

Consequently, I decided to play a bit. At my Dad's request, I'm grilling some steaks and making baked potatoes. Nevertheless, nothing says "who cares about these teams" on the last Sunday of the season quite like fried food and high fat offerings.* Buffalo-type wings are already included, as are mortadella bites (battered). One more (non-vegetable) item seems like fun. I mean once the oil's hot, it's best to play.

Mrs. Z has said "NO!" to my doing smelts or sardines in the house with folks around and I have agreed to experiment with my liverwurst idea another time. So the question is: Does anybody got anything up their sleeve that might seem particularly weird and surprising? Extra points for something you've done before and notes on the cook.

Thanks in advance . . . .

*Don't worry, I'll also put out a couple pieces of raw vegetables that will barely get touched.

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  1. There's been recent interest in deep fried chicken livers....

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    1. re: fourunder

      That's a personal favorite of mine and still in the back of my mind on the "maybe" list.

      1. re: MGZ

        There was a place that recently closed.....one of the favorites there was a Maple Glazed Bacon Donut....and isn't there a truck that's doing deep fried pork belly down in your neck of the woods?

        1. re: MGZ

          My last ideas....

          Deviled Eggs
          Pastrami or Corned Beef Reuben egg rolls

        2. re: fourunder

          I could eat the fried chicken livers like candy so delicious.

          1. re: fourunder

            "Recent" interest? You clearly don't live in the South. Fried livers and gizzards is a real old-timey treat, found on menus of meat n 3's throughout the region. Delicious, but have your cholesterol meds at the ready.

            1. re: rockycat

              Perhaps fourunder meant "recent interest" here on Chow?

              BTW, it does seem that the rest of the US has only in recent years taken notice of traditional Southern foods like chicken livers, deviled eggs, pimento cheese, Red Velvet Cake, etc. It's amusing to those of us who see these foods as mundane. But then I suppose it's long been true in the food world what's mundane to one culture is new and exciting to another.

              1. re: LorenzoGA

                Lorenzo....you would be correct...Specifically on the NJ Board....which is Where both the OP and I am from.... and clearly not in the South.

              2. re: rockycat

                More than 75% the items mentioned by others are already common place in my area, and probably elsewhere as well, but I did not see the need to call out any specific attention to that.

            2. Always wanted to try peanut butter or nutella sandwiches, cut in bite size pieces, battered and fried...also lindoor truffles, just the right size. There's also a funny bumper sticker about "battering" but that's another thread

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              1. re: BiscuitBoy

                I've deep fried those Uncrustable pb&j sandwiches and they are surprising tasty! I fried them as they came, plain, but others have told me they battered them first. Either way, couldn't be easier.

              2. Deep fry some battered banana chunks, serve with butter/brown sugar/Myers Rum sauce.
                You're welcome.

                1. Queso dip mac & cheese balls. I think this would solve the problem I have every year - the Velveeta congeals approximately 12 seconds after it comes out of the microwave.

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                  1. re: small h

                    Mac n Cheese balls was going to be my suggestion too.

                    1. Scotch eggs
                      Cheese curds
                      Mars bars

                      1. Pecan Pie
                        Cadbury Crème Eggs
                        Spaghetti and meatballs
                        Frog legs
                        Shrimp corndog
                        Spinach and cheese Hot Pockets

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                        1. re: carolinadawg

                          I almost never have deep fried foods but the time we ordered avocado fries?? I those were awesome!! Sprinkled with a chili salt of some kind...

                        2. pizza
                          mars bars or other chocolate confection.

                          1. tempura shrimp and onion rings

                            1. I don't know about odd ball but if you want seriously delicious than think croquettes, arancini and the like. Croquettes can be, basically, anything you like. A combination of favorite proteins and cheeses bound together with mashed potatoes, shaped and dredged in fine bread crumbs and fried. Served with a sauce or not. Arancini use a binder of (usually leftover) risotto again stuffed with whatever protein and a piece of cheese in the center then rolled in bread crumbs and deep fried. Lovely stuff and you can make them as "oddball" as you like.

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                              1. re: KateBChi

                                I was going to suggest risotto too.

                              2. there's a tapas bar I like in Barcelona that wraps 1.5" lengths of decent quality hot dog with thinly sliced potato, skewers and fries til the potato is chip-like. Pretty good, easy and fun

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                                  1. re: caganer

                                    Jersey-style, deep fried hot dogs were kinda the inspiration for the mortadella bites. Maybe I should think about wrapping them in potato slices?

                                    1. re: MGZ

                                      I'm contributing two Copy-Cat recipes(among many a few others.., for the Deep Fried Hot Dogs

                                      Johnny and Hange's Cherry Pepper
                                      Rutt's Hut Cabbage

                                    2. Chicken necks do well as do the pope's nose. if you can get pig's ears, they're crisp and awesome.

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                                      1. re: treb

                                        I've got a call into a butcher in Asbury about the pig's ears. Not sure if they're available, but it sounds like a blast for the crew I have coming over.

                                        1. re: MGZ

                                          You could probably get the pig's ears in most Latin or Asian markets if you have any nearby

                                      2. Deep-fried ravioli is an excellent football-watching food with Your favorite red sauce to dunk them in.

                                        1. Rocky Mountain Oysters

                                          Dip in egg wash, dredge in seasoned Panko (Old Bay Seasoning works well) then just fry away.

                                          If you want to go haute cuisine on your guests, slice and do a "second fry" to make twice-fried Rocky Mountain oyster chips and serve with guacamole and some good pico de gallo.

                                          (For what it's worth, I'm doing deep-fried fish eyeballs for our SB get-together.)

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                                            1. re: ipsedixit

                                              Hmmm and here I thought my late FIL and late husband were the only ones radical enough to dine on fish eye balls:)They loved to terrorize me with weird food. Pig snout....blood pudding....drinking raw eggs....foraged mushrooms.....fish head soup with eyeballs.

                                              1. re: ipsedixit

                                                How did you manage to gather enough eyeballs?!

                                                1. re: seamunky


                                                  Bring a case of beer. Get a bag of eyeballs.

                                              2. I don't know how well this would work for a Super Bowl party - altho I suppose you do 'em slider-style - but a while back, I convinced the short-order cook at a place where we used to take coffee breaks to make a typical breakfast sandwich (fried egg, bacon, and cheese on an English muffin), dip it in batter and deep fry it, then smother it in sausage gravy. It was heavenly. Mrs. ricepad says I can't order another one of those until I lose at least 15 lbs.

                                                1. Great ideas!

                                                  When I buy fresh baby octopus from the Asian market they are bathed in olive oil, no parboil, just a warm olive oil and garlicky bath. As they darken in color, I pull them out and toss hot with spinach and greens and enjoy. Odorless, cept the garlic but who doesn't love garlic!!

                                                  1. Are you committed to baked potatoes? 'Cause deep fried pierogies served alongside some mustard, herbed sour cream or applesauce is darn tasty too.

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                                                    1. re: HillJ

                                                      It's Dad's birthday as well, so his "thick steak and baked potato" request is kinda the jumping off point. Besides their pretty damned easy . . . .

                                                      1. re: MGZ

                                                        Ah, Happy B-day Dad. Have a ball!

                                                    2. I made these beignets de Vinzel not too long ago - they were one of the best things to ever come out of fry oil in my kitchen. http://fxcuisine.com/?Display=133

                                                      I also had a croquette of sorts a few years back that I keep meaning to try to recreate - it had goat cheese, bacon and caramelized onion in it, but these ingredients were bound together with bechamel. I can only assume that they deep-chilled it (or froze it) before shaping, breading and frying so that it would be bread-able, but when you bit into it, it oozed like nothing else I've ever had. It made me think that a lot of other bechamel-based goodies might be good breaded and fried. Creamed spinach, perhaps? ;)

                                                      1. Not tried it myself but would as it sounds so wrong it must be right. Gherkin wrapped in haggis (probably need some beaten egg to bind the haggis) and coated in panko breadcrumbs.

                                                        1. apple or pineapple tempura

                                                          Are you committed to no vegetables? Vegetable tempura is so good and still delightfully junky -- okra, squash, zucchini, cauliflower, broccoli, mushroom.

                                                          1. Crab Rangoon. Or just cream cheese filled wontons. A restaurant in WDW serves them up with pineapple chunks on skewers with a yogurt or honey drizzle.

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                                                            1. re: Jerseygirl111

                                                              Just what I was going to suggest. Mr Rat got the fever to make Crab Rangoon a few months ago and they were great, but we ended up being unable to finish eating all of them, they're so rich. They'd be perfect for a crowd.

                                                            2. Get some wonton wrappers and fill them with your favourite flavours - pizza toppings or taco meat and cheese. Put out an appropriate dip.
                                                              Don't forget to make some sweet ones - banana slices and nutella, berries and slightly sweetened cream cheese, or just use them to wrap up mini chocolate bars!

                                                              1. I don't believe its been mentioned but deep fried ice cream could be fun. You could go the easier route by using the bite sized ice cream 'candies' sold in the freezer section.

                                                                Deep fried pickles and pickled jalapeños. Though fresh peppers are excellent as well. Most serve it with ranch but the options are endless.

                                                                1. On a side note what do you use to deep fry? A countertop fryer? the stove? I can't keep oil hot enough in my DO to make fries so I was wondering what works for you.

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                                                                  1. re: iheartcooking

                                                                    If I’m indoors, I use a Dutch Oven on the stovetop’s big burner. Now, however, the weather report is for much more pleasant weather here in NJ tomorrow, so I’ll probably use the turkey fryer out back (which is really my preferred technique – keeps me near the grill and the smell out of the house). Good news is better weather opens up the possibility of frying oily fish. Bad news is that the Super Bowl won’t get played in the weather it should be played in.

                                                                  2. Not from the fryer but a cool idea, I ate @ this fairly famous pizzeria/restaurant the other night, Patricia's in The Bronx, NY.
                                                                    They gave every table a small, maybe 7-8", super thin pizza margarita. Just dough, charred in their wood fired oven, topped with fresh mozzarella, fresh basil and chopped tomatoes. I couldn't figure out how they got the dough so thin. I thought maybe they rolled it through a pasta machine? I asked the waiter what their "secret" was and he told me it was a flour tortilla. Simple, quick & brilliant! I replicated it yesterday. I used a hot cast iron pan to char the first side then I flipped it and added the toppings. I had to cover the pan @ this point to melt everything before the bottom burned. You could also do the last step under a broiler. I'm making this for my next party.
                                                                    About your concerns about deep frying with a crow around. I keep my deep fryer outside in the cooler months. It has a double benefit. It preserves the oil and keeps the stink outside.I like deep fried breaded baby back ribs, shrimp, scallops, calamari, batter dipped cod or pollock, chicken breast chunks, Indian pakora (vegetable fritters) little pizza frites are great & cheap. You can get pizza dough balls @ most supermarkets, fresh or frozen.

                                                                    1. Deep fried eggplant/ground veal-heart fritters in a sweet beer-batter. Twice breaded Halibut cheeks with a Panco crust and a creme fraiche, fresh dill dip. Deep fried watermelon rind pickles in a honey/ginger batter and vanilla bean ice cream on the side. Paramedics optional.

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                                                                      1. Not odd, but dead easy and delicious -- firecracker shrimp.

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                                                                        1. re: DebinIndiana

                                                                          Made with wonton wrappers? I like them dipped in sweet chili sauce.

                                                                          1. re: c oliver

                                                                            I use egg roll wrappers -- no difference. Pretty much like this: http://www.steamykitchen.com/72-crisp...

                                                                            and yes on the sweet chili sauce. I love the stuff. You could put out several jarred dipping sauces. Or a homemade one based on the killer shrimp soup/sauce might be very good.

                                                                            1. re: DebinIndiana

                                                                              In addition to being great tasting, for some reason, they seem to have a certain wow factor. A friend said "You MADE those????" :)

                                                                              1. re: DebinIndiana

                                                                                Picked up some shrimp and wrappers this morning for a little snack during the game. Thanks for the reminder.

                                                                          2. Definately pickles- battered first.
                                                                            Dill pickles- but don't buy the chips! You gotta slice the whole one, those presliced chips are always rubbery.

                                                                            1. Do a dessert...

                                                                              Fried Snickers (or any other candy bar wrapped in dough)
                                                                              Fried ice cream (not quite sure that this would hold up well for very long)

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                                                                              1. re: jbsiegel

                                                                                Deep-fried cookie dough. (Rolled into balls & frozen, then battered & fried.)

                                                                              2. Fried wonton served with plum sauce (not just the skins)
                                                                                Prawn crackers (colour chips you get from the Chinese stores that puff up)
                                                                                Fried pickles
                                                                                Scotch eggs

                                                                                1. Well, the attendee list for the Jim Zorn/John Elway Bowl is down to five guys and Mrs. Z. It seems that when folks who know you can cook think you're offering up nothing but Bud Light, Pepsi Co. products, Sabra hummus, and Campbell's Chunky Soups, they make other plans. All good from my vantage - what better way to watch the game than with four other fellas who played ball through college and think that when God said he rested on the seventh day, it suggested a license to forego fiber and cholesterol issues while feeling free to burp and fart whenever Joe Buck opens his mouth (Do you think Aikman's wife cringes every time Joe swoons over Troy?)

                                                                                  The frying issue was resolved ten minutes ago when I received a text message from one of the guys that he has two blackfish on board. A little dredge in corn starch and those little swimmers are goin' in whole at halftime. That may only be four eyeballs and four cheeks, but it's a fun finish to the frying. (Which reminds me that I need to make some scallion/ginger sauce or something.)

                                                                                  If anyone should care, the wings (whole wings, like Allah made 'em) will get perfumed with an hour or so of cherry smoke before dipping into the oil. Sauce will be a basic Buffalo 50/50 with some ground, dried habanero, arbol, and Carolina Reaper. My blue cheese dressing is really just olive oil, egg yolk, and blue cheese blended together. There will be a stalk of celery hidden in the fridge for the lady.

                                                                                  I decided the mortadella should be corn dog style. Just cut some hunks, skewer, and dip in the batter. I thought about using a cookie cutter, but somehow, slightly irregular pieces seem more appropriate. Ketchup and mustard from squeeze bottles, optional.

                                                                                  When you throw in the NY Strips, baked potatoes, and a birthday cake we picked up for my Pop, I think I'm good. After all, there's always delivery pizza if anybody's blood sugar gets low.

                                                                                  Thanks, everyone, for chiming in. I plan to look back at this thread when I feel the urge to ruin some peanut oil again. I really like the idea of fried sweets, but, after two whole blackfish get crispy, I'm not sure that there's enough homemade beer in the world to make any sugary treat taste too good.

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                                                                                  1. re: MGZ

                                                                                    Aikman is single, fwiw. What's a blackfish? Is there another name for it?

                                                                                    1. re: carolinadawg

                                                                                      Blackfish are also referred to as "togs". short for tautogs. It's actually a bit late in the season for them given how cold the water is, but there are still a few around.

                                                                                      As to Aikman bein' single, you not only ruined the joke and made Buck's puppylove seem even weirder, but, I can't help but wonder, why would you possibly know that?

                                                                                      1. re: MGZ

                                                                                        Because rumors and discussions involving Aikman's "personal life" are ubiquitous fodder in the press and on sports talk radio. It also make Bucks "puppy love" make perfect sense, lol.

                                                                                        Your question to me about it seems unnecessarily unfriendly.

                                                                                        1. re: carolinadawg

                                                                                          Just curious. No need to take it any other way. It just seemed such a random fact to raise in response to a joke. I guess I don't pay enough attention to "sports talk."

                                                                                          1. re: MGZ

                                                                                            Guess not. Nor much other news/current events/pop culture.

                                                                                    2. re: MGZ

                                                                                      Apparently, I was wrong about how much homemade beer it would take. Given how dreadful the game was, and the fact that discussing the Frontline special on the NFL was too depressing to continue, we returned to the fryer with a box of assorted Valentine's Day chocolates hastily procured from 7-11. After dipping each one in the leftover corn batter and popping off at around 375, everyone was willing to try. The consensus was two-fold: "Not as bad as I thought it would be" (there was an undeniable hint of fish permeating the batter) and "Those rasberry creams even suck fried'" (thus debunking the myth that everything tastes better fried)

                                                                                    3. We did a barbecue competition years ago. One of my teammates brought along his turkey fryer. We got a little silly with Mars bars, fried pickles, fried deviled eggs. The best ever was ABTs that had been on the smoker for a couple hours, then beer battered and fried. Astonishingly good.

                                                                                      1. It might be a little late in the day but Gulab Jamun would fit the bill. There are recipes on line and also in Andrea Nguyen's dumpling book.
                                                                                        They are a dessert from India. It is made with powdered milk made into firm doughy balls. Deep fried until golden and then soaked in a sugar syrup and topped with pistachios. I made them for a party and 2 friends whose husbands are sugar addicted. I thought they were going to go into the dish face first.

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                                                                                        1. re: Candy

                                                                                          When we first married, I made gulab jamun so much that I OD'd Mr Pine on them forever. If you like that sugar rush, try jelebies.

                                                                                        2. I had fried chicken skins at Husk in Nashville, TN last summer. They were buttermilk soaked, dredged in seasoned flour and deep fried. Drain and serve with honey mixed with Frank's hot sauce to taste. It was impossible not to finish the plate.

                                                                                          I get the skins from a local butcher who would normally discard the skins when preparing boned and skinless chicken.

                                                                                          No they are not fatty! If you skin a chicken you won't find fat clinging to the skin, it is on the meat.