At our house we occasionally like to celebrate when there is no holiday or nothing to really celebrate. We like to eat special foods and do certain activities that we wouldn’t normally do except for on holidays. It’s nice to have a break from “normal” every once in a while. So this past month we broke the normalcy with “Fry-Day”!
One Friday evening when we had nothing else going on, the Hubs and I, and my brother and is girlfriend, decided to try out the new deep fryer. And so we created “Fry-Day”. We tried all sorts of fried foods, some homemade, some store bought. It was so delicious. But also quite gross! We all felt kinda sick afterwards. Don’t worry, it was the good kind of sick that you get from eating too much delicious food. Even still, we will not be participating in “Fry-Day” for quite a while. But it was sure fun while it lasted. Here’s what was on our menu!
Beer-Battered Mozzarella Sticks:
We found these at Sam’s Club in the frozen section. They are super easy to fry! In all honesty, none of us were huge on the Beer-Battering. I think we would have all preferred just the regular cheesy, delicious, mozzarella sticks (also found at Sam’s Club in the frozen section). Follow the frying instructions on the box. We dipped them in homemade marinara sauce. (Basically pizza sauce – tomato sauce with some Italian seasoning – heated on the stove if desired.)
Crunchy Butterfly Shrimp:
These delicious shrimp were also found in the frozen section of Sam’s Club. They are “fry only” which I’m pretty sure makes them the best kind to get. :) Everyone who tried the shrimp loved them (it’s a shame for those sad souls who don’t like shrimp. . .). Follow the frying instructions on the box. We dipped the shrimp in homemade cocktail sauce. (Main part Ketchup, a little bit of horseradish, a bit of lemon juice, and a pinch of salt – all to taste. I know that is vague, but if you know what cocktail sauce tastes like, you’ll figure it out. Just go easy on the horseradish and lemon juice to start with.)
Homemade fries can be just as delicious as (or better than) fast food fries if you know how to do them right. We made ours fairly simple. Here’s the basic rundown:
- Peel and slice potatoes into desired thickness of fries
- Soak in cold water for 1+ hours
- Pat dry with a paper towel right before frying
- Fry for at least 5 minutes at 350 degrees (or until the desired golden-brown)
- Pull out of fryer onto paper towel to drain (pat off oil if desired)
- Top with your choice of seasoned salt
Some of our fries seemed to take forever in the fryer! But the nice thing was that if we forgot about them, they didn’t burn too quick! We dipped our fries in homemade fry-sauce. (That’s equal parts Mayo and Ketchup! – some people also add barbecue sauce)
Homemade Fried Pickles:
Our fried pickles turned out wonderful! We had never made them before and decided to try a few different ways to make them. Here is the basic method for each kind.
- For all the different ways we tried pickles, we first patted off the extra juices with a paper towel
- 1st Pickle: Roll the pickles in seasoned flour (This method did not turn out so well)
- 2nd Pickle: Roll the pickles in seasoned flour – dip in egg – then roll in seasoned bread crumbs
- 3rd Pickle: Roll the pickles in seasoned flour – dip in egg – then roll in seasoned flour again
The pickles only needed to be fried for about 3 minutes at 350 degrees. We dipped these delicious fried pickles in Tzatziki Dressing. Here is a little rhyme to help you remember how to make these pickles! (Written by my brother)
- Pat it
- Then roll it
- Then mark it with a “(insert favorite letter here)”
- And throw it in the fryer so we can be obese!
Cinnamon Sugar Donut Holes:
By this point we had had enough fried foods, but we couldn’t stop without dessert! These were really easy to make and super delicious, even after they had sat for a while.
- Roll out store bought biscuit dough
- Cut into small squares or cut out small circles with a cookie cutter (we used a small heart-shaped cookie cutter)
- Fry in deep fryer for about 3 minutes or until golden brown (may have to flip halfway)
- Allow to drain, then roll in melted butter, then in cinnamon sugar
- Enjoy while warm (that’s when they are best)
Even though “Fry-Day” made us a little uncomfortable in our middle sections, it was a great way to spend the evening. Since we were eating as food came out of the fryer we spent about 2 hours total doing dinner. I believe that there is no better way to bond and create relationships than over delicious food. :) Happy eating!