If we’ve learned one thing about food in the past few years, it’s that if it exists, someone will find a way to deep-fry it. The results aren’t always delicious, but they sure are fun.
If you want to deep-fry something that’s never been deep-fried before, all it takes is a little creative ingenuity. Want to deep-fry beer? Just enclose it in a ravioli pocket first. Kool-Aid? Soak some cake in the stuff, then batter and fry it. Or how about pizza or bacon? Heck, that’s easy; just batter either and throw it into the bubbling oil!
While it might sound relatively easy to deep-fry something, it’s not always as easy as dropping something into hot oil. The moisture content of the food needs to be taken into account (the batter can slide right off if it’s too wet), as does the temperature of the oil. You’ll also need to figure out whether you should use batter or breading. But the trial-and-error process is all a part of the fun, and when you finally hit the nail on the head you could find yourself the center of some serious culinary attention.
Professional chefs tend to not spend too much time trying to figure out crazy things to deep-fry, so this honorable task is generally left to the amateurs and small-time restaurant owners, who show off their skills at state and county fairs. Most of the craziest things ever fried are sold at state fairs yearly, in fact, so if you want to get in on the craziness, plan on visiting one. In the meantime, you can whet your appetite with this list of bizarre deep-fried foods.
A relatively simple batter, lightened up with some seltzer, can turn balls of cookie dough into a crazy and caloric dessert that’s become a state fair favorite. Here’s a recipe.
This article was originally published September 18, 2014.