Most home chefs have a list of cooking techniques that every cook should know. The list includes basics like baking and stove-top cooking. But only a percentage elite and adventurous home chefs including deep frying or pan frying techniques in their home recipe cache. And it's not because frying is particularly hard. But rather, fried foods are so delicious, once you start making these dishes you don't want to stop. But all kidding assign, you should have a few easy recipes for onion rings, pop…
ers, or even falafel on hand for when you're having guests, if there's a special celebration, or if the family is just in the mood for Southern fried chicken night.
Deep Frying Recipes
When you think of fried foods, you might instantly start craving French fries, chicken-fried steak, calamari, and chicken wings. These dishes are pretty commonly available in most restaurants that serve regular American food. But what happens when you're home, and you're in the mood for a wholesome plate of crispy fried chicken? Well, you'll just have to make it. Here are some step-by-step instructions for the correct way to fry food at home. These instructions work for a home deep fryer, or if you're using a deep fry pot with a basket insert.
For both appliances, fill with oil that has a high smoke point (olive oil has a low smoke point. Use vegetable oil, sunflower oil, or peanut oil.). If you're using a stovetop pot, fill halfway. For a home fryer, fill to the point indicated in the instructions.
Turn on the deep fryer or put the stove burner on medium-high to high. The oil is ready for frying when the temperature reaches 375-degrees F to 440-degrees F -- which you can check with a thermometer.
Prevent the cooking oil splattering by pat drying all food with a lint-free paper towel to remove any moisture. Put food in the basket. (We suggest doing this about a foot away from the fryer. You don't want to make any mistakes around hot oil.)
Once you place the basket in the oil, your food will cook very quickly. And some foods -- depending on size and density -- will be finished in a snap. So don't walk away.
When you remove the basket, put the searing-hot food onto a dish covered in a few layers of paper towels and let the food cool and drain. Or use a food rack for cooling and draining.
Here are some chicken recipes you can fry on your own at home:
Crispy Chicken Wings
Crispy chicken wings total time cooking is up to an hour, including preparation and cooling. Marinate chicken wing pieces in your sauce of choice. For a Korean-inspired spread, use sesame or peanut oil, rice wine, soy sauce, and a small amount of sugar. Heat oil to 350-degrees F. When you drop the basket into the oil, it will take the wings about 7 minutes to cook through. If you're frying more than one basket of wings, allow the oil a few minutes to get back up to the recommended temperature.
Buttermilk Fried Chicken
Buttermilk fried chicken takes about an hour to cook, including prep time. Whisk together buttermilk and egg. Then fully dunk chicken into the buttermilk mixture, roll through a combination of plain flour, cornflour (or use breadcrumbs from the supermarket), with some added garlic to taste. When oil heats up to 335-degrees F, place the food in the basket and insert into the fryer. Allow the chicken pieces to cook for 10 to 12 minutes, until golden brown. When the meat inside reaches 165-degrees F, it's finished cooking. Place on a rack to drain and cool.
Make a buttermilk dipping sauce to go with your fried chicken using buttermilk, mayo, sour cream, Worcestershire sauce, and garlic. Add some black pepper to taste.
Pan Fried Recipes
Pan fried recipes differ from deep-fat frying because you're not fully submerging the food in oil. And you also have to flip your food in a frying pan, so it cooks evenly on both sides. You can still bread and batter your food -- or merely make a tasty spice rub-- and it will still have a satisfying crunch and golden brown texture. While neither of these cooking techniques are especially very healthy, the pan-frying method is by far better for you. Pan frying is excellent for fish, meat, and vegetables.
Pan Fried Potatoes
An alternative to deep-fried French fries is pan-fried potatoes. The thinner you cut the potatoes, the crispier they'll turn out. Use baby Yukon Gold potatoes and cut them roughly the size of a half dollar, no more than 1/4-inch thick. Place the pan on a medium-high flame and add a thin layer of vegetable oil. After a few minutes, place your potatoes in the pan. If you're using herbs, like rosemary or thyme, add it to the pan with the potatoes. But if you're using spices, put them in the pan during the last few minutes of cooking. Once the bottom of the potatoes are crusty, after roughly 4 or 5 minutes, flip over all the pieces and let them cook for another 4 to 5 minutes. Sprinkle in any spices you want to add, like garlic powder or paprika, and let cook another 2 minutes. Place the pan-fried potatoes on a rack to cool and drain.
Pan fried potatoes are a perfect side dish for your buttermilk fried chicken.
No one forgets the first time they eat funnel cake at a county or state fair. Have you ever wondered why funnel cakes are just for these special occasions? Let's change that!
To make the old-fashioned funnel cake batter, in a large bowl, beat milk and eggs. Separately, mix all-purpose flour, baking powder, and a dash of salt. Then combine your wet and dry batches. Once the oil in the skillet or deep fryer heats to 375-degrees F, pour the batter into the oil in a swirling motion. After just a few minutes, when the funnel cake turns golden brown, remove from the pan and let cool and drain on a rack. Sprinkle with confectioner's sugar and enjoy!
If you like that one, then you should browse recipes for other amazing fried desserts. Have you ever tried fried ice cream? You wouldn't believe how easy it is to make. Simply freeze scoops of ice cream until they're completely firm (at least an hour in the freezer). Then roll the frozen scoops in cornflake crumbs with a little sweetener or cinnamon. Freeze again, but this time for several hours or overnight. Drop them, one at a time, into the fryer at 375-degrees F and leave for no more than 8 to 10 seconds. Serve right away. You can garnish with whipped cream, chocolate sauce, drizzle some honey over the top, or eat as is!