Saturday, June 23, 2007

The universal cooking method

In theory, just about anything can be deep-fried, as long as it’s reasonably solid and has a high combustion point. And a surprising variety can then be placed in your mouth, though sometimes a little courage is required...

For a good deep-fried olive, for instance, head to the Los Angeles County Fair in Pomona where deep-fried strawberries and avocados can also be sampled. The San Diego County Fair offers squid on a stick and deep-fried alligator. In Florida, deep-fried pickle slices are called Frickles. Or head to the Texas State Fair where a visionary named Abel Gonzales Jr. was able to create deep-fried Coke last year by mixing soda pop into the batter and then covering the result with cola syrup, cinnamon-sugar, whipped cream and a cherry. (Mr. Gonzales had won the fair’s top taste award the year before, as well, for a deep-fried peanut butter, jelly and banana sandwich.)...

No slight to Texas, but it is the Minnesota State Fair that may well be the epicenter of stick and hot-oil cuisine. Spaghetti-and-meatballs on a stick. Deep-fried Oreos and Twinkies. Alligator sausage on a stick. Deep-fried cheese curds. Pork chops on a stick. Wild rice corndogs. Pizza on a stick. Deep-fried chocolate chip cookies on a stick. Grapes. Pineapples. Both honeydew and cantaloupe melons.
--Rick Lyman, NYT, on the greatness of deep frying

2 comments:

A. Tsai said...

hmmm. i see he didn't mention the "calf fries" you can get in missouri.

fried testicles, that is. yumm.

Sophist said...

mmmmmm, wild-rice corndogs. Could there be anything better?

I have had deep fried twinkies - they're only ok.