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2007/08/27 18:37:06 (permalink)

Favorite Fried Snacks?

Hi Everyone!

I'm wondering what snacks everyone out there enjoys fried?

Here in New England, the time for fairs is rolling around and the Big E is one of the most popular. I've heard of many people tasting different sorts of food that is fried.

I've always wanted to try Deep Fried candy bars, twinkies and oreos (I hear they have them in Vegas).

I LOVE fried pickles and chicken!

What's your favorite?
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    RE: Favorite Fried Snacks? 2007/08/27 19:26:05 (permalink)
    That Cajun/TX/TN specialty, hog cracklins! Real cardiologist-friendly stuff. . . .
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    RE: Favorite Fried Snacks? 2007/08/28 09:36:49 (permalink)
    I have become addicted to the fried pickles and though not always typically considered a fried snack I love fried green tomatoes.

    I have tried the fried candy bars and they are OK but nothing special (at least to me).

    You gotta love the funnel cakes (a must at a street fair) and I also like the long fried potatoes (sometimes called Texas Tators, Gator Tators, etc.). When they come out of the fryer hot and greasy and then add salt they are to die for.

    And last my not least I like homemade fried pies. My granny use to make the best banana fried pies.
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    RE: Favorite Fried Snacks? 2007/08/28 09:41:22 (permalink)
    I actually heard from someone that now at a Michigan fair they are offering Fried Spaghetti and Meatball! I guess the vendor is putting a meatball on a stick, twirling the spaghetti around the meatball, rolling it in batter and then deep frying it! At first it sounded kinda gross to me but then I imagined it would be similar to eating the breading that comes with chicken parm....would anyone else eat this?
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    RE: Favorite Fried Snacks? 2007/08/28 09:53:27 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by Foxyfishy14

    I actually heard from someone that now at a Michigan fair they are offering Fried Spaghetti and Meatball! I guess the vendor is putting a meatball on a stick, twirling the spaghetti around the meatball, rolling it in batter and then deep frying it! At first it sounded kinda gross to me but then I imagined it would be similar to eating the breading that comes with chicken parm....would anyone else eat this?


    No.

    But then I'm from Southeast New England and I probably wouldn't eat spaghetti and meatballs at a fair in Michigan.

    I don't have a high tolerance for these fried snacks. Gotta have my fried clams from time to time, of course, and if there's good fried chicken around I'm on it. I'd like to try one of the old McD's fried apple pies again, to see if it's as good as I thought when I was a kid. But even in my teens I recognized the heartburn effect and started limiting my intake of RI clam cakes (essentially a ball of fried dough with hunks of chopped clam inside).

    I'd have to split a fried Snickers, Twinkie or whatever with three other people. Hardly seems worth it, so I reserve my fried intake for the stuff I really like.
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    RE: Favorite Fried Snacks? 2007/08/29 08:02:56 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by Foxyfishy14

    Hi Everyone!

    I'm wondering what snacks everyone out there enjoys fried?

    Here in New England, the time for fairs is rolling around and the Big E is one of the most popular. I've heard of many people tasting different sorts of food that is fried.

    I've always wanted to try Deep Fried candy bars, twinkies and oreos (I hear they have them in Vegas).

    I LOVE fried pickles and chicken!

    What's your favorite?



    Deep fried oreos are great. To me, they taste just like a chocolate zeppole-yummy
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    RE: Favorite Fried Snacks? 2007/08/29 08:33:28 (permalink)
    SassyGritsAl, Would you do a fellow Alabamian a favor and share your grandmother's recipe for banana fried pies ?
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    RE: Favorite Fried Snacks? 2007/08/29 10:16:06 (permalink)
    Oreos over twinkie. I'm beginning to think it has something to do with size. 1 oreo or two is perfect - more is too much. A whole twinkie...no, I've split one and it still didn't impress me. I have had bite sized milky way also in funnel cake like batter - so good.

    Favorite over all fried is thin onion rings or onion strings. Put them on everything or alone. It is the salsa of fried foods.
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    RE: Favorite Fried Snacks? 2007/08/29 10:44:35 (permalink)
    Cracklins (or gratons as we call them)for me!
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    RE: Favorite Fried Snacks? 2007/08/29 10:59:48 (permalink)
    I have to give another vote for cracklin's, also okra(it's snack to me!)along with corn on the cob.....especially in the later evening hours.
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    RE: Favorite Fried Snacks? 2007/08/29 11:05:54 (permalink)
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    Cracklins (or gratons as we call them)for me!
    Hey, Cy! If you're ever up Natchitoches way, give me a call.
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    RE: Favorite Fried Snacks? 2007/08/29 11:29:19 (permalink)
    I sure will, although with a one year old, three pre-teens, and life as an assistant principal (football games, etc...) I don't get to "travel" as much as I'd like.

    Fried okra is great too! My neighbor just brought me five gallons of fresh picked, and after "processing" half for gumbo, I ate more than I should have fried.
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    RE: Favorite Fried Snacks? 2007/08/29 12:04:30 (permalink)
    what are cracklins?
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    RE: Favorite Fried Snacks? 2007/08/29 12:11:24 (permalink)
    Cracklins are fried pork skins. The best ones have a thin layer of meat left on them. After butchering a hog, the skin and fat are "boiled down" (rendered), usually starting with a little water. As they cook, the cracklins rise to the top of the lard and are skimmed off. In south Louisiana we tend to season them liberally with salt and cayenne or creole seasoning, although some of the best I've ever had were just seasoned with salt. Definately not health food, but great (in moderation) with a beer or two.
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    RE: Favorite Fried Snacks? 2007/08/29 12:28:22 (permalink)
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    Cracklins are fried pork skins. The best ones have a thin layer of meat left on them. After butchering a hog, the skin and fat are "boiled down" (rendered), usually starting with a little water. As they cook, the cracklins rise to the top of the lard and are skimmed off. In south Louisiana we tend to season them liberally with salt and cayenne or creole seasoning, although some of the best I've ever had were just seasoned with salt. Definately not health food, but great (in moderation) with a beer or two.

    Goose or duck skin/fat also makes good cracklins.
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    RE: Favorite Fried Snacks? 2007/08/29 12:47:42 (permalink)
    I never had cracklins from any other animal but pig.

    Is there a different process for making them and what do they taste like (if it's possible to describe)?
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    RE: Favorite Fried Snacks? 2007/08/29 12:52:24 (permalink)
    FoxyFishy,
    Another great thread!
    Ahhh, fried snacks! My favorite downfall.
    cheese sticks
    shrimp
    well done onion rings
    jalapeno poppers
    fried corn tortillas and the list goes on...

    I live in Michigan and have never heard of fried spaghetti & meatball. I may have to pass on that and go for the cheese-on-a-stick and an Elephant Ear!
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    RE: Favorite Fried Snacks? 2007/08/29 13:25:33 (permalink)
    Zeppolis
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    RE: Favorite Fried Snacks? 2007/08/29 13:45:06 (permalink)
    KimmyJ:

    Thanks for the compliment...you know I forgot all about jalapeno poppers (i like the kind with the cheddar cheese but not with the cream cheese) and i love mozz. cheese sticks as well!

    Lets start emailing again!
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    RE: Favorite Fried Snacks? 2007/08/29 13:55:54 (permalink)
    Really? I go cream cheese over the yellow cheese...no restaurant has ever given me cheddar. I do notice more of them serving the non cream cheese kind.
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    RE: Favorite Fried Snacks? 2007/08/29 14:14:49 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by iqdiva

    SassyGritsAl, Would you do a fellow Alabamian a favor and share your grandmother's recipe for banana fried pies ?

    Unfortunetly I don't have her recipe but here is one that is close:

    FRIED BANANA PIES

    To make the pastry (this pastry recipe will make twelve 5- to 6-inch pies.)
    3 cups all-purpose flour
    1 teaspoon salt
    3/4 cup Crisco or other good vegetable shortening
    1 egg, lightly beaten
    1/4 cup cold water
    1 teaspoon white vinegar

    Mix together the flour and salt. Cut in the shortening with a pastry blender, fork, your hands, or whatever method works best for you, until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir together the beaten egg with the water and sprinkle over flour mixture. Sprinkle in the vinegar, mixing lightly, until ingredients are well combined. Form the dough into a ball and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least one hour.

    Remove the pastry from the refrigerator and cut it into four equal pieces. You can then cut each of the four pieces into three equal pieces, leaving you with 12 golf-ball-size dough balls. On a lightly floured surface, roll each ball into a 5- to 6-inch circle. Your circles do not have to be perfect, and ragged edges are okay.

    She then would take med. ripe bananas and mash them in a bowl. Then, put 2 generous tablespoons of filling onto one side of the circle of dough. Seal the pie by wetting the inside edge of the dough with water (use your finger), and then fold over the dough, making the familiar half-moon-shaped pie. Make sure the edges of the dough are even, and press and crimp to insure a good seal. You can use a fork to give you a bit of a decorative edge if you like. You can also correct the more ragged edges during this step because the dough is pliable. Just make sure the filling is sealed in and any holes in the dough are crimped.

    She used the panfrying method by frying the pies in about a half inch of oil in a iron skillet.

    Then sprinkle the hot fried pies with cinnamon sugar.

    This is as close to what she would do as I can remember.

    PS - She couldn't make them fast enough as we ate them as soon as she fried them.
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    RE: Favorite Fried Snacks? 2007/08/29 20:55:53 (permalink)
    All kinds of pakoras {veggie, cheese, chicken}. Mint chutney and tomato/onion chutney for dipping. Yummy!!
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    RE: Favorite Fried Snacks? 2007/09/06 10:48:25 (permalink)
    Over the weekend, I ended up trying Fried Oreos....they were HEAVENLY! I can't wait to find a fair that sells them so I can have them again!
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    RE: Favorite Fried Snacks? 2007/09/06 19:23:04 (permalink)
    Fried Sweet Things:

    Elephant Ears with cinnaminimon sprinkled on them

    Fried Savory Things:

    Cracklins

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    RE: Favorite Fried Snacks? 2007/09/06 19:42:10 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by Foxyfishy14

    Hi Everyone!

    I'm wondering what snacks everyone out there enjoys fried?

    Here in New England, the time for fairs is rolling around and the Big E is one of the most popular. I've heard of many people tasting different sorts of food that is fried.

    I've always wanted to try Deep Fried candy bars, twinkies and oreos (I hear they have them in Vegas).

    I LOVE fried pickles and chicken!

    What's your favorite?


    I have had fried ice cream. They rolled a scoop of ice cream in grape nuts first then deep fried it for about 30 sec. It was served in a cinnamon coated tortilla shaped like a bowl, then covered with hot fudge and whipped cream.
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    RE: Favorite Fried Snacks? 2007/09/07 17:58:11 (permalink)
    If you've never tried it, fry thin sliced pepperoni til brown, yes it is addictive !
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    RE: Favorite Fried Snacks? 2007/09/07 20:16:28 (permalink)
    Deep fried Chimi-cheesecake from Applebee's and any of the various deep fried onion goodies.

    I wanted to love the deep fried macaroni & cheese at TGI Friday's but the breading overwhelmed the cheese. Paula Deen made deep fried lasagna on one of her recent shows ... mighty tempting.

    And for a snack, for breakfast, anytime -- FRIED CHICKEN!!!
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    RE: Favorite Fried Snacks? 2007/09/07 20:28:45 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by LuckyLabrador

    If you've never tried it, fry thin sliced pepperoni til brown, yes it is addictive !


    Thin sliced? No thanks. I need the fat still in there...
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    RE: Favorite Fried Snacks? 2007/09/10 11:23:31 (permalink)
    I saw that episode with Paula making the fried lasagna! Planet Hollywood Restaurants used to have (and may still carry) a dish that was essentially fried lasagna and it was very good!
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    RE: Favorite Fried Snacks? 2007/09/11 06:12:32 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by LuckyLabrador

    If you've never tried it, fry thin sliced pepperoni til brown, yes it is addictive !
    When I made pizza for a living I'd grab a handful of pepperoni slices and toss them on the floor of the 550° oven 'til they got crispy. Yes, addictive!
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