Deep Fried Fruits and Vegetables

Deep fried baby carrotsIt may come as a surprise to some of you that I don’t already own a deep fryer, but the truth is that up until a week ago I didn’t. You see, it was on that faithful day that I was walking through Target on my lunch break looking at kitchen appliances when I noticed that they had quite a few deep fryers on clearance for half price. Now I’m not a huge religious guy, but obviously this was some sort of sign from God and he was trying to tell me that I needed to buy one of them to better my blog, and who am I to argue, so I grabbed one and headed up to the checkout lane.

The toughest decision when owning a deep fryer is clearly what to deep fry first. Chicken nuggets? Nope, too easy. Oreo cookies? Already been done. Suddenly an idea came to me. What if I were to take a bunch of foods that were normally thought of as healthy and deep fry those? A few minutes later I was on my way to the grocery store’s produce section where I stocked up on baby carrots, bananas, Granny Smith apples, avocados and a watermelon.

When I arrived back at home I got to work slicing everything up and mixing together a batter to dip it all in. Just using a regular batter seemed kind of boring though, so I decided to coat all the fruits and vegetables with a beer batter instead. I figured that since I was already making them far less healthy than intended that throwing some beer into the mix as well certainly wouldn’t hurt things.

Out of all the fruits and vegetables I deep fried that first day the avocado slices were easily my favorite. You know what’s funny though? I expected everything else to taste completely disgusting and it all actually ended up tasting really good. The banana slices got a little soggy, but still tasted fine. Everything else stayed pretty much intact.

The only thing I didn’t really like were the watermelon chunks. There’s just something about biting into a nice cold slice of watermelon that deep frying can’t make any better. Everything else though? Totally better deep fried…

5 Comments on Deep Fried Fruits and Vegetables

  1. Lunchbox
    August 16, 2011 at 4:16 pm (3 years ago)

    Best deep fried food ever: Totinos pizza rolls

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  2. Niki
    August 29, 2011 at 12:05 am (3 years ago)

    When you said watermelon I wanted to hit you with a stick and run away. :) I thought it would disintegrate but it looks like just the opposite happened.

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  3. jacqui
    September 9, 2011 at 8:17 am (3 years ago)

    Deep fried banana is the norm here in Australia. Same with pineapple. Banana and pineapple fritters as they are called are staples on everyones dessert menu.

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  4. jett
    September 14, 2011 at 6:10 pm (3 years ago)

    Tempura! I have had most of these things tempura fried before. Avocado “fries” are at a lot of restaurants now.

    What I am saying is that everything has been done before. Well, maybe everything but watermelon, haha.

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  5. Eamon
    January 6, 2012 at 5:21 pm (3 years ago)

    Strips of red and green peppers in beer batter are super-delicious and dead simple. Use the batter recipe from the Joy of Cooking and don’t skip the step about letting the beer go flat overnight. It really makes a difference.

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