Friday, January 06, 2006
Fry 'Em Up!
Lately whenever I fry something I use my all-clad skillet. My husband is tired of trying to clean all of the grease off of it so yesterday I decided to buy a cheap deep fryer at Target. Rival was the cheapest at $26 so I decided to go for it. It has different temperatures to choose from (a lot of cheap ones don't), the safety plug, and it's not too big. It looked perfect for the small batch of hot wings I was going to make last night.
I decided to play it safe and cook two wings at a time but I think I could have cooked three or four (the cooking time would have been more like 10 minutes rather than 5). I marinated the wings overnight in hot sauce and a little soy sauce. That makes for a messy fry but I really think it makes a difference in flavor (and color). Then after I fried each batch for about 5 minutes I let them drain on paper bags and covered them with hot sauce before serving.
So hot. So crisp. So good.
The fryer worked out fine. You can't take the oil resevoir out so it's not the easiest thing to clean but I didn't have too much of a problem cleaning it out today. The best part about owning a deep fryer now is the lack of splattered grease all over the stove. I can finally make tempura and wontons without a huge mess. However, there is a huge drawback: the guilt. Now that I have an easy option to fry without the mess, I will always be tempted to make food like hot wings more often.
Ah well. I'll just use my husband as an excuse. He's super skinny and I've been trying to fatten him up for a while. So everytime I make fried food it's really for him (wink, wink).