In The South, We Deep Fry!

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Though the title may be a bit over the top, there is a funny and often heard saying that everything tastes good deep fried! While I will take the word of the more adventurous epicureans, I do enjoy the occasional evening filled with artery clogging deep fried veggies! It may seem a bit ironic that I would slice up some of my wonderful organic veggies and drop them in boiling oil! Ironic, but tasty!

There really isn't much of a recipe! If you check out the following picture you will see just how easy this is!

There are of course the fresh veggies! In the picture you can see green tomatoes, a variety of peppers, and zucchini. I also deep fried squash and okra. Before I proceed, you can marinade the veggies in whatever spices you choose. If you use a dry spice and liquid combination, or just a liquid marinade, I would recommend keeping the veggies refrigerated while marinading for about 20 minutes! FYI, I did not use a marinade and the fresh taste of the veggies was incredible. Simply whip several eggs (unfortunately my chickens won't be producing until October at the earliest) with a little water or milk in a bowl. In a second, shallow bowl, add flour; you can add dry spices to the flour as well. Heat your oil! I know my oil is ready (I don't have a temperature gage on my fryer) when a drop of water makes the oil sizzle and pop. Coat the veggies with the egg mixture, being sure to let the excess mixture run back into the bowl. *TIP: If you used a liquid marinade, do not rinse it off before dipping the veggies into the egg mixture.* Then coat the veggie with the flour by dragging it through the shallow bowl containing the flour. You should prepare several of your veggies to go in the fryer at one time. Quickly place the prepared veggies into the fryer using tongs. *To Avoid Being Splashed With HOT OIL, Be careful not to drop them in the hot oil!* When the breading turns to whatever color of brown suits your taste, simply remove the veggies from the oil with the tongs. Place them on a platter or plate that is lined with several paper towels to help remove the excess oil. Serve with your favorite dipping sauces, blue cheese dressing, ranch dressing, soy sauce, thai peanut sauce, etc. I hope you enjoy a little deep fried southern goodness!

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Rate A Home - Saugatuck, MI

Rich, yum... sounds good. Did these come out of your garden?

Jul 19, 2008 07:19 PM #5
DeAnna Troupe
Learn Small Business - Stone Mountain, GA


The Southener in me is what made me click on this post.  That does sound yummy.  I personally don't do much frying because I don't like getting popped by the grease.

Jul 19, 2008 07:56 PM #6
IMNJ - Internet Marketing Specialist
Internet Marketing NJ - Red Bank, NJ

Was just at the beach and saw a stand that battered and deep everything including twinkies, oreos, and snickers bars.  I felt like a heart attack just looking at it.

Jul 19, 2008 09:47 PM #7
Rich Dansereau
Positive Real Estate Professionals - Knoxville, TN

Bill - I have seen some of the more adventuresome eaters on TV deep fry grass hoppers and other things you would never imagine. In the south we use grasshoppers and other insects as bait to fish with (then we deep fry the fish) but we don't eat the bait.

Mitchell - Fried veggies are awesome! Fried catfish and chicken is a big deal in the south tool!

Karen - Sorry, I am a vegetarian so no turkey recipe! HERE is a link to the food Network's Recipe's for fried turkey!


Jul 20, 2008 03:54 AM #8
Rich Dansereau
Positive Real Estate Professionals - Knoxville, TN

Duane - Yep! They all came right out of my garden!

DeAnna - Just the words "Deep Fry" have a pull on southerners! LOL! Glad you stopped by!

IMNJ - I haven't had deep fried Twinkies or snickers, but I did have deep fried oreos drizzled with dark chocolate at a high end restaurant in Orlando a couple of years ago. They were unbelievable! So rich, I could only eat two!

Jul 20, 2008 03:58 AM #9
Danny Thornton
R & D Art - Knoxville, TN
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Rich, it looks like it all turned out great. The garden must be producing well.

Jul 20, 2008 11:03 AM #10
Kathy Passarette
Creative Home Expressions - Mount Sinai, NY
L.I. Staging/Decorating

Rich ~ I can't eat zucchini unless it's fried.  I love fried zucchini! I also like to fry artichoke hearts (you can use the frozen ones).

Jul 20, 2008 02:04 PM #11
Joan Mirantz
Homequest Real Estate - Concord, NH
Realtor, GRI, CBR, SRES - Concord New Hampshire

Looks and sounds deli-i-cious! I will have to try your fry recipe!

Jul 20, 2008 02:14 PM #12
Rich Dansereau
Positive Real Estate Professionals - Knoxville, TN

Danny - You know you have shared in the garden's bounty...all those cucumbers sliced with salt!

Kathy - I love fried artichoke hearts! Used to get them regularly at a small restaurant called Island Cow on Sanibel Island, Florida!

Joan - Was very tasty! Served as appetizers for about 10 that night!

Jul 20, 2008 03:06 PM #13
Bethany Berryhill
Keller Williams Realty Signature Partners - Marietta, GA

Sounds delicious.  My favorites are fried squash & fried okra. 

Jul 22, 2008 11:55 AM #14
Kara Casamassina
International Property Management Group, LLC - Aiken, SC
Boomers and beyond

fried zucchini...mmm mmm good!   Hooray for Southern cooking :)

Jul 22, 2008 12:33 PM #15
Rich Dansereau
Positive Real Estate Professionals - Knoxville, TN

Bethany - I love fried okra! The squash was great with soy sauce added...reminded me of tempura!

Kara - It was awesome!

Jul 22, 2008 01:52 PM #16
Karen Monsour
Coldwell Banker Fort Lauderdale Beach - Fort Lauderdale, FL
REALTOR, SSRS - Sells FL Waterfront, Short Sale Expert!


Thank you so much for finding that for me!  What a nice guy!  :-)

Jul 22, 2008 02:18 PM #17
Rich Dansereau
Positive Real Estate Professionals - Knoxville, TN

Karen - Glad you checked back and got the link! I am always happy to help when I can!

Jul 22, 2008 02:36 PM #18
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

Wow your garden did well didn't it!  And yes, tempura fried veggies are delicious, with a little soy sauce and mustard.

Jul 22, 2008 03:36 PM #19
Andy Laughlin - Bellingham, WA

That looks great!! I think it would go good with some football!! Thanks for the comment on my "NLF Update" Check back in a few weeks and I'll have another update. Enjoy the season, and some great food!!

Andy Laughlin

Jul 22, 2008 07:49 PM #20
Connie Harvey
Pilkerton Realtors - Brentwood, TN
Realtor - Nashville TN Real Estate

Rich, Have you tried frying zucchini flowers? Use the same method. Put a small piece of Mozzarella cheese inside the bloom and a dab of anchovie then deep fry them. You'll enjoy it I promise!

Jul 23, 2008 01:55 AM #21
Rich Dansereau
Positive Real Estate Professionals - Knoxville, TN

Georgina - I am very happy with how the garden has grown! <<<smile>>> And yes a little spicy mustard is awesome as well!

Andy - A few days ago, I actually hollowed out some of my jalapenos, filled them with cream cheese, used the egg wash and bread crumbs instead of flour and they came out great! Perfect for football! I can't wait for the new season! And I will be checking back!

Connie - Now that does sound good (no anchovies for me though, I am a vegetarian)! My brother suggested making a soup with some of the squash blossoms!

Jul 23, 2008 04:09 AM #22
Julie Kippen
Vernal, UT

I like deep fried sweet potatoes. I don't usually deep fry so I don't get them very often.

Jul 23, 2008 10:56 AM #23
Rich Dansereau
Positive Real Estate Professionals - Knoxville, TN

Julie - That is honestly the only way I'll eat sweet potatoes! I have some planted but they are not the veggie of choice for me.

Jul 23, 2008 02:12 PM #24
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