With my Golden brunch being such a huge success I was excited to move on with the rest of my Oscars day dishes. For the majority of the foods I was going to serve I was sticking with my Golden theme. Not exactly in the same mode as brunch, these golden beauties were a series of deep fried foods. The most exciting and worrisome of the deep fried delights was an attempt at Deep Fried Deviled Eggs.
I have only eaten deep fried deviled eggs at one place. There is a bar and grill I have been to a couple of times with my mother. On the first visit the waitress asked if we had tried the deviled eggs. We have both eaten deviled eggs so many times so we weren’t really thinking that we needed to pay to eat deviled eggs on a Friday afternoon outing. She then said that they only serve them on Friday and only until they run out.
Well, that clinched it. We ordered some deviled eggs, deep fried deviled eggs. It was actually the deviled eggs that brought us back the second time. So when I told my mother that I was going to be making some deep fried foods she said, “Oh – deviled eggs”. Sadly in my planning to make deep fried cookies, pickles, and onion rings the thought of deviled eggs had not entered my mind. That quickly changed.
There are a few reasons that I do not deep fry foods every day. The first one, of course, is health. A daily diet of deep fried delicacies is not recommended by any health association as far as I can tell. If you have information to the contrary please share it with me. The second reason is that I find deep frying to be a rather time consuming task in which the person manning the fryer has a nonstop job with very little time to stop and enjoy the food. This seems especially true when your deep fryer is small. Third, it’s messy. The battering is messy as is the frying. My kitchen is always a huge mess after deep frying. Lastly I have not become a master of deep frying. I have moderate success, but just as with baking bread there is definite room for improvement.
Whatever concerns I had about my adventure in deep frying they did not stop me. Armed with me excitement over the deep fried deviled eggs which would be a surprise to The Hubs and the girls I felt confident I could pull it all off.
I had a clear path I would take during the deep frying, starting with the least flavored of the foods ending with the most. It would be eggs, cookies, pickles, onion rings. Also, the coating for the eggs would be very different than the others plus they would need to be filled with the deviled egg filling post frying.
The deep fried deviled eggs were a huge success. I texted my mother as soon as I had piped in the filling so she could come down the 3 blocks from her house while they were still warm! She texted back immediately and said she was on the way. My girls could hardly control themselves when they saw them. There was some concern, but the intrigue and excitement overcame and they gobbled one up. The Hubs also took one. Another winning dish. My mom said it was the best part of her day, and that they were excellent.
As for the rest of my deep fried dishes they were not such huge successes. The store bought cookies that I battered trying to emulate a carnival-esque food actually disintegrated in the batter before I could even get them into the fryer.
My first batch of pickles, although I had dried them thoroughly, did not hold the batter. The subsequent pickles held the batter better but the onion rings did not. I will have to attempt those again soon.
I did put together a nice cheese board to make up for the fried food fails. It was delicious.
Even with food adventure not being perfect the deep fried deviled egg success made up for it with me. I tried something absolutely different and it worked perfectly. The family loved them and was impressed with how they turned out.
Share some of your favorite deep fried delicacies with me. Who knows, I might just add them to my next deep frying adventure.
Deep Fried Deviled Eggs
- 6 hard-boiled eggs (cooled and peeled, halved with yolks reserved)
- Cooking oil for frying
- Sea salt
- ¼ – ½ cup all-purpose flour
- 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
- 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
- 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
- Reserved egg yolks (mashed)
- 1 teaspoon prepared mustard
- ½ – 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- Lay halved egg whites on a paper towel to dry.
- Mash egg yolks in a bowl. Add mayonnaise, sugar, mustard, and vinegar and blend until smooth. Cover and refrigerate.
- In a heavy bottomed pan or deep fryer add approximately 3-4” of oil. Heat the oil to between 350 and 375 degrees.
- Put flour in a shallow dish. In a separate shallow dish put panko.
- Place 3 or 4 halved egg whites in the flour, covering completely. Shake excess hands off of egg whites through fingers.
- Place floured egg whites into panko. Dredge eggs in panko to thoroughly coat. Ensure the eggs are completely covered by gently packing panko onto egg halves. Repeat with all egg white halves.
- When oil is hot place 3 or 4 egg whites into deep fryer, cut side down, for about 60 seconds or until golden. Turn over and cook for another 30-60 seconds until browned. If the center does not look golden turn back over and cook again for 10 seconds or until starting to crisp. Remove from oil to a paper towel lined try to drain. Sprinkle with sea salt. Repeat with all egg white halves.
- Fill a pastry bag with egg yolk mixture and pipe filling into fried egg halves.
- Serve while warm.