10.03.2011

The Great Fried Oreo Experiment


It's fair season, and everyone's talking about what they're frying at the local fairs these days. Twinkies, Oreos, cheesecake slices, butter (yes, butter) - it seems just about everything has been dunked in batter and deep-fried. Since the weather hasn't really been conducive to fair-going, we wanted to bring the fair food home, but what to fry?




The answer came earlier this week via a text from neighbor D: "Can you fry an Oreo?" We texted back, "Like, in general, or can WE fry an Oreo?" We're sure you know what he meant. And thus began The Great Fried Oreo Experiment. As with any experiment, we started with a little research. On the Internet it seems people are all about frying Oreos in pancake batter.   Food Network Magazine's "The Fry Guide" (September 2011) suggested using their Basic Batter  to fry "sandwich cookies." Amy thought they'd be delicious with just a simple tempura coating. A quick meeting of the minds, and we decided to try all three on a dreary Sunday evening (not conducive to fair-going).

We used Double Stuf Oreos (sorta forgetting the part about freezing them first), and we prepared our FryDaddy by bringing peanut oil up to 375 degrees. We then prepared the batters. For the pancakey one (bottom left in picture above), we used Bisquick, following the directions for making pancakes. The Food Network Magazine recipe was: 1 cup flour, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1 cup cold club soda (top of the "triangle" in picture above). We used McCormick Golden Dipt Tempura Seafood Batter Mix to make the tempura-dipped ones (bottom right in picture above).

All three batters looked alike "raw," so we decided you only needed the one photo

The results? Naturally, not one was pronounced bad. Each one had a hot crisp coating, warm chocolate cookies and melty creamy center. But the unanimous favorite amongst the four taste-testers (D, J, Amy and Chris) was the Food Network Magazine recipe. We knew we had that subscription for a reason! Check out our pix and fry one yourself!


Top row: Tempura (Second Place)
Middle row: Food Network Magazine's Basic Batter (The All-Around Favorite)
Bottom row: Pancake Batter (Honorable Mention)

9 comments:

Cucina49 said...

I don't much like Oreos, but what an interesting experiment. The Bisquick one looks almost fritter-like.

Sarah Catherine said...

I'm so sad that the Eastern States Exposition is over, but I'm glad that I got to have my annual fried oreos! Love these!!

Tiffany said...

Fried Oreos... wow. And just when you thought you had heard it all. ;) Actually, I am sure it tasted pretty good, and the creamy melty center... YUM!

jensfreshandfabulous.com said...

Drool...

jensfreshandfabulous.com said...

Great post! Drooling...

Sandra said...

I would have loved to be a tast tester.

Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. said...

Oh my!!! I want to try one!

Eliotseats said...

Totally indulgent. Fried kool-aid was the big deal out our fair. I didn't try it. :)

Jen at The Three Little Piglets said...

I've always wanted to try a fried Milky Way or Snickers myself...