Deep Fry Party
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Last Saturday I went for a three mile run which was the longest I’ve ran in awhile. I also did some push-ups, stretched, drank a lot of water, and ate a salad.
That’s because on Sunday I knew that I was hosting a deep fry party. You have to prepare for that kind of thing.
For the last two years now, I’ve hosted this event at the group house where I used to live. The premise is very simple: You bring it. I fry it.
There’s a lot that could go wrong with a party like this, but luckily everything went right. I thought I would share a few photos of friends and fried things!
So you want to host a deep fry party eh? It’s really pretty simple. You’ll just need the following things:
Deep Fry Party Setup:
– Outdoor space! You can’t do this kind of thing inside or even in an enclosed area. It is much, MUCH too messy. Hours of hot splattering oil will basically ruin any surface so hopefully if you do this, that surface is dirt.
– A turkey fryer. That’s the basic version, but if you are going to be using it a lot, I recommend the one with all the bells and whistles. I have this exact model and it works fantastic when you need to heat up 4 gallons of oil. These kits also come with a bunch of accessories but most importantly it comes with an industrial thermometer which is essential.
– 4 gallons of oil. That’s about the right amount to fill up the pot. I think peanut oil works best. You can buy 2 gallon jugs of peanut oil from Home Depot or probably other department stores.
– Propane. You can get the refillable jugs most likely from the same place you get the oil.
– A Fire Extinguisher. Just in case.
Ok. So maybe that’s a lot of work for one party. But you can use this setup for all kinds of other things like a clam/crab boil, actually frying a turkey, or even making beer.
I think that this type of party works best with an intimate group. If you get more than 20 or 25 people then you probably can’t produce food fast enough for people to eat it.
We had about that many people and it was great. A few of the characters… there was me:
There was my special lady fiancee friend, Betsy.
And there were lots of other friends!
Timeout: Yes. There was a mildly creepy old man who watched us for about 2 hours from a few houses down. Maybe he thought he was invisible? He had a six pack and he sat on his stool and sung Spanish songs to us. I tried to be nice at one point and offer him a plate of food (It’s the host in me!), but he didn’t want our food. In hindsight, I’m not really sure what he wanted, but I’m 100% sure that I couldn’t help him.
Back at the party, I thought something was apparently very funny.
My friends Rex and Liz were being very careful when exchanging a beer for a jar of pickles. Rex, I’m pretty sure you got screwed on this exchange.
So if you have ever fried anything you’ll know that the safe way to fry something is to gently lower it into the very hot oil using a basket or tongs so there is zero chance of your hands coming in contact with the oil.
When you have literally a pile of food to fry that 20 people have brought over, this is the only technique that works:
There was a lot of food. Even after just one year of experience, people were getting the hang of this thing.
We started with two whole chickens. Those went fast.
Then there was catfish with Cajun seasoning, coated lightly in cornmeal.
There was cheese. Oh there was cheese.
And these were probably my personal favorite. Onion strings!
Someone brought okra and I’m glad they did.
There were lots of fries (normal and sweet potato) and various other veggies like tomatoes and mushrooms.
These were maybe the crowd favorite. Oreos in a light pancake batter:
And we had to do a Twinkie:
Basically there were no recipes for things. I mixed up a few batters like pancake batter (minus the chocolate and cherries and plus a bit more milk to make it slightly more runny), or beer batter and had some bowls of seasoned flour (just salt and pepper) or corn meal and people could just pick and choose.
The only thing I purposefully prepared was the chickens which I just salted the night before and the onion strings that I soaked in buttermilk the night before and then tossed in the seasoned flour right before frying. The key on the onions is to slice them as thin as you possibly can.
This was a really fun party even though it started to rain at one point. We got through all the food though except the Snickers! Oh well. We’ll just have to do those first next year!
Thanks to my friend Yasmin for the beautiful photos.
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Um, I am so jealous. Insanely so.
That was a great party. Those onion strings were amazing. You should post the recipe and method of making.
@Rex. They are really easy. Slice the onions realllly thin. So thin that you can see your knife through the slices as you're cutting. Soak them in buttermilk for a few hours or overnight.
Then toss them with some seasoned all-purpose flour. For one onion I would use: 2 cups flour, 1 Teaspoon salt, 1 Teaspoon pepper, 1/2 Teaspoon cayenne.
Fry at 325-350 degrees for a few minutes.
deep fried cheese and Oreo's. and there was beer too? good charlotte!
Oh, man. Be still my beating heart. Actually, that's probably just my arteries hardening. Every time I want to eat healthier, I see something like this and say "Screw it, I'll have a food hangover please."
And yes, I was going to second the idea for the recipe for onion strings. I would not be able to pass up anything like that. Glad to know it's easy too.
So many great tips for future frying adventures!
Fun! I would have traveled cross country for this one! GREG
Where where WHERE did you get the cheese curds?
The okra looks so good. But,no candy bars? ;)
@ML I didn't make them. I think that they may not have been actual curds, but grated cheese mixed with egg whites.
Whatever they were… they were delicious.
Looks like a great party! Love your frying technique, spiders and tongs are for wimps, ha ha. And real men wear open toed shoes around splashing hot oil :)
Rex and Liz do look like it's a hostage exchange or something, funny.
No leftovers. Alas
I want to be friends with you and your special lady fiancee friend, Betsy! What a wonderful idea for a party!
I may have to have to copy you. :)
Great pics, captions, and writing. THANK YOU!
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Soooo doing this for our wedding reception theme. Mmm. My mouth is watering just thinking about it and it's still three months away!
Wonderful story and pictures. My friends informed me that I will be hosting a “deep fry party” and I had to figure out what I was assigned. I’m looking forward to it now! thanks!