Deep Fried Oreos and Twinkies

October 25: National Greasy Foods Day

“Grease” is definitely the word!!! How appropriate that the popular musical movie of the same name ended with a festive carnival scene (which had greasy foods on set).

We ourselves enjoy going to festivals, state fairs, fiestas and rodeos throughout the year. Besides the carnival rides, entertainment, vendor booths and free product samples, there is a lot of food, especially fried, greasy ones! The usual fair fare includes corn dogs, funnel cakes, French fries, onion rings, churrosand fried chicken/fish/shrimp/ribs and more. But chefs have gotten really creative with deep fried Oreos, Twinkies, cheesecake, hand pies (empanadas, pasties or turnovers), candy bars, ice cream and even butter!

We tried a few of these greasy grub out of curiosity but realize these are not for the health-conscious so we rarely eat them anymore at the festivals. But for the purpose of our blog, we deep fried a few Oreos and Twinkies in observance of National Greasy Foods Day.

Recipe

(Adapted from AllRecipes.com)

Ingredients

  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons oil
  • 1 ½ cups pancake mix
  • Oreos and Twinkies (cold)
  • Frying oil
  • Powdered sugar

Directions

In a large bowl, beat the egg with milk and oil. Stir in the pancake mix until the batter is smooth and lump-free.

Dip the Oreos/Twinkies in the batter, letting the excess drip back into the bowl. Deep fry in 375 degrees F oil. Avoid overcrowding. Flip the Oreos/Twinkies to the other side and fry for another few minutes. Remove from the oil when they are golden brown. Drain the grease out from the Oreos/Twinkies on paper towels.  Transfer to a serving bowl and sprinkle with powdered sugar. Eat while still hot.

Notes

  • This recipe is the basic batter for most deep fried fare food. Try dipping small slices of frozen cheesecake and cold candy bars on sticks. Be careful when deep frying them to avoid oil splatters.
  • Some food vendors drizzle melted chocolate over the deep fried Oreos and Twinkies.
  • Thanks to Karen B. for the paper food trays that we used to serve and photograph our greasy grub above.