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'The Chew' welcomes ‘Deep Fried December’ on ABC-TV

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On today's ABC hit show "The Chew" only four co-hosts were in attendance, Mario Batali was missing once again, but will return tomorrow for their 500th episode. Today’s episode was titled, “Deep Fried December.”

Carla Hall, Clinton Kelly, Daphne Oz and Michael Symon had fun tasting deep fried creations from around the country. Clinton related how one cannot think about fried foods without thinking about a state fair. He presented some of the best state fair fried foods; deep fried meatloaf on a stick from Minnesota, Michael suggested deep fried Lipitor. From Texas, fried Thanksgiving dinner contained two different fried balls on a stick, it contained stuffing and turkey dipped in creamed corn and rolled in cornmeal before deep frying, Daphne liked this one and Michael came equipped with hot sauce in his pocket. From New York a deep fried pop tart was not an overwhelming hit, but Daphne did like it because it was strawberry.

Clinton showed some photos of a menu item from KFC in Japan; deep fried corn soup, that Carla gave her seal of approval. In Philadelphia, PYT offers a deep fried Twinkie Burger. The buns are funnel cake battered Twinkies with a pork belly and beef combination burger topped with cheese and bacon.

Michael was eating an entry from The Chew’s What’s For Dinner cookbook, deep fried Cornish hen. Clinton then related a fact that love life is fried in December because many dates are canceled because it is too cold and 92% of people did not feel sexy during the cold weather.

On the segment called “C+C Fry Factory,” Clinton and Carla made deep fried crullers that they will fill with delicious filling with recipe here. Carla also shared safety tips when deep frying:

  • Measure your oil. Because you will be adding items to the fryer and do not want it to overflow.
  • Avoid splashing. Lower foods into oil gently.
  • Use a thermometer. Watch the temperature does not go too high.
  • Keep a lid handy, oil can catch fire easily, and a lid will put it out.

They visited Challywood to meet with owners, Michael Kahan and Lauren Rubin to their bakery that specialized in challah bread. They have taken this bread to a whole other level. With delicious flavors and shapes, it is a great treat on today, the fifth day of Hanukkah.

Michael showed how he made Ham Croquettas, also featured in today’s recipes. It is an inexpensive dish to make with leftover ham and manchego cheese for a deep fried delectable treat. They also discussed how different meats and different cheeses could be incorporated into the recipe, and sauces could also be used as an accompaniment. Another great recipe that you can make your own.

Next, they played “Can You Fry It?” to try different items to deep fry. Daphne took the battered challah bread and gave it a try. It was determined that this was a treat that they could not resist. As they added toppings like ice cream and dulce de leche, custard and nuts, it an indulgent day, to say the least.

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