Fried dough is a broad class. Doughnuts, elephant ears, funnel cake, and beignets all fall into this explicit basket, and whereas no two style precisely the identical, they at all times style good. The simplest iteration of this carnival-esque deal with? Little balls of store-bought pizza dough, fried to golden perfection.
Fried pizza dough doesn’t have the feel of a doughnut. It’s chewy, due to gluten formation that comes from plenty of kneading, and it may be taken in a candy or savory path. When dusted with powdered sugar, it’s nearly like a lazy zeppole; when doused in marinara and completed with shaker parm, it’s harking back to the “fried dough” my Italian-American boyfriend at all times mentions when speaking concerning the “Feast,” which additionally includes a statue of a saint being marched round city. (Greenback payments additionally think about.)
Anyway. Frying pizza dough is enjoyable and straightforward. All you need to do is rip it into 1-inch parts, then fry till golden brown for chewy, doughy delights. The way you end them is as much as you, however I’m a giant fan of powdered sugar, cinnamon sugar, or some other form of sugar, actually.
Straightforward Fried Dough
- A bag of store-bought pizza dough
- Vegetable oil (a minimum of two inches-worth in your favourite frying pot)
- Powdered sugar for ending
Add a few inches of vegetable oil (or different impartial, high-temp oil) to a deep frying pan, pot, or Dutch oven and warmth till it registers someplace between 325℉ and 350℉ on a sweet thermometer or digital instant-read thermometer. Strive to not let the temperature get a lot larger than 350℉, as it would trigger the surface of your dough to darken earlier than the within is cooked by way of.
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Rip your pizza dough into 1-inch pieces, then fry for 3-5 minutes, until they are a deep golden brown, flipping once to get even color on both sides. Fish ‘em out with a spider or slotted spoon, let the excess oil drip away on a wire rack for a few minutes, then dust with copious amounts of powdered sugar. Enjoy while hot.