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Deep Fried Strawberries with Chocolate Dipping Sauce

I know what you may be thinking. It’s a little out of the ordinary BUT if you give this a try, I think you just might be pleasantly surprised. Strawberries are everywhere right now and I’m always looking for ways to use them. We’ve already shared a trio of beverage ideas using strawberries: STRAWBERRY MARGARITA GRANITA , STRAWBERRY AGUA FRESCA , and a  NUTELLA STRAWBERRY SMOOTHIE. When my friend mentioned to me that she had DEEP FRIED STRAWBERRIES for dessert while dining out the other night I knew immediately I HAD to make them and I’m so happy I did. I went with a more savory batter to compliment the sweet, sweet strawberries and was super pleased with the results. If you wanted to try a tempura batter I imagine that would be equally tasty, too.

We dipped ours in NUTELLA and the kids enjoyed theirs with a small bit of Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup. These were VERY large berries so one was plenty for everyone.

I also left the stems on making it easier to hold onto while battering.

Deep Fried Strawberries
What you’ll need:
batter:
1 1/2 cups whole milk
2 eggs – beaten
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup cornmeal

large strawberries
1/2 cup – 1 cup all purpose flour – enough  to dredge strawberries
vegetable oil – enough to fry
powdered sugar – to dust
dipping sauces:
Nutella
Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup

What to do:
1. Place enough vegetable oil into a deep sided frying pan {or deep frying machine} and heat to 375 degrees. I use a candy thermometer to monitor my oil temperature.

2. Into a large bowl add: milk, eggs, 1/4 cup vegetable oil. Whisk to combine. Set aside.

3. Into a separate bowl add: salt, sugar, 1 1/2 cups flour, cornmeal and baking powder. Whisk to combine. GRADUALLY add flour mixture to wet ingredients. Mix until well incorporated.

4. Into a shallow pan, add enough flour to dredge strawberries.  Mist strawberries with water. Dredge strawberries in flour and then into batter mixture.

5. CAREFULLY place battered strawberries into the hot oil. Do not crowd pan. Cook until golden. Turning {I find chopsticks work well} so it’s evenly browned on all sides. Transfer strawberries to a plate lined with paper towels to absorb excess oil.

6. Transfer to serving plate and dust with powdered sugar. Serve with dipping sauces.

Want more of your favorite red fruit? Check out these 10 summer strawberry recipes!

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