This isn’t my first blog post that ties food to weather. In November, I wrote about A Nor’easter, Mac and Cheese and a Birthday Cake. Apparently, extreme weather pulls me indoors and inspires me to cook. Most likely this is a behavioral trait I inherited from my Mother (and her Mother). Chuck is not complaining, living in New England he will eat really well.
I grew up on this family tradition of making fried dough during winter snow storms. My maternal grandmother would always cook fried dough for the family. My Mother tried but often had to work during storms. However if her schedule allowed, she would carry out the tradition. Growing up, I thought Fried Dough and Snow Storms went together like Peanut Butter and Jelly. It made sense – to me. When I moved 3 cities away, not so much. I recently discovered, this is a regional tradition or perhaps a city tradition. I talk to non-Gloucester, MA residents (where I grew up), and they have never heard of this. For those who grew up in Glouceester, or had family there, it make just as much sense as serving Fruit Salad with Sherbet on Thanksgiving (another tradition).
As you may have heard, or experienced, a Blizzard hit the Northeast last week. Our area was crippled with an intense amount of snow. We had 29″ of snow in 24 hours.
Chuck’s work was cancelled. We could sleep in, we did not have to be anywhere or do anything, just be together and enjoy one another’s company. And yes, I was making Fried Dough. I have decided to bring this tradition into our marriage. My husband loves it because the end result is delicious food. It is very simple to do. I don’t make the dough. I assume if you wanted to go that route you could. We have always just bough pizza dough at the grocery store.
You don’t need a Blizzard to make this, it is fun however, saving it for special occasions.
Blizzard-Friendly Fried Dough
What you need:
1 lb. Fried Dough
This was just enough for the two of us. Double up if you have Kiddos or Guests.
2 C. Vegetable Oil
The night before:
1.) Take the dough out of our refrigerator and cut into small chunks.
2.) Spread out with your fingers, like mini pizzas, and place on a hand towel on a flat surface.
3.) Once all the dough has been divided, place a towel over the dough. Let it rise over night.
The next day:
4.) Pour 2 cups of Oil into frying pan. Let it heat up on medium for 3 – 5 minutes.
5.) Start taking 1 – 2 pieces of your dough and placing with tongs into oil.
6.) Let each piece sit for a minute and then flip the dough to the other side. You may have to do a couple times as the oil heats up. You will know when to remove your fried dough when it puffs up and takes on a golden glow.
7.) Place pieces of Fried Dough on a plate lined with a towel or paper towel to absorb extra oil.
8.) Continue until all pieces are fried and serve hot.
Simple, easy and a delicious tradition to start with your family!
Tip 1 – Toppings are a personal preference. I like butter and sugar, but confectioner’s sugar and cinnamon are favorites too.
Tip 2 – This is a smelly meal. Our apartment smelt like fried food for 2 days. I would suggest you close off doors to other rooms, if possible to contain the smell. Cracking the window for a little ventilation does not hurt either.
Tip 3 – Always have a bag of dough on hand in your freezer for these special occasions.