I wanted to pass this recipe along to you with all the Christmas/New Year/Super Bowl parties coming up. It's not nearly as hard to make as it sounds (which isn't that hard) and talk about addictive! It's worse than chicken fried crack.
Hey, there are worse things in life to be hooked on than fried pasta and most of them aren't perfect for dipping. Besides, everybody will come back next year to get their fix. Enjoy.
A party snack idea with a twist!
4 cups corkscrew pasta or other bite size pasta like bow ties or wagon wheels
1 tablespoon oil
Oil for deep frying
3 tablespoons melted butter
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
One of the following seasoning mixtures:
Italian: 2/3 cup Parmesan cheese, 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning and 1 teaspoon garlic salt
Mexican: 2/3 cup Parmesan cheese, 1 teaspoon each chili powder, cumin, and onion salt
Lemon-Pepper: 1 teaspoon lemon zest, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, and 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
Sweet: 2 tablespoons lemon zest (or orange), 1/2 cup sugar, and 1/4 teaspoon salt
Cook the pasta in boiling salted water, with 1 tablespoon oil, until just tender. Drain well, turn out onto wax paper and blot away any excess moisture with paper towels.
Fry the pasta in small batches in hot oil (375°) until golden brown, about 45 seconds. Drain on paper towels.
Transfer the fried pasta to a serving bowl while still warm. Combine the melted butter and vinegar, and pour it over the fried pasta. Toss. Sprinkle the pasta with the seasoning of your choice. Toss again and serve.
But wait, there's more! Here's another recipe for more long term fried pasta munchies.