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Fried Bolts Recipe

Fried Bolts Recipe

Our home economists' nuts-and-bolts appetizers feature mushroom caps and zucchini sticks. Assemble them earlier in the day and chill until ready to deep fry.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. Cook: 5 min./batch YIELD:16 servings

Ingredients

  • 16 medium fresh mushrooms
  • 2 small zucchini
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Oil for frying
  • Sweet-and-sour sauce, optional

Directions

  • 1. Remove stems from mushrooms. Cut a thin layer from the top of mushroom caps; cut mushroom edges, forming a hexagon shape. Cut zucchini lengthwise into quarters, then into 2-in. pieces. Trim one end to fit into mushroom caps.
  • 2. Insert a toothpick through the top of the mushroom into the zucchini, leaving about 1 in. of toothpick to use as a handle for dipping.
  • 3. In a small shallow bowl, beat the eggs and water. In another bowl, combine the flour, chili powder, salt, sugar, garlic powder, cayenne and cumin. Dip zucchini-mushroom bolts in egg mixture, then coat with flour mixture.
  • 4. In an electric skillet, heat 1 in. of oil to 375°. Fry bolts in batches for 2-3 minutes or until golden brown on all sides. Drain on paper towels. Serve warm with sweet-and-sour sauce if desired. Yield: 16 appetizers.