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Fried Shoestring Carrots

 Fried Shoestring Carrots
I came up with these fun snacks as an alternative to french fries. We like to serve them hot with ranch-style dressing as a dipping sauce.—Kim Gammill, Raymondville, Texas
10 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 25 min.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups self-rising flour
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 3/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper, divided
  • 10 cups shredded carrots
  • Oil for frying

Directions

  • In a large bowl, whisk the flour, water, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4
  • teaspoon cayenne and 1/4 teaspoon pepper until smooth. Stir in
  • carrots. In a small bowl, combine the remaining salt, cayenne and
  • pepper; set aside.
  • In an electric skillet or deep-fat fryer, heat oil to 375°. Drop
  • spoonfuls of carrot mixture, a few at a time, into oil; cook for 3-4
  • minutes or until golden brown, stirring frequently. Drain on paper
  • towels; sprinkle with reserved seasoning mixture. Yield: 10
  • servings.