The Chanukah Kitchen – Cooking with Oil


I’ve been resisting it for years but when my daughter came home raving about the french fries she had at her friend’s house, I caved in to the peer pressure and bought a deep fryer, in fact the DeLonghi 3 Lb. Stainless Steel Deep Fryer (to purchase for your family, please go to SHOP) This is not your mother’s deep fryer. Not only does it have built-in safeguards to prevent accidental burning (nothing can guard against stupidity – keep it away from the counter’s edge and from small children!) but the food is actually lighter. It is not saturated with oil. It doesn’t have that deep-fried heaviness.

Besides the ever-popular fries (my husband now makes them almost every Motzei Shabbos and anything that involves my husband cooking is good by me!) this product is terrific for that all-time Chanukah favorite, Sufganiyot, and for our Italian variation, Zepolles.

Zepolles are made with pizza dough and are super easy, especially if you buy the dough from your local pizza shop. Otherwise make the dough from one of the recipes on the site. Heat the oil to 375 degrees. Pinch off the dough in 2 tablespoons-size balls and drop into the hot oil. Fry until golden brown – 3 to 4 minutes. Roll immediately in powdered sugar. You can inject jelly into them but they are great as is!

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