Best way to prepare frozen fried foods like hot wings, popcorn shrimp, calamari, etc
There are a bunch of supermarket-sold frozen fried foods out there that, if prepared properly,
come out as well as most sports bars serve, and charge good buck$ for.
Here's the list of frozen fried-foods I prepare using my best system:
-Banquet's frozen, bone-in hot wings (damn good product, IMO!)
-Frozen calamari rings (various brands)
-Popcorn shrimp (various)
-Fried clams (various)
-Chicken nuggets (not my favorite, but it works for these also)
Basically, it works for any frozen-fried-type foods.
And here is my simple, brilliant system:
STOP USING SOLID-BOTTOM PANS.
1.Place frozen foods on a pizza screen instead of a solid-bottom pan.
2.Have oven pre-heated to 350F for 15 minutes.
3.On a rack just below the screen with the food on it, have in place a disposable aluminum roasting pan
with 1 to 2 inches of water in it. This catches the dripping oil and prevents smoking,
as well as keeping your oven clean.
4.Start from a "ballpark" time of 20-25 minutes (ovens may vary, so you will have to figure your own exact timing).
5.Place hot food on a tray on paper towels (to absorb any extra oil) briefly, and SERVE.
Pizza screens are available in various sizes from Amazon for around $10-12. (I recommend at least a 16" diameter, or better yet,
an 18" diameter if your oven is big enough.)
Disposable aluminum roasting pans (like the kind you can roast a 15 lbs turkey in) are only around $1 at the cheaper grocers,
99cents store, or big-box stores, although pricier grocers have them for several dollars.
Once you perfect the timing on your own oven, you will get pro results every time.
Food comes out crispy on the outside, moist on the inside, and not greasy or soggy.
You might be tempted to hang a "Sports Bar" sign outside your front door.
If you ever heat up these type foods at home,
try this system.
You will not be disappointed.
Banquet bone-in Hot Wings are GREAT product when prepared this way