Homer-esque appetite? Fire up the deep fryer

Posted: July 26, 2007

Is your belly built Simpson-tough?

Try a few of these recipes created by local chefs who are also fans of the cartoon. Or - if you dare - sample recipes created by the characters themselves.

First, Vesuvio chef Louis Mosca combines Homer's fave food groups: doughnuts and beer.

Then - Mmmmmm! - breaded pork chops the way only Marge would make 'em, from Greg Salisbury of Rx restaurant. Finally, a simple, healthful salad that a local fan says Lisa would love.

HOMER'S BEER-BATTERED DOUGHNUT HOLES

3 1/2 cups flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 cup sugar

4 eggs

1 cup beer

Vegetable oil for deep frying

1 cup sugar or

confectioner's sugar

In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt, spices and half-cup sugar until blended. Using an electric mixer or by hand, mix in eggs and beer. Batter will be a little thicker than pancake batter.

In a large, 12-inch-deep frying pan or deep fryer, heat vegetable oil to 375 degrees. Drop dough by teaspoonfuls into hot oil and cook until golden brown. Roll in sugar or confectioner's sugar and serve immediately.

Serves 6, or Homer.

Source: Chef Louis Mosca, Vesuvio.

MARGE'S PORK CHOPS

1/2 cup flour

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

4 pork chops, -inch thick

1 egg, lightly beaten with 1 teaspoon water

1 1/2 cups bread crumbs (Italian seasoned, if Marge is feeling adventurous)

2 tablespoons bacon fat (Mmmmmm, bacon fat!)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix flour, salt and pepper. Dredge chops through mixture, shaking off excess. Dip in egg wash, then coat with bread crumbs, again shaking off excess.

In an ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat, cook chops in bacon fat for 3 minutes per side, until nicely browned. Then place skillet in oven and cook for 10 minutes more, or until juices run clear.

Serve with some kind of vegetable, mashed potatoes, rolls and love (Marge's secret ingredient).

Serves 4, or Homer.

Source: Chef Greg Salisbury, Rx.

FRUIT SLAW IN HONOR

OF LISA SIMPSON

1 Braeburn or Granny Smith apple, cored

1 firm nectarine, pitted

1 medium zucchini

2 tablespoons sour cream

2 tablespoons plain yogurt

2 teaspoons rice wine vinegar

Salt and pepper to taste

Slice apple, nectarine and zucchini in matchstick-size pieces, 2 to 3 inches long, leaving skin on for color.

In a medium bowl, blend sour cream, yogurt and vinegar, add salt and pepper to taste. Toss fruit and veggies in dressing and chill for an hour. Garnish with fresh mint.

Serves Lisa and her best friend, Janey.

Source: Home cook and "Simpsons" fan David Hodges.

MARGE'S PATENTED HAPPY CRACKER SNACK PLATTER

1 box Ritz crackers

1 can Cheez Whiz

1 jar sliced green olives

1 jar pimentos

Place crackers on a serving tray. Slice olive slices in half and use halves to make happy-face eyes on a Ritz cracker. Use a bit of pimento for a nose and squirt cheese to make smiley mouths.

Serves 12, or Homer.

Source: "The Simpsons."

HOMER'S

LAWN MOWER

2 ounces vodka

1 bunch wheatgrass

Ice

Juice wheatgrass in a juicer to yield about 3/4 cup. Shake with vodka and ice. Serve immediately.

Serves 1; better make two for Homer.

Source: "The Simpsons."

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