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"Fried" Ice Cream

"We're not leaving here until we've tried the fried ice cream."  

If you've ever uttered these words (like I have at multiple Mexican restaurants), then this post is dedicated to you!

I had some flour tortillas that were on their way out, so I used them to make this super-sized "fried" ice cream sundae to share with my family.  I called; they took more than 90 seconds to come to the table; I ended up eating it all myself.  Don't worry, I made more! 


Here's how:


1.  Tear up two large soft flour tortillas into chip-sized pieces and deep fry or pan fry the pieces until they're brown and crispy.  Drain the chips on napkins and sprinkle on 1 tablespoon of sugar, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, and a big pinch of salt.  When cooled, smash the pieces using the back of a cup or a rolling pin to make your "fried" ice cream coating. (You want a crumbly coating but it doesn't need to be a fine powder.)  Alternatively, you can pan fry a combination of crushed graham crackers and crushed corn flakes, but I think the fried tortillas taste a little closer to real fried ice cream.


2. Scoop out a ball of the ice cream of your choice (I used vanilla) and quickly roll the ice cream ball in the fried coating.  Once completely coated, place the ice cream ball in your serving dish and immediately put it back into the freezer.  Repeat this process until you've made the desired number of balls, continuing to quickly put the ice cream balls in the freezer as you go along.

3.  Drizzle the fried ice cream balls with honey or chocolate and top with whipped cream and/or cherries before serving.

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