Fried Hotties

Fried Hotties
  • Cook Time
  • Prep Time
  • 6Servings


  • 1 head garlic, separated into cloves, skins on
  • 2/3 cup sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon prepared horseradish
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • Vegetable oil, for frying
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • Salt
  • 1 cup ice water
  • 6 large radishes, sliced crosswise 1/4 inch thick
  • 8 jalapeno chiles, halved lengthwise and seeded


Bring a small pot of water to a simmer. Add the garlic cloves and cook until tender, about 20 minutes. Drain, then let cool slightly; slip off the skins.

In a small bowl, combine the sour cream, horseradish and crushed red pepper.

Fill a medium pot with enough oil to reach a depth of 2 inches and heat over medium-high heat until it registers 365 degrees on a deep-fry thermometer. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda and 1 teaspoon salt. Whisk in the ice water to form a smooth batter.

Working in batches of no more than 8 pieces, coat the radish slices with the batter. Drop them one at a time into the oil, gently stirring to prevent sticking. Fry until golden and crisp, 1 to 2 minutes; transfer to paper towels to drain. Repeat with the garlic cloves and jalapenos. Sprinkle with salt and serve with the horseradish dip.