If you’ve ever found yourself thinking of deep-frying every edible item in your kitchen, you’re not alone. We’ve done the research, and we’ve discovered there’s really no food that can’t be improved with a salty, crunchy top layer. There are the solid standbys, like spring rolls and hush puppies. Then there are the sandwiches. Panzerotti, giant raviolis, and mozzarella sandwiches are the perfect way to get a little deep-fry going in your life. You can even fry up your vegetables: From Brussels sprouts and zucchini blossoms to artichokes and cauliflower, nothing is off-limits. So gather up all your favorite foods and get ready to fry.
Deep-Fried Pork Spring Rolls (Lumpia)
Best known in their deep-fried iteration, lumpia often crackle beneath the teeth. But not always; some come wrapped in fresh egg crepes, while others are wrapper-less. Connoisseurs pine for a version made with shrimp, pork, and shredded coconut palm. The freshly fried version is a marvel, the wrapper crisp, the filling’s texture delicate and yielding. Instead of the common sweet-sour dipping sauce, chef Dale Talde opts for the condiment he used growing up—a mixture of vinegar and soy sauce spiked with raw garlic and fiery chiles—which he likens to the salt and pepper of Filipino food. Get the recipe for Deep-Fried Pork Spring Rolls (Lumpia) »
A hard-boiled egg encased in sausage and bread crumbs and then deep-fried may seem like a product of modern pub culture, but the Scotch egg was invented by London department store Fortnum & Mason in 1738. Get the recipe for Scotch Eggs »