French fries are one of life's great pleasures. But there is a great big world of vegetables out there, just waiting to be deep-fried and dipped in ketchup.
In truth, any hard vegetable that holds its form relatively well during cooking is a candidate for deep-frying. I once had some eggplant fries at a restaurant that were to die for, at least that was until I tried their string-bean fries.
Most non-root vegetables benefit from some sort of coating before going into the deep fryer. Egg or milk with a quick roll in some panko crumbs will do the trick.
Next time you get the frying urge, give some of these vegetables a try:
• Sweet Potatoes (of course)
• Green Beans
• Celery Root
• Avocados (try these recipes!)
If you're hooked on the classic, try these Beer Battered Cajun Fries.
And for your dipping pleasure:
• Homemade Agave Nectar Ketchup
• Creamy Tofu and Green Pea Dip
• Vidalia Onion Dip with Bacon Crumbles
• Savory Vegan Dip
Any other favorite veggies to fry up?
Related: Why French Fries Aren't French But We Label Them As So
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