Beyond French Fries! Other Vegetables Worth Frying

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)
Parsnips
Eggplant
Green Beans
Celery Root
Okra
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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