There are two schools of thought on the Thanksgiving feast. The first declares that a holiday is no reason to go crazy with calories, and urges you to cook up healthier versions of traditional dishes. The second school of thought reminds you that Thanksgiving only comes around once a year, so why not go ahead and stuff your face with every fatty, fried, sweet concoction imaginable? This piece speaks to that second school of thought. In fact, there are ways to fry Thanksgiving food. You’re welcome.
Except for maybe a salad, most Thanksgiving dishes can be improved with batter and a vat of hot oil. From sides to desserts, you can basically fry up the entire meal. (Or just pick one or two of these recipes to add some variety to your otherwise-healthy feast.) If you’re ready to eschew all of your careful eating for a few hours of absolute overindulgence, you have come to the right place. With all of these fried dishes on hand, it’s like hosting your family holiday at the state fair. So get your deep fryers and stretchy pants ready, because these deep-fried Thanksgiving recipes are bound to call your name for seconds (and maybe thirds.)