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Eating fried foods seems a bit of a no-no these days but the truth is that anything with a golden crispy crust is simply irresistible. The following recipes for deep-fried foods will give you and excuse to indulge and wash it all down with an ice cold beer.
Vegetable tempura is a great way of turning up the volume on any veggies you've got laying around the house. This particular recipe calls for asparagus, eggplant, zucchini, carrots, broccoli and peppers. It also works well with other vegetables like cauliflower and thinly sliced potatoes.
Sicilian arancini are deep-fried dumplings made from leftover risotto, cheese and saffron. These fritters make great appetizers and are perfect excuse to whip up a nice pot of risotto the previous night without having to worry about any leftovers going to waste.
If you love fried calalmari, this next recipe is for you. Fried eel is another Italian favorite that has yet to become widely popular in the United States. But don't let that stop you from enjoying this umami-filled recipe that is incredibly simple to make.
These deep-fried Chinese dumplings make for a nice appetizer. The wonton skins are stuffed with pork, scallion, ginger and soy which yields a fragrant dumpling. Serve them as part of an Chinese-themed meal and watch the smiles appear around the table.
More: Don't miss our guide to making the perfect fried chicken.