'fried food' on Serious Eats

7 Housemade Chips We Love in Chicago

When a restaurant takes the time to make their own chips, I take it as a sort of indicator that they take what they're doing seriously. Sure there are great eateries that give you an awesome sandwich with a bag of chips, but when the attention to detail goes down to slicing potatoes to that just-right thinness and frying them for you, it adds one more element to your meal. More

Dulces: Calzones Rotos (Chilean Fried Pastries)

In Chile, legend has it that a woman who sold fried dough in a Santiago square during colonial times was surprised by a strong gust of wind that made her skirt fly up. The big reveal: her underpants were torn. Today, the pastries she sold are still prepared in Chile. They're called calzones rotos (torn ladies' underwear) to her—and her mother's—eternal shame. More

Sweet Potato Fries -- Who Likes These Things?

Photograph by Me So Hungry At Serious Eats, we have a little repository of links we call "The Link Garden." During the course of the day, when someone, anyone, on the SE staff sees something good to blog about but doesn't have time to do it, they "seed" the Link Garden with it. This musing on sweet potato fries by Houston food writer Robb Walsh was one of the seeds planted yesterday, and I volunteered enthusiastically to "water" it. You see, I hate sweet-potato fries. "What? You hate sweet potatoes?" Erin asked in follow-up when my comment appeared in the Link Garden. "No, I like sweet potatoes—and will likely be eating them on the 27th. I hate sweet-potato fries."... More

Healthy Deep-Fried Oreos: Could It Be?

While I am pondering my need to lose 25 pounds the good folks at the Indiana State Fair are paying lip service to the health police this year by frying their Oreos, peanut butter cups, and Snickers bars in trans-fat free oil. What do you make of this development? The money quote: "This is a slice of heaven,” said Ryan Howell, 31, as he cradled his Combo Plate, which, for the record, consists of one battered Snickers bar, two battered Oreos and a battered Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup — all deep-fried in oil that is trans-fat free, thank goodness." And if Mr. Howell chooses he can wash his combo plate down with something just as deadly.... More

Bacon, Cheese And Beer Dogs

SuperSizedMeals.com, on Stuff Magazine's Bacon, Cheese and Beer Dogs: "They hollow out a few hot dogs, fill them with cheese, wrap them in Bacon and deep fry them.... Mmmm... it's like a hot dog heart attack all in one convenient greasy little package!"... More

Chicken-Fried Steak

Texan Independence Day was a few days ago and Homesick Texan celebrated it by writing about her home state's unofficial dish: While many foods hold sway over my heart, none (except for my beloved refried beans) reigns supreme more than chicken-fried steak, which is neither chicken nor steak (at least in the dry-aged, marbled-slab of prime beef sense of the word). This Texan delicacy is a cutlet of tenderized top-round beef, battered and fried in a skillet (much like fried chicken, hence the name), and served with cream gravy. In other parts of the country, you may see it labeled country fried steak, but a Texan would never call it that—it's always chicken fried to us.... More

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