We all know that fatty food is not good for us. It’s often high in fat, low in nutrients, and can lead to an upset stomach (or much worse if you eat a lot of it). However, while it’s fine to avoid most of the time, indulging in vegan chicken tenderloins, deep-dish pizzas, onion rings, or cheeseburger macaroni isn’t the worst thing in the world. . Here are 15 plant-based fatty food recipes you should try!
1. Blueberry Glazed Donuts
Source: Blueberry Glazed Donuts
These Blueberry Glazed Donuts by The rose and the bean have everything a donut connoisseur could ask for in a pastry shop. The fluffy batter is fried until golden, then dipped in a blueberry glaze, topped with a warm, marbled blueberry compote with some of the concentrated juices from the blueberries. You should make these donuts for a special occasion with friends, otherwise you’ll be eating them all yourself!
2. Fake Southern Fish and Chips
Source: Fake southern fish and chips
Cornmeal-crusted hushpuppies and catfish are abundant in fish fries. Marinate, score with a knife, crust and fry some tofu and you have an amazing representation of what you can experience in a good old fashioned fish fry. This Fake southern fish and chips recipe for lauren hartman is spectacular!
Reproduced with permission from Southern Vegan by Lauren Hartmann, Page Street Publishing Co. 2020. Photo credit: Lauren Hartmann and Julie Grace
3. Cheeseburger macaroni
Source: Cheeseburger macaroni
4. Vegan Fried Chicken Tenders
Source: Vegan fried chicken fillets
5. Deep Pizza
Source: deep pizza
6. Tater Tot Cheeseburger Bites
Source: Tater Tot Cheeseburger Bites
These Tater Tot Cheeseburger Bites by Ashley Hankins only require a few ingredients and are quite quick to make. Make these bites the perfect snack for game days or just an ordinary day when you want something special. They’re also grain-free, so all your friends can enjoy them!
7. Cheese Sausage Patties with Fries
For those days when you don’t feel like working out a lot, try these Cheese sausage patties with fries by Melanie Sorrentino. Using your favorite vegan sausage recipe, shape the dough into patties, then grill on both sides until browned. Top it with melty vegan cheese and add some lettuce and golden oven fries for an easy, budget-friendly meal that epitomizes comfort food.
8. Fried green tomatoes
Source: Fried green tomato fondants
This mozzarella gets deliciously soft, brown, and crispy when grilled or pan-fried, melting just enough in this recipe to get deliciously gooey without falling apart in the pan when you turn the pieces over. The result is like fried green tomato and breaded mozzarella in a delicious wheat-free combo. For this to work, it is important to use mozzarella solidified with agar powder. (But don’t worry: if your mozzarella is melty, just pour the melted cheese over the tomatoes before serving.) You have to try these Fried green tomato fondants by Claudia Lucero!
9. Beer Breaded Onion Rings
Source: Beer Breaded Onion Rings
If you’re going to a Super Bowl party this year, these vegans Beer Breaded Onion Rings by Ashley Hankins will be more popular than the halftime show! You can prepare the onion rings a few days in advance. All you have to do is fry them on the day of the big party and they’ll stay crispy for hours. Honestly, these vegan beer onion rings are so delicious you don’t even need the sauce, but who doesn’t want ranch? These beer-battered vegan onion rings come with a perfectly spicy and tangy vegan jalapeño ranch dressing.
10. Chicken and Waffles
Source: Chicken and Waffles
Crispy fried “chicken” on a pile of fluffy waffles… what could be better?! Whether it’s the hot sauce cooked in tofu chicken, the sprinkle of rosemary or the truffle oil in waffles, this Chicken and Waffles dish by Gabrielle Sainte-Claire is full of pleasant surprises. With such a beautiful presentation, it’s a must for your next weekend brunch. Don’t forget the maple syrup!
11. Potato Tacos South of the Border
Source: South of the Border Potato Tacos
A cheesy caliente potato taco is delicious. A cheesy and caliente potato taco that is fried is out of this world. You should serve the creamy avocado sauce on the side (best to just make a really big batch). These South of the Border Potato Tacos by Gold Way are worth trying!
12. Fried Mac and ‘Cheese’ Balls
Source: Fried Mac and ‘Cheese’ Balls
These decadents Fried Mac and ‘Cheese’ Balls by Ashley Hankins are comfort foods personified. Creamy and fiery jalapeño macaroni and cheese is shaped into balls, coated in flour and a panko crust, then deep-fried until the balls become orbs of golden-brown deliciousness. Oh, and they come with a tangy cheese sauce on the side.
13. Double Stack Copycat Shake Shack: Cashew Cheese Stuffed Portobello Mushroom Burger
The CopyCat Double Stack Shake Shack: Cashew Cheese Stuffed Portobello Mushroom Burger by Rebecca Waters has two Portobello mushrooms stuffed with melted cashew cheese, coated in panko breadcrumbs and fried until crisp, then sprinkled with rosemary salt. Layered on a grilled hamburger bun with spicy cashew mayonnaise, avocado, tomato, lettuce, and pickles if you fancy it. Eat with a thick cut, sprinkled with rosemary salt, potato or sweet potato chips, extra spicy mayonnaise and a cold beer for the best vegan burger meal you’ve ever had!
14. Pan Fried Dumplings
Source: Fried Ravioli
15. Fried Zucchini Ravioli
Source: Fried zucchini ravioli
These Fried zucchini ravioli by Lydia Filgueras are pretty much tiny pockets of flavor heaven. Crispy on the outside with tender zucchini and gooey cheese on the inside, this recipe is a winner. Forming the ravioli may seem a bit tricky at first, but once you get the hang of it, it’s a piece of cake! Serve them with lots of tomato sauce and a generous sprinkling of parsley.
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