If state fairs have taught us anything, it’s that everything is better fried. But what you didn’t learn from eating deep-fried Oreos is that done properly, fried foods do not have to be heavy and greasy (and leave you in a state of shame and self-loathing) to be good. Here are 10 fried recipes that will have you plunging into the world of deep frying fearlessly and coming up on the other side with not a stomach ache, but a great sense of achievement.

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