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Straighten Up and Fry Right

Grab your skillet, and celebrate the South's favorite way to cook.

Foods to Fry:

If our region's famous for one cooking method, it's frying. And with good reason. Southerners are all about attaching emotion to their food, and nothing stirs feelings of comfort and nostalgia like frying. There's just something to be said about the crispy, golden-brown crust of a fried catfish fillet or the tender inside of an apple fritter. Is your mouth watering yet?

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If you're new to frying, follow our tips and suggestions so you'll man the stove like an old pro.

What's The Difference?
The recipes for this story use one of two basic frying methods--pan-frying or deep-frying.

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Perfect French Fries Every Time
Choose low-moisture, high-starch potatoes such as russet or Idaho. For crisp fries, wash the cut, uncooked strips in several batches of cold water until the water is clear. However, for the crispiest fries, we found the double-fry method hard to beat. Frying strips twice in the same oil at different temperatures gives you fries like no others. This recipe, using the double-fry method, received our highest rating.

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