Burdock and Pokeweed Fritters with Chipotle Marinara

Crispy on the outside, soft on the inside, these fritters are composed of pokeweed (fresh and green and mildly tingly on the tongue) and earthy puréed burdock root. Paired with the sweet, silky, and slightly spicy chipotle marinara, these crispy fritters are a treat during the warmer months.

Smoky Cola Duck

Smoky Cola Duck is an easy but super effective barbecue go-to for the warmer months, yielding crispy skin and succulent, flavorful meat with almost no effort.

Karuveppilai Fried Chicken (Curry Leaf Fried Chicken)

This South Indian twist on good old southern fried chicken is a game-changer. It’s got all the crunch and succulent tenderness you’d expect from your favorite fried chicken recipe, plus the spicy-smoky aroma and flavor that makes Indian cookery so addictive.

Crispy Scrapple with Sage

An economical but hearty dish, scrapple is satisfyingly crunchy on the outside and tender on the inside, very much like the texture of a hash brown, if hash browns were made with meat.

Crispy Dirty Fried Rice with Shrimp, Two Ways

This crispy dirty fried rice is an irresistible fusion of spicy Cajun and umami rich, salty Asian flavors. In one version, the liver is the star, while the shrimp add some extra textural interest, while in the second version the shrimp take center stage while the liver blends with the other ingredients for subtle richness.

Herbed Smoked Oyster Dressing

This oyster dressing (a.k.a. stuffing) is smoky and salty from the oysters and bacon, and the toasted cubes of bread absorb just enough of the oyster juices and stock to be impossibly creamy and crunchy at the same time. A decadent holiday treat!

Crispy Fried Pig’s Ears with Arugula and Capers

These deep-fried pig’s ears are salty, tender yet crispy, and super indulgent; the lemon vinaigrette arugula salad brings a fresh and acid element to the dish that balances the decadence of the pig’s ears.

Cajun Spicy Low-Carb Hush Puppies

These hush puppies are light, fluffy, and flavorful. Low-carb and baked, they’re a healthier take on the original, but still feel indulgent.

Hot Crab Dip

This rich, gooey, addictive dip combines the delicate sweetness of crabmeat with the slight bite of the dry vermouth and lemon juice.