There's no doubt deep-fried turkey is a Thanksgiving tradition for many, but how about going all in with an all fried feast? We can almost hear the collective crunching from coast-to-coast. OK, so maybe a holiday table filled with deep-fried foods is pretty over-the-top, but we can dream deep-fried dreams, can't we?

This cooking method is a big, hot mess. It requires gallons of oil, a special cooker, and someone to tend the bubbling pot to make sure it doesn't overcook. But fans swear this makes for the best tasting, juiciest bird ever. Pro tip: While the oil's hot, you might as well do another turkey, starting it while the first one's resting. Because deep-fried turkey makes really tasty Thanksgiving leftovers.

deep-fried turkey being lifted out of a pot of hot oil
Photo by Meredith
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More: Watch this short video for tips on making the best deep-fried turkey.

Stuffing, Extra Crispy Style

This one's a smash hit, but usually served the day after Thanksgiving, using leftovers. It's time to move this to the main event, dipping those crispy, golden bites into some Cranberry, Apple and Ginger Chutney to balance the richness of the dish. Watch this short video for the skinny on making these savory treats.

Don't Forget the Veggies

No, we're not going to throw a Green Bean Casserole into a pot of molten hot oil. But those green beans fried up on their own are certainly in the mix, along with Butternut Squash Fries and Perfect Fried Green Tomatoes.

Deep fried green beans by Soup Loving Nicole
Photo by Soup Loving Nicole

Just Desserts

How about a final course that includes Apple Cinnamon Chimichangas, Pumpkin Funnel Cakes, Pumpkin Churros, or Apricot and Peach Fried Pies? Watch the short video below for a lesson from Chef John on making Pumpkin Zeppole.

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