Breakfast buffet: National greasy food day
October 25th, 2011
09:00 AM ET
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While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.

If you can eat it, you can fry it - October 25 is National Greasy Food Day.

Fried until crispy, sprinkled with salt or doused with sugar, these impossibly unhealthy but oh-so-amazing foods all glisten with grease and hit the spot. How frequently you indulge in greasy food is your prerogative, but today, all bets are off.

Frying treats in oil or butter is nothing new, so we can't blame our current obsession with deep-frying everything but the kitchen sink on America alone. Since the Medieval days, people have been dunking foodstuffs, particularly those of the dough persuasion, in oil. "Fritters" are considered to be the first fried delicacy.

In America's early days during the fight for independence, Saratoga chips were a favorite way to thinly slice potatoes and fry until perfectly golden. This early cousin to the great potato chip was merely one innovative way we developed snacktastic (and greasy) junk food.

From the sinfully sweet to the satisfyingly salty, greasy food runs the gamut. Are you all about movie theater popcorn, corn dogs, onion rings, hamburgers and fried chicken? Or are doughnuts, funnel cakes, deep-fried Oreos and other fried festival fare just right for your sweet tooth?

How about green tomatoes or plantains? Food Network has a few deep-fried ideas to get you going.

What have you dared to fry and try? Let us know how you're going all out today. You can find us at our favorite greasy spoons, or gathered around the office deep fryer.



soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. sylvia plourde

    this will kill you early nasty

    October 26, 2011 at 7:25 pm | Reply
  2. Panties

    Yummee! I can eat 4 ot 5 of those right now.

    October 25, 2011 at 9:28 pm | Reply
  3. Jeann

    So typical of the unsophisticated American palate to have a day celebrated greasy unhealthy foods.

    October 25, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Reply
    • how typically moranic

      go drink some grass, dummy

      October 26, 2011 at 6:13 am | Reply
  4. Evil Grin

    This I can handle. I like greasy fried foods. I will most certainly eat some today.

    October 25, 2011 at 10:12 am | Reply
    • AleeD@EG

      Yeeeah buddy. That pic whets my appet!te for a chorizo burger.

      October 25, 2011 at 10:23 am | Reply
      • Evil Grin

        I've never had a chorizo burger. Sounds good, though. Any burger sounds pretty good today.

        October 25, 2011 at 10:24 am | Reply
      • AleeD@EG

        From Red Mesa Cantina's menu:
        Ground Sirloin burger, generously topped with ground spiced Chorizo, Jack cheese, avocado, tomato, fried onions, chipotle aioli, served on a Telera bun with a side of yuca fries, chipotle ketchup.
        I get mine rare.
        To.Die.For.

        October 25, 2011 at 12:02 pm | Reply
      • AleeD@EG

        "Your comment is awaiting moderation."
        Why? Because of the word "s!rlo!n" GMAB.

        From Red Mesa Cantina's menu:
        Ground s!rlo!n burger, generously topped with ground spiced Chorizo, Jack cheese, avocado, tomato, fried onions, chipotle aioli, served on a Telera bun with a side of yuca fries, chipotle ketchup.

        To.Die.For.

        October 25, 2011 at 12:06 pm | Reply
      • AleeD@EG

        From Red Mesa C@ntina's menu:
        Ground Sirloin burger, generously topped with ground spiced Chorizo, J@ck cheese, avocado, tomato, fried onions, chipotle a!ol!, served on a Telera bun with a side of yuca fries, chipotle ketchup.

        October 25, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Reply
      • AleeD@EG

        Ground s!rloIn burger, generously topped with ground spiced Chor!zo, j@ck cheese, avocado, tomato, fried onions, chipotle a!ol!, served on a telera bun. A side of yucca fries served with chipotle ketchup is included
        To.D!e.For.

        October 25, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Reply
      • Evil Grin

        dr00l...

        October 25, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Reply
  5. AleeD

    Where's a State Fair when you need one? Elephant ears w/cinnamon sugar, corn dogs (with ketchup, Rich), deep fried durn near anything. I'm ready!

    October 25, 2011 at 9:39 am | Reply
    • RH@AleeD

      I just threw up a bit in my mouth...Ewwwww.....I Miss Snowbunny.

      October 25, 2011 at 9:43 am | Reply
      • AleeD@RH

        *hands him a hankie*
        Here you go. ;)
        Didn't you get any contact info from her before she disappeared? Did anyone?

        October 25, 2011 at 9:50 am | Reply
      • RH@AleeD

        Unfortunately NO, All I know is she worked in Minnesota and can sing the Oscar Meyer song really well.:))

        October 25, 2011 at 9:56 am | Reply
  6. Jerv

    I'd like to try fried moonpies.

    October 25, 2011 at 9:17 am | Reply
  7. Aronn

    This has inspired me to Fry up a Vegan today.....in Lard. Yummmmm ooooooo.

    October 25, 2011 at 9:06 am | Reply

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