When in Nashville, visit trendy New American restaurant and hangout Pinewood Social, where this crunchy fried broccoli with almond sauce is a menu staple. Executive chef Andrew Rodriguez says, “When we opened Pinewood Social, we knew we would need a nice vegetarian appetizer. One of our chefs, Randall Prudden, created this dish, and it’s been on the menu ever since.” A creamy, tangy, vegan almond-based sauce complements the vegetable’s savory crunch, making for a thoroughly addictive bite.

Chef Rodriguez recommends you try to get as much of the excess oil off of the broccoli after frying by draining thoroughly on paper towels. “Sometimes when people make broccoli, they murder it. This is a way for it to remain crisp but cooked through,” he adds.