Tuesday, August 27, 2013 , Updated 5:13 p.m., August 27, 2013
See State Fair’s 2013 fried foods, including fried Nutella and fried meatloaf
The creator of Fried Thanksgiving Dinner explains the concept in a video below.
The fair has seen both odd and interesting fried foods since the Big Tex Choice Awards' debut in 2005. Those include: fried PBJ and banana sandwich (2005), fried Coke (2006), fried cookie dough (2007), fried bacon (2008), fried butter (2009), fried beer (2010), fried bubble gum (2011), and fried jambalaya (2012).
The weirder the better.
With the exception of fried Nutella, a majority of this year's contest entries focus on fried main courses. Here's the list:
- Awesome Deep Fried Nutella®
- Deep Fried Cuban Roll
- Fernie’s Deep Fried King Ranch Casserole
- Fried Thanksgiving Dinner
- Golden Fried Millionaire Pie
- Spinach Dip Bites
- Southern Style Chicken-Fried Meatloaf
- Texas Fried Fireball
On Labor Day, the 2013 fried food finalists will be whittled down to Most Creative and Best Taste during a final round of judging.
All eight new frieds will be sold at booths around the State Fair. The fair opens in Dallas' Fair Park on September 28 and closes October 20. Concessionaires also sell some of the popular fried foods from years' past.
Here's more about the 2013 fried food finalists, as described in a State Fair press release:
Awesome Deep Fried Nutella® – Cream cheese and Nutella® are whipped and spread over flaky Phyllo dough sheets, rolled up, and deep fried. Served with a drizzle of honey and shaved almonds.
Deep Fried Cuban Roll – A filling of slow cooked pork shoulder, chopped ham, Swiss cheese, pickles, and secret sauce is spread onto a slice of Swiss cheese, rolled up in pastry dough, and deep fried. Roll is served with a side of majo sauce for dipping.
Fernie’s Deep Fried King Ranch Casserole – This stick-to-your-ribs TEXAS SHAPED creation is melted cheese, salty, spicy, goodness that is dipped in a zesty southwestern egg wash and coated in panko bread crumbs. Deep fried golden brown and crunchy on the outside; steamy and creamy on the inside! Served with a side of red, white, and blue tortilla chips and your choice of our homemade “salsafied” sour cream or cheesy queso. Each one proudly flying the flag of the Lone Star State and deep fried in the Heart of Texas!
Fried Thanksgiving Dinner – Mama’s homemade stuffing and diced roasted turkey are rolled in a ball. Next it’s dipped in southern cream corn and rolled in seasoned corn meal - all fried to a crispy golden brown. Served with old fashion giblet brown gravy. The zesty orange cranberry sauce fills your dipping needs and results in a complete thanksgiving dinner, FRIED!
Golden Fried Millionaire Pie – Sweetened, fluffy cream cheese filling is loaded with golden pineapple and Texas pecans then wrapped in a flaky pie crust and fried to a golden brown. Topped with whipped cream, toasted coconut, and candied pecans.
Spinach Dip Bites – Creamy and delicious spinach artichoke dip bites are coated with crispy tortilla chips and flash-fried until golden brown. Bites are served with salsa for an additional kick.
Southern Style Chicken-Fried Meatloaf – Homemade meatloaf slices are coated in an authentic Texas chicken-fried breading and deep fried golden brown. Served with garlic mashed potatoes, Texas cream gravy, and a ketchup/brown sugar glaze for dipping.
Texas Fried Fireball – Pimento cheese, pickles, cayenne pepper, and bacon are rolled into a ball, dipped in buttermilk, covered with a jalapeno-infused batter and deep fried. Served with chipotle ranch for dipping.
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