Hey y’all! I had to share with you my recent foodie adventure at the Texas State Fair. It’s something I look forward to every year! Not only because of the outrageous fried food, but because it’s a wonderful day out with friends. And Sunday was no exception! The weather was picture perfect. Big Tex was standing proud after a disastrous electrical fire burnt him to a crisp last fall (haven’t heard about this? Read about it here, man it was such a sad day). The people watching was to die for…. and so was the food.
Priority 1: Fried Nutella. We showed up at the fair, bought tickets, and immediately located the first stand selling Fried Nutella. And oh sweet merciful god, that was the correct decision! The Nutella is whipped with cream cheese, and spread on phyllo dough. Rolled-up sheets go into the fryer, and the whole thing gets topped with honey and almonds. Yes, it was life changing, in case you were wondering.
Once we got that out of the way, we wandered aimlessly throughout the fair, snacking and checking out various exhibits as we went. We stopped at the food court where countless delicious noms were found: The Fried Texas Fireballs (fried ball of pimiento cheese, pickles, cayenne pepper, and bacon served with chipotle sauce), the world’s greatest cinnamon roll, and one of my other favorites for the day Deep Fried Spaghetti and Meatballs. Now that may sound odd to some, but I swear that’s not too strange considering some of the other creations you can find at the fair (Deep Fried Butter and Deep Fried Bubblegum were some previous “creative” entries!)
The rest of the day consisted of the following: Fried Jambalaya, Fried Mac ‘n Cheese, Red Velvet Funnel Cake, Fried Cuban Roll (won best tasting – standard Cubano sandwich elements like slow-cooked pork, ham, cheese, and pickles that are rolled in pastry dough and then tossed in the deep fryer), and Deep Fried Thanksgiving Dinner (deep-fried stuffing, turkey, and creamed corn balls with a cranberry dipping sauce and gravy served on the side).
For those of you who have never made it to the Texas State Fair, not be dramatic, but you haven’t lived. It puts my home state of Illinois to complete and utter shame. It’s a fun and delicious eating experience! If you’re in the Dallas area, the fair will be open until October 20th, so you still have time to sink your teeth into some phenomenal fried goodness…
But actually, I suggest you mark that down in your calendar. Happy eating!
- Fried Cuban Roll, Fried Thanksgiving Dinner take top State Fair honors (khou.com)
- Big Tex returns to Texas fair year after fire (bigstory.ap.org)
- Texas State Fair- food, fun, and feathery friends (mboylan92.wordpress.com)
- Top Ten Wackiest Deep-Fried Foods (friendseat.com)
- The Newest Fried Food Item (y98.cbslocal.com)