We’re not sure where this going to end but we have a feeling it won’t be pretty. The State Fair tradition of throwing things in a fryolator that have no business being fried is time honored and observed from coast to coast.
Especially in Texas where previous fairs have boasted of deep fried Lattes, deep fried butter and deep fried banana splits. No word on whether something as mundane as a potato has ever been cut into splinters and fried.
2011 has seen a bumper crop of entrants in the world of Texas State Fair food:
Buffalo Chicken In A Flapjack, no more really need be said of this horrific sounding dish.
Fried pumpkin pie, we’ve eaten fried pumpkin pie before and it’s really good. In north Mississippi there is a fried pie tradition where all sorts of native fruits and vegetables are harvested, fried and sold in country quick marts.
Hans’ Kraut Ball consists of pork sausage, onion, garlic and sauerkraut. It’s rolled into a ball that is then covered with bread crumbs and deep-fried. Call us louche but that actually sounds pretty good.
Deep Fried Pineapple Upside Down Cake, we have a deep love of pineapple and this sounds like something we could get behind. Plus it’s served with a cherry on top.
Deep Fried Texas Salsa, don’t mess with our salsa. It’s our lifeblood and when people start talking about hurling it into a fryolator we get good and pissed off. Totopos=fried salsa=not. End of story.
El Bananarito, we love bananas and find nothing odd about eating them fried. They’re a relatively common dessert at teppan houses. This one sounds good.
Not fried but still being served is the Walking Taco, this is little more than a frito pie rip off with carne molida, onion, cheese and sour cream stuffed into a Doritos bag. May or may not be good depending on your ability to pick up some high grade stank prior to attending fair.
Fried Bubblegum, it’s a bait and switch y’all. They take bubblegum flavored marshmallows and batter fry them. This is a pass.
We’ve attended state fairs all over the USA. The lines to get at the exotic fried foods of contemporary times are just to long to bear. You’ll find us ravishing simple, old timey fair foods like Tiger Ears, Funnel Cake, Candy Apples and Corn Dogs.
Preferably hunkered down over near the carney encampment. We love the ragtag group of men and women that make a good fair run right and they’re usually the rough and tumble sort.
This is who we like to hang out with.