Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Dreary Tuesday

It's raining outside and all I want to do right now is curl up in bed with a good book and a good movie, and some popcorn, and a dublin dr. pepper, or maybe a corn dog from the state fair. I'm suffering from a dry spell on the posting bit right now, there are things churning in my head (hello have you known me to ever stop thinking) but they're not resolved yet in a way that I could express them to you. In the meantime (and I know I've been meantiming a lot lately) I offer you the deep fried offerings of one Texas State Fair:

Beef & Beans Fire Bowl – A fired-up, one-dish meal made from ground beef, spicy beans, corn, crushed red peppers and Hotter N Hell seasoning covered with a baked-on jalapeno cornbread top. Not for the weak-hearted. Or the weak intestined.

Cajun Shrimp On A Stick – Spicy shrimp in a custom Cajun batter, fried and served with a choice of dipping sauce.

Candy Apple Turnover – A flaky turnover, filled with apples, crushed red candy and brown sugar, is deep fried and topped with powdered sugar.

Chocolate Covered Strawberries On-a-Stick – Fresh strawberries are skewered on a stick and dipped in deliciously warmed chocolate.

Cinnamon Praline Bananas Foster -- Caramelized banana rum sauce poured over Blue Bell Cinnamon ice cream, covered with whipped cream and topped off with a rich pecan praline sauce.

Deep Fried Cosmopolitan – A delicious fried pastry is filled with rich cheesecake and topped with a sweet & tangy cranberry glaze and a lime wedge. Served on a stick.

Donkey Tails – Large all-beef franks, slit on one side and generously stuffed with sharp cheddar cheese, are wrapped tightly in a large flour tortilla and fried until golden brown. Served with mustard, chili, or Ruth's salsa.

Down Home Banana Pudding Cheesecake – Created for people who like the rich flavor of homemade pudding or the elegance of cheesecake, the ingredients include bananas, pecans, cream cheese, brown sugar, coffee liqueur in a vanilla wafer crust. Served on a small plate. Small plate? Have you ever seen anything small at the fair?

Fernie's Fried Chicken n' Waffle – A toasted 7" round waffle, brushed with melted butter and topped with three extra-crunchy honey-battered chicken breast tenders. Served with syrup or white cream gravy. Sweet and salty.

Fernie's Fried Choco-rito– A flour tortilla – stuffed with marshmallows, coconut, candy bar pieces, caramel morsels and cinnamon – is dipped in pancake batter and deep fried to a crispy, crunchy outside and sweet, gooey inside. Drizzled with honey and topped with whipped cream.

Fernie's Fried Mac 'n Cheese – Texas-sized bites of macaroni & cheese, covered with a layer of garlic & herb-flavored bread crumbs, are deep fried until crispy outside and hot & cheesy inside. Served on a stick with a side of dipping sauces. Fernie needs to get his/her cholesterol checked.

Fried Avocadoes – Hand-battered chunks of scrumptious avocado are breaded and fried to perfection. Choice of dipping sauces. A culinary hit in California. California? Hello uh we're in Texas here, if it ain't fried and once moowing we don't eat it.

Fried Baked Potatoes – French fries right out of the fryer are topped with a choice of queso cheese sauce, bacon bits, chives or butter.

Fried Cinnamon Crispas – Hand-cut strips of flour tortillas are crispy fried and dusted with cinnamon sugar.

Fried Coke– Smooth spheres of Coca-Cola-flavored batter are deep fried, drizzled with pure Coke fountain syrup, topped with whipped cream, cinnamon sugar and a cherry. Served in souvenir contoured glasses.

Fried Pancake Sundae – Tasty country sausage bites wrapped in a light pancake batter, deep fried to perfection , topped with whipped cream, lightly glazed with hot fudge sauce and finished with a cherry on top. Pineapple and strawberry glaze options available.

Fried Praline Perfection – Guaranteed to melt in your mouth. Plump coconut and pecan pralines, battered and fried to a rich golden crust. Served warm with powdered sugar. If it doesn't melt do I get my money back?

Hast Texas BBQ Nachos – Fair-famous Hast Texas Nachos are topped with BBQ beef and covered with a special-recipe sauce.

Melon Monroe – Honey dew melon sauce ladled over chocolate chip ice cream, topped with whipped cream then garnished with two fried-dough, shaped "legs" filled with a special caramel sauce. Served fresh out of the fryer. "Some like it hot !" (Midway - across from Lost Children) So just look for lost children and you'll magically find food made to resemble legs, this is of course disturbing on so many levels.

S'mores – A new twist on a campfire favorite. Two graham crackers are pressed together with a marshmallow crème filling, skewered on a stick and dipped in delicious chocolate.

Texas Cajun Steak On-a-Stick – Tender morsels of steak coated in a spicy Cajun batter, fried golden brown and served on a stick with red or white dipping sauce.

Texas Waffle – An extra large waffle is freshly cooked and topped with whipped cream and a choice of chocolate, strawberry or pineapple sauce. The extra-large part must be what makes it Texan.

Texas Trash – In response to fairgoers' requests, this to-go sack of less-than-whole Hast Texas Nacho chips is served up in a white doughnut-style bag.

Wedgee's – Frozen chocolate-covered Wisconsin cheesecake-on-a-stick offered in Turtle (caramel) and Key Lime flavors. And I thought this was only a cruel prank to pull on friends.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

u just want us all to gain wait or get sick by reading your post don't you??

10/10/2006 12:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wait...that's Gain Weight....and what I deserve for talking on the phone to clients and typing a response!! ~C

10/10/2006 12:28 PM  
Blogger Katie said...

AHAHAHA, I know I'm watching my thighs thicken as I read over this, but then again I'm not sure how much of it I would actually try

10/10/2006 12:30 PM  
Blogger Bobby said...

I'm so hungry.

10/10/2006 12:58 PM  
Blogger Ben said...

Fried Coke...

Are you freakin kidding me?

Crazy Texans.

10/10/2006 1:09 PM  
Blogger Lorie said...

At first I thought you were listing the things YOU'D eaten at the fair! One time, in college, I went to the fair with some girlfriends and we ate so much my zipper broke. Shameful, but unfortunately true.

That Cinnamon Praline thing does sound delish, I must say...

10/10/2006 2:35 PM  
Blogger Lorie said...

Tasty sausage bites in hot fudge sauce...not so much.

10/10/2006 2:36 PM  
Blogger Eddo said...

Mama Mia! I got a tummy ache just reading that!

10/10/2006 2:57 PM  
Anonymous Jayleigh said...

I am having a heart-attack. Someone please! How about some Plavix. Stat.

10/10/2006 6:30 PM  
Blogger Tom said...

What's a Dublin Dr. Pepper?

10/11/2006 11:59 AM  
Blogger Katie said...

OH TOM you are missing out on what might be the best liquid in the world.


Read and learn and drool over

10/11/2006 12:11 PM  
Anonymous jes said...

Gah, KT. This list makes me want to vomit.

10/11/2006 12:17 PM  
Blogger Amstaff Mom said...

Next year they're going to forgo the food and just fry the stick.

Melon Monroe cracked me up. Pretty clever gimmick for this year's Marilyn theme.

I ALWAYS have the Hast Texas Nachos (chips are Texas-shaped), but never had BBQ on them. not-so-much.

I've heard good reviews on the Cinnamon Prailine Bananas Foster. Maybe we could split one.

Chicken n' Waffle!?!?! BLECH.

Fried Avocadoes? See comment above.

10/11/2006 12:40 PM  
Blogger Tim Rice said...

All that food sounded good. But Beef and Bean Firebowl and the Donkey Tails sounded particularly fascinating - wouldn't mind trying.

10/11/2006 4:37 PM  
Blogger Aim Claim said...

oh my gosh... I am headed to the fair on Wednesday. Update to follow...

10/14/2006 1:59 PM  

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