Put on your bibs and get ready to bite into this yearâ€™s winners of the State Fair of Texasâ€™ Big Tex Choice Awards fried food contest for 2013.
On Monday, Sept. 2, eight of the 50-plus deep-fried dish entries made the final cut and will be among the food offerings at this yearâ€™s State Fair, Sept. 27-Oct. 20.
Of the eight standouts, the Deep Fried Cuban Roll â€“â€“ 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 â€“â€“ received Best Taste honors.
Most Creative nods went to the Fried Thanksgiving Dinner stuffing and diced roasted turkey rolled in a ball, dipped in southern cream corn and rolled in seasoned corn meal before being fried. Itâ€™s served with old-fashioned giblet brown gravy and orange cranberry sauce.
Other finalist deep-fried dishes include:
Awesome Deep Fried NutellaÂ® â€“Â Cream cheese and NutellaÂ® whipped together and spread over flaky Phyllo dough sheets, rolled up, and deep fried. Served with a drizzle of honey and shaved almonds.
Fernieâ€™s Deep Fried King Ranch CasseroleÂ â€“This stick-to-your-ribs Texas-shaped creation (complete with a proudly flying Texas flag) is melted cheese, salty, spicy, goodness that is dipped in a zesty southwestern egg wash and coated in panko bread crumbs.Â 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 â€œsalsafiedâ€ sour cream or cheesy queso.
Golden Fried Millionaire PieÂ â€“ 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 BitesÂ â€“ 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 MeatloafÂ â€“ 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 FireballÂ â€“ 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.