You know it's almost football time when the State Fair of Texas releases their fried food finalists. For OU and Texas fans, the fair and the bevy of fried food options is an annual tradition unlike almost any other. It's always entertaining to see what crazy concoctions people can come up with and there is rarely a year we come away disappointed.
Disgusted maybe, but rarely disappointed.
So without any further adieu, we bring you this year's fried food finalists courtesy of the Dallas Morning News.
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. (Abel Gonzales)
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. (Issac Rousso)
Fernie's Deep Fried King Ranch Casserole:: 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. (Christi Erpillo)
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! (Justin and Rudy Martinez)
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. (Nick Bert Jr.)
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. (Mark and Norman Zable)
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. (Clint Probst)
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. (Butch Benavides)
Some years the options sound almost inedible, but this (at least on paper) actually looks like a pretty strong lineup.
So with your obscenely overpriced fair tickets in hand and an abnormally waxy cup full of your beverage of choice, which stand serving one of the menu items listed above are you willing to wait in line for?