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State Fair fried food finalists revealed

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Several deep-fried dishes have been chosen as finalists for the State Fair of Texas' Eighth Annual Big Tex Choice Awards.

Contestants submitted their edible entries in August and the field has been narrowed to eight.


Chicken Fried Cactus Bites – Thinly-sliced prickly pear cactus pads and chicken, battered and deep fried. Served with a combination of sweet and spicy secret jalapeno ranch, and agave nectar dipping sauce.

Deep-Fried Divine Chocolate Tres Leches Cake - A slice of chocolate tres leches cake soaked in buttermilk batter and fried. A light sprinkle of cinnamon, topped with whipped cream, fresh strawberry slices and peaches are drizzled with syrup.

Deep Fried Jambalaya - Jambalaya using shrimp, Cajun sausage and seasonings, then coated in lightly seasoned flour and fried. Served with a side of "made in house" spicy ranch sauce.

Deep Fried Mac-N-Cheese Slider - This three-cheese mac is baked until golden brown, battered in bread crumbs, deep-fried until crisp on the outside, warm and gooey on the inside. Placed on a slider bun with a griddled beef patty.

Fried Bacon Cinnamon Roll - Cinnamon roll dipped in a special sweet pancake batter, rolled in crispy fried bacon crumbles, deep fried and sprinkled with powdered sugar.

Fried Mexican Fire Crackers - Spicy chicken, cheese and jalapeno mix wrapped in fresh-made masa dough and deep fried.

Fried Pork Wing - Slow cooked for six hours then lightly deep fried, rolled and tossed in a smoked bacon chipotle glaze. Accompanied by old-school homemade potato chips lightly dusted in barbecue seasoning.

Picnic on a Stick - Spicy fried chicken, tater tots and slices of dill pickle. Repeated three times on a stick, then dipped in batter, rolled in bread crumbs, and fried. Choice of BBQ sauce, ranch, or honey mustard.


On Labor Day a panel of three judges will pick winners in two categories: Best Taste and Most Creative.

Last year's big winners included Fried Bubblegum in the creative category and Buffalo Chicken in a Flapjack for best taste.

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