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2 dishes win State Fair fried food face-off

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At left, best taste winner Deep Fried Jambalaya. At right, most creative winner Fried Bacon Cinnamon Roll. At left, best taste winner Deep Fried Jambalaya. At right, most creative winner Fried Bacon Cinnamon Roll.
DALLAS -

Two deep-fried dishes to be featured at this year's State Fair of Texas have been chosen winners of the Big Tex Choice Awards.

Seven State fair concessionaires competed before four judges for the coveted titles of Best taste and Most Creative.

For taste, Deep Fried Jambalaya won the prize, while the Fried Bacon Cinnamon Roll earned the nod for creativity.

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

THE CONTENDERS

Deep Fried Jambalaya -- WINNER: BEST TASTE -- 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.

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

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 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 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.

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