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Fried Thanksgiving dinner among State Fair of Texas fried food finalists

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Fried Thanksgiving Dinner (via State Fair) Fried Thanksgiving Dinner (via State Fair)
Fernie's Deep Fried King Ranch Casserole (via State Fair) Fernie's Deep Fried King Ranch Casserole (via State Fair)
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As if the Thanksgiving dinner wasn't gut wrenching enough, it will get fried at this year's State Fair of Texas.

The finalists for the annual Big Tex Choice Awards were announced Tuesday. They include:

Awesome Deep Fried Nutella – Cream cheese and Nutella are rolled up in Phyllo dough sheets and deep fried. It's served with drizzled honey shaved almonds.

Deep Fried Cuban Roll – Pastry dough is stuffed with slow-cooked pork, chopped ham, Swiss cheese, pickles and secret sauce and then fried. It's served with a side of mayonnaise.

Fernie's Deep Fried King Ranch Casserole – The casserole is dipped in an egg wash and coated in panko bread crumbs before being fried. It's served with a side of tortilla chips and sour cream or cheesy queso.

Fried Thanksgiving Dinner – Stuffing and diced roasted turkey are rolled into a ball, dipped in creamed corn, covered with corn meal and fried. It's served with a side of giblet brown gravy and orange-cranberry dipping sauce.

Golden Fried Millionaire Pie – Pineapple and pecan cream cheese is wrapped in flaky pie crust and then fried and topped with whipped cream, toasted coconut and candied pecans.

Spinach Dip Bites – Spinach artichoke bites are coated with crispy tortilla chips and flash-fried. It's served with salsa.

Southern style Chicken-Fried Meatloaf – Meatloaf slices are coated in chicken-fried breading and deep fried and served with garlic mashed potatoes, gravy and a brown sugar ketchup glaze for dipping.

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. It's served with a chipotle ranch dipping sauce.

Winners for Best Taste and Most Creative will be selected on Labor Day. Last year's winners were Deep Fried Jambalaya and Fried Bacon Cinnamon Roll respectively.

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