No bluebonnets were harmed in the making of this year's Big Tex Choice awards – despite the fact that a Deep Fried Texas Bluebonnet appears on the list of 2014 finalists.
There are plenty of fried items in the finalists of this year's food competition, including that blueberry muffin that's stuffed and fried up and called a bluebonnet.
But perhaps there's a realization that maybe chefs are starting to run out of things to drop in a deep fryer. A funnel cake-inspired beer is also among the eight items that will be judged at the State Fair of Texas culinary battle.
The contest, celebrating its tenth year, will be held on Labor Day and for the first time a limited number of tickets are available for people to attend, with funds going to the State Fair of Texas Youth Scholarship Fund. The judges will pick Best Tasting and Most Creative.
The winners in 2013 included the Deep Fried Cuban Roll (Best Tasting) and Fried Thanksgiving Dinner (Most Creative).
This year's finalists are (with descriptions courtesy the State Fair):
· Chicken Fried Loaded Baked Potato
“The creamy and moist insides of a baked potato, loaded with generous amounts of butter, bacon, and cheddar cheese, are coated and battered with a delectable blend of spices and flour that create a perfect combination of fried crispy crust and delicious, creamy loaded baked potato. Served with a ranch dipping sauce.”
· Deep Fried "Breakfast for Dinner
“A twist on a favorite American dinner--"Breakfast for Dinner." This is a 10" flour tortilla stuffed with eight favorite breakfast items - scrambled eggs, breakfast sausage, bacon, potatoes, ham, onion, cheddar cheese and gooey cinnamon roll bits - that are deep fried until golden brown and served with a creamy country gravy, salsa and a pico-queso dip.”
· Deep Fried Texas Bluebonnet
“The Deep Fried Texas Bluebonnet is a blueberry muffin, scone-style batter that is stuffed with cream cheese, blueberries and sweet morsels of white chocolate. It is baked and deep fried to a perfect golden brown. This mountain of flavor is topped off with whipped cream, chopped white chocolate morsels, powdered sugar, blueberries, and a delicious blueberry glaze.”
· Fried Gulf Shrimp Boil
“Everything you would expect in a shrimp boil rolled into a ball, dusted with Fish Fry, and fried to a golden brown! Baby gulf shrimp, diced red potatoes, onion, lemon, and seasoning are formed around a cocktail shrimp, dusted and fried with the tail sticking out for a handle. Served with a remoulade sauce.”
· Fried Sriracha Balls
“A lip-smacking combination of shredded chicken, corn, green chilies, tomatoes, and Sriracha hot sauce, formed into balls and coated with crispy tortilla chips. It is then flash-fried until golden brown. For those who like their food higher on the Scoville Scale, extra Sriracha Sauce is available.”
· Fried Sweet Texas
“Traveling across Texas to try the best and most popular desserts gave inspiration for this fried treat. Fried Sweet Texas starts with fresh pie dough filled with crunchy pecan pie, juicy peach cobbler, and creamy buttermilk pie. It is then deep fried until the crust is golden brown and flaky, and then served up with a side of Texas' own Blue Bell Vanilla Ice Cream. A real tribute to Texans and their amazing sweet treats!”
· Original State Fair Brew - Funnel Cake Ale
“A light and delicious ale brewed to be reminiscent of one of the telltale flavors of the State Fair - FUNNEL CAKE! This refreshing English style summer ale has been brewed to be ready and crisp, with just the right amount of toastiness and sweetness, finishing with delicate notes of natural vanilla; all great flavors you find in a perfectly executed funnel cake. For those whose taste buds call for a sweeter finish, take advantage of the option to have the rim of your cup coated with powdered sugar. Must be 21 years of age. “
· Twisted Texas Tacos
“What do you get when you combine the four major food groups of Texas? Chicken Fried, Barbecue, Tex-Mex, and Chili - Twisted Texas Tacos! This taco starts off with tender, juicy hickory smoked Texas beef brisket, double-dipped in a barbecue spiced buttermilk batter and deep fried until it is robust and beefy. It is served in a warm flour tortilla, generously layered with a Mexican cheese blend, crispy fried okra, and a sweet and crunchy tri-color slaw, accented with zesty poblano and sweet pepper corn. Served with a creamy country gravy, spicy Texas Chili and a miniature salute from the Lone Star flag.”
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