Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Fried Butter? No, Really.

Who doesn't like a little fried goodness every once in a while? My personal favorite - fried Snickers. I know it sounds disgusting but don't knock it until you try it. It's divine!

There is, however, a limit. Unfortunately the people at the State Fair of Texas don't agree. Every year they come up with a "friend specialty" that is highlighted at the Fair. One year it was friend Twinkies, another fried Coca-Cola. Don't even ask me how one goes about frying Coca-Cola.

This year? Fried butter. Yes people, fried butter. Take a food item that's already loaded with saturated fat and yes, let's fry that baby up! Here's more information on fried butter and other concoctions that will be available in case you have a led stomach.

DALLAS — Last year, Chicken Fried Bacon and a Fried Banana Split took top honors at the annual Big Tex Choice Awards to pick the best new foods at the State Fair of Texas.
This year, the competition is equally innovative (and similarly deep-fried).
Cast Your Vote

Which new State Fair food sounds tastiest to you?
Deep Fried Butter
Twisted Yam on a Stick
Fernie's Deep Fried Peaches & Cream
Texas Fried Pecan Pie
Country Fried Pork Chips
Sweet Jalapeno Corn Dog Shrimp
Fried Peanut Butter Cup Macaroon
None of the above

Deep Fried Butter could push the grease-o-meter to a new high. "100 percent pure butter is whipped 'til light and fluffy, then specially sweetened with a choice of several flavors." It is then surrounded by a "special dough" and quick-fried.

Twisted Yam on a Stick consists of "a delicious, towering, spiral-cut sweet potato on a 13-inch skewer." After being plunked in the fryer, it is then "gently rolled in butter" and dusted with sugar and cinnamon.

Fernie's Deep Fried Peaches & Cream do
es not appear to have any butter in the recipe, but other ingredients include "a delicious batter of cinnamon, ginger, coconut, graham cracker crumbs, eggs and milk." It is then (natch) deep-fried and served on a plate, drizzled with raspberry sauce, sprinkled with streusel and topped with whipped cream. Wait — there is vanilla buttercream icing provided on the side.

Texas Fried Pecan Pie sounds pretty conventional (except for the fried part, of course). It is served with caramel sauce "then topped with whipping cream and chopped, candied pecans."

Country Fried Pork Chips could be your main course, with seasoned, thin-sliced pork loin "surrounded by a tasty corn meal batter and deep-fried." You can get ketchup with it, but why not go whole hog and pour on the cream gravy?

Sweet Jalapeno Corn Dog Shrimp sounds almost too simple: "Shrimp on a stick is coated with a sweet and spicy corn meal batter, then deep-fried to a golden brown and served with a spicy glaze." This could actually have some nutritional value.

Fried Peanut Butter Cup Macaroon is about what you'd expect from the description. It is, of course, "dusted with powdered sugar" after the oil drains. And you probably wouldn't want to get it without the available scoop of Blue Bell ice cream, would you?

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