Grease-o-Meter off the charts with new State Fair treats

My favorite comment about this is from Relevant Magazine: “It’s State Fair season, which means crazy foods are deep fried and ingested by people all over the country. This year’s possibility for most disgusting possibility? Deep-fried butter. In other words, someone looked at a stick of butter and thought “This is delicious and will kill you … what if we put batter around it and added more grease? Brilliance” …”

According to a recent article by By Walt Zwirko of, “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).”

• 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 does 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?

“Next Monday, three judges will evaluate these candidates in a Labor Day taste-off. Let us know which sounds most interesting to you by casting your own vote. The State Fair of Texas 2009 edition opens September 25 and runs through October 18.”