'fair food' on Serious Eats

Easy Funnel Cake

At state fairs, funnel cakes are enormous, paper plate-sized affairs made by pouring batter from a funnel in a winding circular pattern over hot oil. This homemade version is simplified by using complete buttermilk pancake mix doctored up with a bit of sugar. More

Top 20 Eats at the Arkansas State Fair

Lots of new items are available in Little Rock this week for the 72nd Arkansas State Fair , which takes place from October 14 through 23. This year at the Midway and the food court, the emphasis seems to be on hot and spicy, with entries such as Jalapeño Lemonade and Nuclear Wings. Non-fried options such as the Rabbit Sandwich, MOINK Balls, and the BBQ Parfait are also popular. But of course you'll still find your Deep-Fried Watermelon on a Stick and Deep-Fried Corn-on-the-Cob, because what would the fair be without those? More

Gluten-Free Tuesday: Funnel Cakes

Who knew a funnel cake could make a person nervous? It's not that I have a frying phobia, but I wondered how drizzling gluten-free batter into hot oil would work. Without gluten holding things together, would the cakes fry up into the classic lacy funnel cake shape? Or would I end up with solid disks of fried batter? Turns out, they work really well gluten-free. They key is to get the batter right. More

Festival Food in Australia: Dagwood Dogs

In the part of Australia that I lived in for most of my life we had very few "festivals" as such. What we did have, though, was the Royal Show. Every year the Royal Show tours Australia, stopping at untold amounts of places along the way. One of, if not the, most common foods at the Royal Show was the Dagwood Dog, also known as the Pluto Pup. Essentially just a hot dog on a stick, dipped in batter then deep-fried, this is an absolute thing of beauty. More

The Tornado Potato Touches Down in the U.S.

Remember the tornado potato? That strange spiral-cut potato that's skewered and deep-fried? The street-food treat found in Seoul, South Korea? It did a whirlwind tour of the web in 2007, when the blog Superlocal posted a photo of it. (And, yes, we blogged it, too.) It looks like the tornado potato has finally made it Stateside. It'll be available at the Minnesota State Fair this year (August 27 through Labor Day), but I caught sight of one this week on the boardwalk in Wildwood, New Jersey, which is basically all state-fair food all the time (at least during the summer tourist season). [What it looks like, after the jump ...]... More

Blogwatch: Homesick Texan's Homemade Corny Dogs

Lisa Fain, the Homesick Texan, may wax nostalgic for her home state's fair, but she refuses to go without just because she lives in New York. While pining for Fletcher's corny dogs, she develops a recipe of her own: use turkey or tofu dogs, or add jalapeños or chipotles to the corn bread batter. But she makes hers plain and old-fashioned, much like she'd always had at the Texas State Fair: "And that’s the best thing about corny dogs; no matter how old you are they always make you feel like you’re a kid again." Who says fried food on a stick isn't the best thing ever?... More

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