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Fried Food Winner Crowned

The winner was announced on Labor Day



    Fried Food Winners Announced

    The winners of the Big Tex Taste Choice awards were announced Labor Day -- and Deep-Fried Jambalaya was the big winner. (Published Monday, Sept. 3, 2012)

    In the early-morning hours on Labor Day, taste testers taste-tested eight delectable dishes, described from a State Fair press release below, but only one could be crowned the champ.  This year, the honor goes to Abel Gonzales, the creator of Deep Fried Jambalaya.

    Fried Oreos have nothing on these new inventions by the deep-frying wizards that entered the Big Tex Choice Awards at the State Fair of Texas.

    Chicken Fried Cactus Bites – Fairgoers will stick with these hand-picked prickly pear cactus pads, thinly sliced, chicken battered and deep fried to perfection. Served with a combination of sweet & spicy secret jalapeno ranch, and agave nectar dipping sauce.

    Deep-Fried Divine Chocolate Tres Leches Cake - A slice of chocolate tres leches cake soaked in buttermilk batter, and fried to perfection. A light sprinkle of cinnamon, topped with whipped cream, fresh strawberry slices and peaches are drizzled with a yummy syrup.

    Big Tex Choice Award Winner Crowned

    [DFW] Big Tex Choice Award Winner Crowned
    Eight deep-fried goodies were taste-tested and a winner, Deep-Fried Jambalaya, has been crowned in the 2012 Big Tex Choice Awards.
    (Published Monday, Sept. 3, 2012)

    Deep Fried Jambalaya - A State Fair spin is given to this Cajun classic. This "from scratch" jambalaya is created using shrimp, cajun sausage and seasonings, then coated in lightly seasoned flour and fried to a golden perfection. This deep-fried Southern delectable will be served with a side of "made in house" spicy ranch sauce.

    Deep Fried Mac-N-Cheese Slider – This three-cheese mac is baked until golden brown, battered in bread crumbs, deep-fried until crisp on the outside, warm and gooey on the inside. Placed on a slider bun with a griddled beef patty, this southern-style invention almost calls for a rocking chair and a front porch.

    Fried Bacon Cinnamon Roll - Deliciously fresh cinnamon roll dipped in a special sweet pancake batter, rolled in crispy fried bacon crumbles, deep fried and sprinkled with powdered sugar. It’s a main course and a dessert all in one.

    Fried Mexican Fire Crackers - A yummy, spicy chicken, cheese and jalapeno mix wrapped in fresh-made masa dough and deep fried to a crispy, crunchy, explosion of flavor. OLE, JOSE! Served with fiery TNT sauce.

    Fried Pork Wing - This juicy morsel is slow cooked for six hours then lightly deep fried, rolled and tossed in a smoked bacon chipotle glaze. Accompanied by old-school homemade potato chips lightly dusted in barbecue seasoning, it’s a sure crowd pleaser.

    Picnic on a Stick - Pieces of delicious spicy fried chicken alternate tater tots and slices of dill pickle. Repeated three times on a stick then dipped in batter, rolled in bread crumbs, and fried until golden brown, this picnic wouldn’t be complete without its choice of BBQ sauce, ranch, or honey mustard. BYO ants.

    State Fair Fried Foods

    [DFW] State Fair Fried Foods
    Meet Butch Benavides his chicken fried cactus bites and his son's fried bacon cinnamon roll they are both Big Tex Choice Awards finalists.
    (Published Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012)

    We visited the Fair last year for a State Fair Taste Test that had our crews downing some of the most interesting fried foods on the fairgrounds. Take a look at some of those videos here.