If there’s one thing we can depend on as a society, it’s fried greatness from the State Fair of Texas.
The 24-day “fried food capital of Texas,” running until Oct. 19 in Dallas, includes live music, livestock competitions, an auto show and, most importantly, a grand exhibit of all the different foods that can be thrown into a deep fryer.
This year, the fair featured another slew of new fried absurdities, including Deep-Fried Sweet Tea, Deep-Fried Brisket and Deep-Fried Pumpkin Spice Oreos. And a lot of things “sprinkled” with powdered sugar.
Take a look at some the craziest, most ridiculous and hate-to-admit-it-but-kind-of-delicious-looking offerings:
Warning: Viewing the below photos might cause a heart attack.
The Fry Dog is exactly what it sounds like: a hot dog wrapped in french fries and then deep-fried until it’s one big piece of crispy, junk food on a stick.
DEEP-FRIED SWEET TEA
The South’s signature drink is combined with their signature cooking technique by blending brewed sweet tea into a custard filling. It’s then coated in a graham cracker crust, deep fried and topped with sweet tea syrup.
DEEP FRIED SMOKED BRISKET
This barbecue-gone-wild is smoked for 12 hours before hitting the fryer. It’s served with fried onion rings, barbecue sauce and pickle slices.
A good way to start your morning in Texas.
FRIED SRIRACHA BALLS
The popular Thai hot sauce sauce is mixed with shredded chicken, corn, green chilies and tomatoes, rolled into balls, breaded with crushed tortilla strips and fried.
FRIED PUMPKIN SPICE OREOS
The season’s most popular flavor is now a battered, fried, doughy sphere of pumpkin cheer.
Yes, that’s really what they’re called. How it’s made: Chocolate cake, chocolate frosting, maple syrup and bacon pieces are rolled into balls and then, of course, deep fried. The balls are dusted with powdered sugar, drizzled with chocolate and maple syrups and — just for good measure — topped with more bacon crumbles.
TEXAS-FRIED CHICKEN IN A WAFFLE CONE
How do you make the classic Southern dish even more over-the-top? Throw the chicken into a cone and smother it with sausage gravy.
Crispy, creamy and oh-so rich — are some things just meant to be fried?
DEEP-FRIED MILK AND COOKIES ON A STICK
Whole milk, half & half and heavy cream are mixed with sugar and cookies, and then slow cooked into a creamy custard. After six hours of chilling, it’s sliced into thin sections, dipped in egg wash and Japanese bread crumbs and — surprise! — deep fried. It’s dusted with powdered sugar, and served with either chocolate or strawberry sauce.
A nice “healthy” option.
BISCUIT FRIES WITH CHOCOLATE GRAVY
Strips of buttermilk biscuit dough are fried, sprinkled with powdered sugar and served with milk chocolate “gravy “for dipping.
DEEP-FRIED STUFFED GORDITA
A gordita (kind of like a fatter, fluffier taco) is stuffed with beef and beans, fried and topped with cheese, lime cabbage slaw and — if you so desire — a drizzle of avocado crema sauce.
FUNNEL CAKE ALE
It’s not necessarily fried itself, but it’s inspired by a classic fried dish. This mild beer is served with a powdered sugar rim.
FRIED PB&J BANANA SANDWICH
Lots of jelly, plus a healthy sprinkle of powdered sugar.