Favorite State Fair Foods

Favorite State Fair Foods

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September is the perfect time to attend a local state fair. When I was a girl, my folks would take us to the Kansas State Fair almost every year. It often coincided near my birthday, and I remember celebrating it at the fair–sometimes with a stuffed animal my dad or brothers won for me at the carnival! And the food. Who doesn’t have Favorite State Fair Foods!

Recipe for State Fair Funnel Cakes

Now, I’m not one who loves all those foods deep fried in hot oil. Like Fried Twinkies, Fried Oreos, Fried Snickers, or even fried pickles. But even now, I have a hard time passing by a corn dog stand. Or a stand of funnel cakes. Or waffle ice cream cones, big chewy pretzels, or a big slice of pizza! So yummy! 

Recipe for Artisan Sourdough Pizza Dough

If you’re unable to attend a fair this year, please don’t despair! I have worked on a few recipes, tweaking them to “State Fair” worthiness. Here are a few of our favorite State Fair Recipes that we love. Learn more about the Kansas State Fair Here.

 

State Fair Fried Foods

I love State Fair Corn Dogs. Pronto Pups. Foot Long Corn Dogs–whatever you want to call them! I like mine slathered with a stream of ketchup and mustard. Two would be even better!

State Fair Corn Dogs
I love State Fair Corn Dogs. Pronto Pups. Foot Long Corn Dogs--whatever you want to call them! I like mine slathered with a stream of ketchup and mustard. Two would be even better!
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Recipe for State Fair Corn Dogs

 

 

Beer-Battered Onion Rings are so delicious and surprisingly simple to make. Light and crunchy with thick slices of sweet onion. And the dipping sauce is pretty amazing, too!

Beer-Battered Onion Rings
Beer-Battered Onion Rings are so delicious and surprisingly simple to make. Light and crunchy with thick slices of sweet onion. And the dipping sauce is pretty amazing, too! 
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Recipe for Beer-Battered Onion Rings

 

 

Or how about Fried Egg Rolls? These little gems are filled with sausage and well seasoned vegetables, and are then fried in deep fat for a crispy brown shell. So yummy!

Egg Rolls
Although this recipe calls for a bit of work, it is well worth the effort. Serve with Fried Rice or Egg Drop Soup. Yum!
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Recipe for Egg Rolls

 

 

These Mozzarella Cheese Sticks will rival any you’ve eaten at a restaurant. The breaded crust is seasoned to perfection, and then you bite into the melted ooey-gooey cheesy yumminess.

Mozzarella Cheese Sticks
Here's a delicious recipe to try. It takes a little bit of time, and can be messy, but believe me, these cheese sticks rival any you'll eat at a restaurant. So good!
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Recipe for Mozzarella Cheese Sticks

 

 

Fried Okra Bites are another fried food you might find at the State Fair. Small pieces of okra that have a crispy cornmeal coating laced with seasoned salt and garlic. So good!

Fried Okra Bites
Here's a delicious recipe to serve at your next fish fry, shrimp boil, or barbecue. Enjoy!
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Recipe for Fried Okra Bites

 

 

These Zucchini Fritters with Ranch Dip are a great way to use fresh zucchini and are another fried food you might find at the State Fair.

Zucchini Fritters with Ranch Dip
These Zucchini Fritters with Ranch Dip are a great way to use fresh zucchini. I've added a jalapeno pepper for a little kick, and some lemon zest for some zing. Then dip them into a homemade Ranch Dip. These fritters can be served as a side dish or as an appetizer for your next gathering.
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Recipe for Zucchini Fritters with Ranch Dip

 

 

Last, but not least, how about Homemade Toasted Ravioli? Tender pasta wrapped around a filling of beef, pork, herbs, and cheese, then fried to a crispy crumb. So good!

Homemade Toasted Ravioli
As you may know already, I enjoy making Italian food. Here's a new recipe I made after tasting my first Toasted Ravioli in St. Louis one spring. Enjoy!
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Recipe for Homemade Toasted Ravioli

 

Fried Desserts for Your Sweet Tooth

This recipe for State Fair Funnel Cakes is a wonderful way to enjoy this sweet fried cake when you’re at home. Puffy, crispy fried batter sprinkled with lots of powdered sugar. Yum!

State Fair Funnel Cakes
This recipe for State Fair Funnel Cakes is a wonderful way to enjoy this sweet fried cake when you’re at home.  Puffy, crispy fried batter sprinkled with lots of powdered sugar. Yum!
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Recipe for State Fair Funnel Cakes

 

 

Apple Cider Fritters is a delicious recipe we enjoy in the fall that I make using my dad’s fresh apple cider. I’m not sure there is a better way to welcome in Autumn than by enjoying one of these lovelies.

Apple Cider Fritters
Here's a delicious recipe we enjoy in the fall that I make using my dad's fresh apple cider. So good!!
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Recipe for Apple Cider Fritters

 

 

Pies, Pretzels, Pizza and Popcorn!

Most people think of fried foods when they go to the State Fair, but there are a lot of baked goods to enjoy as well, like homemade fruit pies. Soft, chewy pretzels, or big slices of pizza. And don’t forget about popcorn!

 

Sourdough Pretzels with Mustard Dip are delicious any time of year–not just during baseball season. They are best served warm, fresh from the oven,

Sourdough Pretzels with Mustard Dip
We love these soft pretzels at any time of year. They are best served warm, fresh from the oven, but they’re also good hours later warmed in a toaster oven or even the next day. But trust me, they won’t last long.
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Recipe for Sourdough Pretzels with Mustard Dip

 

 

This Artisan Sourdough Pizza is one of the best recipes I’ve worked with to date, especially if you’re going for that charred crispy edge, puffy crust, and a simple topping. Flavored with a touch of onion and garlic, and a homemade chunky sauce, I think you’re going to love this one.

Artisan Sourdough Pizza Dough
This Artisan Sourdough Pizza Dough is one of the best recipes I’ve worked with to date, especially if you’re going for that charred crispy edge, puffy crust, and a simple topping. Flavored with a touch of onion and garlic, and a homemade chunky sauce, I think you’re going to love this one.
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Recipe for Artisan Sourdough Pizza Dough

 

 

Homemade Pies to Consider

 

Homemade Cherry Pie is so delicious when using fresh cherries. If you can find them, (or pick them from a tree) we love tart cherries, which remind me of my childhood. But dark sweet cherries work well, too, which is what I’m using for this recipe.

Cherry Pie
Here's a yummy recipe to try when you have fresh cherries--tart or dark sweet cherries.
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Recipe for Cherry Pie - Homemade Cherry Pie

 

 

Here’s a delicious recipe for Country Blueberry Pie that uses fresh blueberries and a homemade pie crust. So yummy! Especially when served with whipping cream or ice cream!

Country Blueberry Pie
Here's a delicious recipe for Blueberry Pie.
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Country Blueberry Pie

 

 

This recipe for Homemade Apple Pie has been in our family for at least four generations and has won two grand champion ribbons at our county fair.

Homemade Apple Pie
Here is a favorite recipe for homemade apple pie:
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Recipe for Homemade Apple Pie

 

 

When I was a girl, my mom made Fresh Tart Rhubarb Pie from the rhubarb she grew in her garden. It was green, very sweet, very juicy, and so delicious. Paired with her flaky pie dough, it was always a hit.

Fresh Tart Rhubarb Pie
When I was a girl, my mom made Fresh Tart Rhubarb Pie from the rhubarb she grew in her garden. It was green, very sweet, very juicy, and so delicious. Paired with her flaky pie dough, it was always a hit. And still is today. My daughters request it every spring. 
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Recipe for Fresh Tart Rhubarb Pie

 

 

Here’s my Mom’s Peach Pie recipe. My husband and daughters love it. The peach filling uses fresh peaches and a flour mixture to thicken the sauce.

Mom's Peach Pie
Here's my mom's recipe for Homemade Peach Pie. Enjoy!
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Bourbon Pecan Pie with Whipped Cream is another yummy pie you might find at the State Fair. Rich, buttery filling loaded with pecans and just a hint of bourbon flavor, topped with a light whipped cream. Simply delicious!

Bourbon Pecan Pie with Whipped Cream
Bourbon Pecan Pie with Whipped Cream is perfect for the holidays or for family gatherings. Our family loves this recipe. Rich, buttery filling loaded with pecans and just a hint of bourbon flavor, topped with a light whipped cream. Simply delicious!
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Recipe for Bourbon Pecan Pie with Homemade Whipped Cream

 

I would be remiss if I didn’t include Cinnamon Rolls on this list of yummies! Sourdough Cinnamon Rolls are perfect for a weekend with family or to give to those you love. Bake them in two round cake pans–one for your family and the other for a friend.

Sourdough Cinnamon Rolls
This recipe is perfect for using your sourdough starter and makes delicious rolls for breakfast or snacking. Makes enough for the weekend or for sharing with your loved ones!
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Recipe for Sourdough Cinnamon Rolls

 

A visit to the state fair would not be complete without a package of Kettle Corn to take home. This recipe is pretty tasty and very easy to make. A sweet and salty snack perfect for afternoons or evenings!

Kettle Corn
Our middle daughter loves Kettle Corn and always wants us to get some when we're at a fair or festival. Here's a recipe to try at home that is pretty yummy and very easy. We use a Whirley Pop Cooker, but you may use a large kettle with a lid as well, shaking often.
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Recipe for Kettle Corn

 

 

Favorite State Fair Beverages

Here are three of our favorite drinks that you will easily find at the State Fair.

 

I remember making Orange Julius when I was a girl. So sweet and milky. And cold. A wonderful diversion on a hot summer day.

Orange Julius
Here's a recipe that brings back memories from my childhood. Treat your kids (and yourself) to this delicious icy beverage.
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Recipe for Orange Julius

 

 

We love Cherry Limeades and this homemade recipe is delicious and easy to make.

Homemade Cherry Limeades
This is an easy and delicious recipe to serve on a hot summer day! We think it's better than Sonic's! Enjoy!
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Recipe for Homemade Cherry Limeades

 

 

And for you coffee lovers out there, how about an Iced Mocha! I love iced coffee in the summertime. Here’s an easy and delicious recipe to make at home.

Iced Mocha
Here's an easy and delicious recipe for those who love chocolate or iced coffee. I like to keep a tray of coffee ice cubes (the stronger, the better) in the freezer for whenever the craving attacks! Enjoy!
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Iced Mocha

 

 

Serve Kettle Corn in Individual Bowls

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post about State Fair Foods! If you’ve never attended one before, I encourage you to give it a try, take a friend, or your family and enjoy a day or weekend at the fair. And if you’re unable to attend this year, please give one of these recipes a try and imagine that you are there, while in the comfort of your own home!

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