Finalists announced for State Fair food honors

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) - Some of the craziest and most creative foods make their debut each year at the State Fair of Texas, and 2013 will be no exception. Fair officials on Tuesday announced their list of the latest and greatest deep fried dishes, each selected as a finalist for the ninth annual Big Tex Choice Awards being held on Labor Day.

The delectable offerings will compete for Best Taste and Most Creative honors, and all will be available for crowds at this year's fair, which is scheduled to run from September 27 through October 20. Competing vendors submitted their tasty creations earlier this month, and those entries have been narrowed down to just eight.

Here is the list of those eight finalists, with descriptions provided by State Fair of Texas officals. 

Awesome Deep Fried Nutella: Cream cheese and Nutella are whipped and spread over flaky Phyllo dough sheets, rolled up and deep fried. Served with a drizzle of honey and shaved almonds.

Deep Fried Cuban Roll: A filling of slow cooked pork shoulder, chopped ham, Swiss cheese, pickles and secret sauce is spread onto a slice of Swiss cheese, rolled up in pastry dough and deep fried. Roll is served with a side of majo sauce for dipping.

Fernie's Deep Fried King Ranch Casserole: This stick-to-your-ribs TEXAS SHAPED creation is melted cheese, salty, spicy, goodness that is dipped in a zesty southwestern egg wash and coated in panko bread crumbs. Deep fried golden brown and crunchy on the outside; steamy and creamy on the inside! Served with a side of red, white and blue tortilla chips and your choice of our homemade "salsafied" sour cream or cheesy queso. Each one proudly flying the flag of the Lone Star State and deep fried in the Heart of Texas!

Fried Thanksgiving Dinner: Mama's homemade stuffing and diced roasted turkey are rolled in a ball. Next it's dipped in southern cream corn and rolled in seasoned corn meal — all fried to a crispy golden brown. Served with old fashion giblet brown gravy. The zesty orange cranberry sauce fills your dipping needs and results in a complete Thanksgiving dinner, FRIED!

Golden Fried Millionaire Pie: Sweetened, fluffy cream cheese filling is loaded with golden pineapple and Texas pecans then wrapped in a flaky pie crust and fried to a golden brown. Topped with whipped cream, toasted coconut and candied pecans.

Spinach Dip Bites: Creamy and delicious spinach artichoke dip bites are coated with crispy tortilla chips and flash-fried until golden brown. Bites are served with salsa for an additional kick.

Southern Style Chicken-Fried Meatloaf: Homemade meatloaf slices are coated in an authentic Texas chicken-fried breading and deep fried golden brown. Served with garlic mashed potatoes, Texas cream gravy and a ketchup/brown sugar glaze for dipping.

Texas Fried Fireball: Pimento cheese, pickles, cayenne pepper and bacon are rolled into a ball, dipped in buttermilk, covered with a jalapeno-infused batter and deep fried. Served with chipotle ranch for dipping.

A panel of three judges will select the winners from this group on Labor Day at Fair Park. Last year's winners included Deep Fried Jambalaya and Fried Bacon Cinnamon Rolls. Which fried dish are you eager to try this year? Vote in our poll to pick the creation that sounds tastiest to you, and sound off in our comments section below.


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