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May 7, 2012 08:33 AM

Fair & carnival food

Any Hounds like fair & carnival food?

My fav is the skinny fries made from fresh potatoes.

What are your picks?

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  1. I do love a tasty corndawg. With lots of mustard, natch.

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    1. re: Perilagu Khan

      The thing I like the most at our fair are called "Vikings", batter fried swedish meatballs on a stick. Some Gooood!

      1. re: Perilagu Khan

        Definitely a corndog with mustard, and some deef-fried zucchini w/ ranch dressing, and an ear of butter-dipped barbequed corn. Dessert would definitely be Mackinac Island fudge, and a lemonade slushy with a pulled-pork sammidge later. (We tend to spend all day at the fair, so it's not as horrible as it sounds. ) thank goodness it comes but once a year And let me not forget the poutine, and the mini-cinnamon doughnuts. Oh, and the Pesto spaghetti and a deep-fried Oreo cookie.

        1. re: mamachef

          Now that's what I call livin' large. ;)

          1. re: Perilagu Khan

            Hah. Tell it to my butt and hand me the prilosec. : )

            1. re: mamachef

              Don't you wish it would go to your boobs instead? Alas, no. The butt.

              1. re: suzigirl

                Oh, I dunno. An ample--within reason--bottom can be just the thing.

                1. re: suzigirl

                  suzigirl, if that were to happen I would know for sure that the gods love me and want me to be happy. : )

        2. Oh my my....where to begin? Onion ring stacks, soft pretzles with mustard, turkey legs, Italian sausages w/ peppers and onions,chocolate dipped cheesecake on a stick, funnel cakes,snow cones.... I could keep this up all day. I think I just gained two pounds writing this

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          1. re: suzigirl

            And I gained four reading it. Thanksalot!

          2. Churros! Oh those fluffy, crunchy-on-the-outside cinnamon-sugar coated delights...

            Also hot links that have been cooked on a big smokey BBQ :D

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            1. At least in New England - fried dough with a little powered suger. To die for, and I'm sure many have.

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              1. re: bobbert

                YES--you beat me to it--LOVE, LOVE, LOVE pizza fritte! And I don't mind a hit of the brush with melted butter, either, before sprinkling the sugar on. Mmmmmmmmm. I didn't realize this was a New England thing. If so, lemme tell ya, rest of the country and world, you're missin' out! ;)

                My old favorite from the Big E was beer battered apple slices--appelflappen--also dusted with powdered sugar (see a theme beginning to emerge here?). They used to hand out stickers "I only came for the appelflappen" and I would wear mine proudly ALL DAY. They look like this:

                And cotton candy. A little goes a long way these days, but what's not to like about spun sugar?!

                1. re: bobbert

                  Where I grew up in Jersey, my mother would stop at the Fair "entrance", which was a good 5 minute walk from the actual fair itself (all that parking), drop me off, have me walk to the Funnel Cake stand and get 2 helpings.

                  That stuff is amazing.

                  1. re: DougRisk

                    i remember the first time i had a funnel cake... i was 9 or 10. my friend kept reminding (begging) her dad that we had to get them on the way out of the park... i wasn't too much into sweets, and kept thinking, 'what the heck is the big deal?' then when she got one, after much prodding, i finally took a piece... oh goodness gracious. the way it melted in my mouth, the coating of powdered sugar melting harmoniously in my mouth and onto the fried dough... it was just... mmyeah..

                  2. re: bobbert

                    We call them elephant ears where I live. Yum. We can get them powdered, cinnamon sugar or fruit.

                    1. re: suzigirl

                      I've had elephant ears that were huge rolled fried dough, and funnel cakes that were batter poured through a funnel into the oil. That's how I've always known them each to be.
                      When I did a google image search for elephant ears to show hubby the difference, I got photos of both, captioned as elephant ears!

                    2. re: bobbert

                      At the CT fairs they would top the fried dough with tomato sauce and good quality shaker Parmesan cheese. Like fried dough pizza almost. So amazing.

                        1. re: melpy

                          Yep, you could either get the sauce and cheese combo, or the powdered sugar. Ours were just the big pieces of dough thrown in the fryer

                      1. Well, German fair foods are rather different -- not everything's deep-fried or contains enough sugar to kill a village '-)

                        Some of my personal faves are:

                        - garlicky sautéed mushrooms in a white wine-cream sauce
                        - roasted chestnuts
                        - fish fry (Backfisch)
                        - pork chops from this one particular stand grilled over a massive fire.... (out of this world, i tells ya.)
                        - chocolate fruit on a skewer
                        - dampfnudeln (steamed yeast dumplings), often served with vanilla sauce and plum jam

                        Yep, all very, very healthy eats :-D

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                        1. re: linguafood

                          I want to go to your fair. You're making mine suck. ;-p

                          1. re: suzigirl

                            If it's any consolation, most of those foods -- the backfisch and the shrooms in particular come to mind -- aren't generally the best possible renditions of the dish.... think oil that's been used a few times too many. Guess that makes it so charmingly delicious '-)

                            The pork chop (Idar-Obersteiner Spießbraten), tho, is pretty amazing.

                            1. re: linguafood

                              Been there and agree on the Spiessbraten. Also Schashliche (Pig and onions on a stick), Pea soup from the Rotes Kruz, Currywurst, Leberkase mit senf, and a half liter glass of wine at Bad Durkheim. Or a Mass of local Export bier.

                            2. re: linguafood

                              <<not everything's deep-fried or contains enough sugar to kill a village>> Then where's the appeal?! ;P See my post above, HA HA HA. Plus, you've gotta save room/calories for all the beer at German fests, right? :)

                              1. re: kattyeyes

                                I haven't had cotton candy in 30 years, probably. Loved it as a kid, but can't abide it now. Ick.

                                And there is *always* room for German beer calories :-)

                                1. re: linguafood

                                  I agree with the ick factor on cotton candy. I did it to myself though I was little and my school was having raiser fair and I wanted to go. BUT I was getting over a nasty bout of the flu and my parents said no. When they left for work I walked to the school fair anyway. With the little bit of allowance money I had I played a ring toss game and then I saw it.... the giant puffy marvelous pinkspun sugar on the paper cone. Should have been a lifelong love affair,but alas it was not. I ate the whole thing and was soooo sick. Don't know if it was being less then stellar feeling or the ten pounds of sugar but to this day I cannot even stand the smell. My mom said I got what I deserved. She was right.

                                  1. re: linguafood

                                    HA HA re German beer calories! ;) I can't remember the last time I had cotton candy, but whenever I see it, I want just a little. Probably the nostalgia factor, plus the texture is so damned cool and fluffy. I could probably go many miles on one "cone" of it.

                                2. re: linguafood

                                  I'm in the USA but love to be reminded of the chow at German fests. One of my favorite memories is griddled brats and onions with bread and mustard at a Wiesbaden wine festival. Also the mulled wine (Glühwein) and pastries at the Freiburg Christmas markets. But I guess it's always about atmosphere and company, too.

                                  I gather that you're in Berlin. I would DIE for some more Berlin-Turkish street foods, esp. the Döner kebabs....

                                  1. re: Bada Bing

                                    Ha. The mulled wine always sounds better than it is, in the end. I've now given up on it -- sometimes you can get mead, which I actually prefer, but I'm generally not to hip to hot booze.

                                    I *will* be in Berlin in a mere 6 days, and you can bet your sweet bada bing that I'll be having some döner rather soon :-)

                                    1. re: linguafood

                                      Ha. The mulled wine always sounds better than it is, in the end

                                      so true, so true......

                                    2. re: Bada Bing

                                      Ahh, the hazy memories of blowing my last 5DM at the doner stand in the banhoff before catching the last train....

                                    3. re: linguafood

                                      Some more German fair food:

                                      --Potato pancakes with apple sauce
                                      --roasted chestnuts (yum, just had to mention them again)
                                      --Schmalzgebäck (fried dough, lard cakes?)

                                      In the US, the only one I can think of is corndogs. I've never been to a state fair.