Friday, July 14
For Those Of You Who Thought "Hell's Kitchen" was in New York City
Robert Scheer, Indianapolis Star
That would be the winner (yes, the winner) of the Indiana State Fair signature food (yes, food) competition.
Let's let the creator explain it:
"I tried coating strawberries with chocolate. But the funnel cake batter wouldn't stick to it," (Joanie Monroe) said. "And I experimented with freezing the strawberries, but I wasn't happy with the results."
Monroe will use fresh strawberries, which are skewered, battered and deep fried before being topped with chocolate sauce, powdered sugar and more strawberries.
"The strawberries have a lot going for them as a great fair food, since they're deep fried and served on a stick, and I think a lot of people will look forward to trying them," Cindy Hoye, Indiana State Fair executive director, said via e-mail....
Monroe's strawberries took 30 percent of the vote; the pre-packaged Cool Dog frozen treat got 23 percent; Deep-Fried Sauerkraut Balls received 18 percent; Cream-Filled Deep-Fried Puff Balls took 15 percent; and Caramel Popcorn Pie won 12 percent.
No word on how you get funnel cake batter to stick to sauerkraut; you'll just have to experiment. My only question is this: if that thing crawled into your tent in the wilds one night, would your first thought be to reach for a frying pan or a flyswatter?