When the cornmeal had settled, two fried foodstuffs emerged victorious in the 2013 Big Tex Choice Awards; the Deep Fried Cuban Roll and Fried Thanksgiving Dinner.
The Cuban Roll beat out a hefty field of eight to take the win in the best taste category, while Fried Thanksgiving Dinner won in the most creative category.
The Cuban Roll is described as 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, in a State Fair press release. The roll is served with a side of majo sauce for dipping.
Fried Thanksgiving Dinner is described thusly: 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!
The pair beat out Awesome Deep Fried Nutella, Fernie’s Deep Fried King Ranch Casserole, Golden Fried Millionaire Pie, Spinach Dip Bites, Southern Style Chicken-Fried Meatloaf, and the Texas Fried Fireball for their titles.
Last year's winners were a fried bacon cinnamon roll in best taste, and deep-fried jambalaya in most creative.
The Texas State Fair runs Sept. 27 through Oct. 20.