Just in case Aleheads are looking for a tasty appetizer to pair with that Black and White Stout Milkshake this summer, look no further than the State Fair of Texas and its Big Tex Choice Awards, an annual food competition featuring such diverse finalists as:
- Deep Fried S’mores Pop• Tart® – Pop• Tart® with a sensational chocolate, peanut butter, s’mores flavor is lightly battered & deep fried. Hot out of the fryer then drizzled with chocolate syrup and topped with whipped cream.
- Fernie’s Fried Club Salad – Super colossal 12” spinach wrap surrounds generous layers of juicy diced ham & chicken, shredded iceberg, crunchy carrot strips, ripe cherry tomatoes, shredded sharp cheddar and hickory smoked bacon. Deep fried until lightly crispy; topped with deep-fried sour dough croutons on a stick & served on a bed of shredded romaine lettuce. Choice of creamy Ranch, Thousand Island or Caesar dressing. (Ed. note: Wait, no light vinaigrette?)
- Texas Fried Frito Pie – A generous portion of savory Texas born chili accented with a hint of sharp cheddar encased in everybody’s favorite corn chip. Lightly battered and fried to a golden brown perfection.
However, competitor Mark Zable may have just invented the neutron bomb of this competition, an entry that will render all future Big Tex competitions unnecessary. He’s done the impossible. He’s discovered how to fry beer. And not just beer. Guinness. People, do you realize what this means?
After years of being told by food scientist that it couldn’t, nay, shouldn’t be done, and countless ales forfeiting their lives to fulfill Mr. Zable’s vision of a world of fried alcoholic beverages, his patented Fried Beer™ makes it’s debut to the public at the 2010 State Fair of Texas on September 26. Winners of the Big Tex Choice Award will be announced Labor Day. Attendees and judges may want to schedule those coronary graft bypass surgeries now, as beds are sure to fill up fast.
Good luck, Mark Zable and Fried Beer! This Alehead salutes you. But is there any way I could get mine wrapped in bacon? And what kind of beer would be the best fried? I smell a conundrum…