It's that time of year again, when Minnesota's greatest carnival-food minds roll out their offerings for the biggest state gathering of the year. The new foods of the 2016 Minnesota State Fair may not all be on sticks (only two are!), but they're as wacky and weird as you've come to expect. And some of them might even be delicious.
Candied Bacon Donut Sliders
Sliced glazed donut holes with thick candied bacon and a chocolate red wine ganache. At Minnesota Wine Country.
Grilled SPAM®, sushi rice, fried egg and wasabi rolled in nori (dried seaweed). At Sushi Rolls.
Minnesota Corn Dog
Custom ground sausage on-a-stick made with blueberries, apples, wild rice, maple syrup and cayenne dipped in a homemade corn dog batter and deep-fried. At Gass Station Grill.
A Taiyaki (fish-shaped) buttermilk miso waffle cone filled with balsamic-roasted strawberry compote and topped with vanilla ice cream, graham cracker crumble and a fresh strawberry. At The Rabbit Hole.
Rustic Beef Pastry
Moroccan-spiced, grass-fed beef and baby spinach topped with creamy goat cheese and nestled in a flakey butter crust. At French Meadow Bakery & Café.
Macaroni & Cheese Curds
Rich macaroni & cheese blended with fresh cheese curds. At Oodles of Noodles.
Cheesy French Onion Monkey Bread
Savory, pull-apart artisan bread loaf filled with caramelized onions, cheese and beef broth, then baked in a wood-fired oven. At Blue Moon Dine-In Theater.
A bed of crispy french fries topped with Ragin’s traditional New Orleans gumbo made with andouille sausage, chicken, bell peppers, onions, celery and a rich roux-based sauce, then finished off with cheese and green onions. At Ragin Cajun.
Iron Range Meat & Potatoes
A hearty portion of seasoned beef with a layer of cheddar cheese, topped with mashed potatoes, baked, and drizzled with a wild rice gravy. At Giggles’ Campfire Grill.
A flour tortilla baked with butter and shredded parmesan, filled with Italian sausage and mozzarella, topped with roasted bruschetta, romaine lettuce, Caesar dressing, pesto, pizza sauce and parmesan cheese, and then drizzled with a balsamic glaze. At Green Mill.
Strawberry Donut Delight
A fresh glazed donut sliced in half and filled with strawberries and whipped cream – like a shortcake sandwich! At The Strawberry Patch.
Lamb dog served hot in a bun with garlic sautéed kale, raw fermented sauerkraut, quinoa and honey mustard drizzle. (Gluten-free option without the bun.) At Lamb Shoppe.
Deep Fried Nachos Supreme
Pepper jack cheese cubes coated with a mixture of crushed seasoned tortilla chips and nacho cheese, then deep-fried, covered with taco meat, guacamole, more nacho cheese and sour cream, and served with jalapeños on the side. Also available traditional-style without the supreme toppings. At Texas Steak Out.
Paneer On A Spear
Deep-fried Indian-seasoned paneer cheese coated with a local craft beer batter and served with tomato garlic chutney. (Gluten-free) At Hot Indian at the Midtown Global Market booth. Available Aug. 31-Sept. 5 only.
Barbecued Shrimp Taco
Sweet, smoky, slightly spicy barbecued shrimp and cool, fresh jicama slaw in a warm flour tortilla. At Tejas Express.
Candied Bacon BLT
Crispy, thick candied bacon, rancher’s slaw and green tomato spread on a sweet egg bun. At The Blue Barn.
Saucy Shrimp & Slaw
Breaded shrimp tossed in your choice of parmesan garlic, sweet chili or buffalo sauce on a bed of fresh coleslaw. At Fish & Chips Seafood Shoppe.
Spicy Pork Bowl
A mix of adobo pulled pork, rice, black beans, spinach, charred salsa and fried onion strings. At The Blue Barn.
Cajun Peel-N-Eat Shrimp
A half-pound of shrimp seasoned in a blend of Caribbean spices and served cold with a side of cocktail sauce. At Café Caribe.
Reuben Pickle Dog
A dill pickle spear with sauerkraut and Thousand Island dressing wrapped in a slice of corned beef. At Pickle Dog.
Burnt Butt Ends
Premium cuts of pork, seasoned with a BBQ rub, then smoked over oak and served with onions and jalapeños. At RC’s BBQ.
Deep Fried Grilled Cheese Bites
White cheddar cheese blended with beer batter, cubed and deep-fried for a taste reminiscent of a grilled cheese sandwich. Served with a bloody Mary mix marinara. At O’Gara’s at the Fair.
Beer Brat Buddies
Oktoberfest beer brat in a German pretzel bun with sauerkraut, chopped onions and a choice of mustards — a serving for two! At Sausage Sister & Me.
Cheese-flavored SPAM® that has been cubed, battered and deep-fried, served with a side of ranch dressing. At SPAM®.
Bang Bang Fresh Chicken Tenders
Lightly breaded, fresh, never-frozen fried chicken tenderloins served with Bang Bang sweet and tangy chili sauce. At LuLu’s Public House.
New frozen treats:
La La Palooza Sundae. At Bridgman's Ice Cream.
CRACKER JACK® Caramel Sundae. At Goertze's Dairy Kone.
Call It Breakfast. At Dairy Goodness Bar, Midwest Dairy Association.
Chocolate Agate Crunch. At Hamline Church Dining Hall.
The Elvis. At R&R Ice Cream.
Minnesnowii Shave Ice - New Topping and New Exclusive Flavor. At Minnesnowii Shave Ice.
Banana Cinnamon & Cream Dipped in Dark Chocolate. At JonnyPops.
For the complete list with photos, visit the MN State Fair site.
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