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Food of the Week: Fair Food

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The fair in Charleston just ended and everyone is devastated by the loss of a fun weekend activity and many unique snacks. Half of the fair’s attendees go for the sole opportunity to try fried butter or an oversized turkey leg, and the other half go to ride the Crazy Mouse or Ferris Wheel. The fair is an all day activity that is full of fun and food. If you love fair food as much as I do, make these great recipes so you don’t have to drive all the way to Ladson to get your favorite fried snacks.

Fried Oreos:

Ingredients:

  • 2 quarts vegetable oil for frying
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 1 cup pancake mix
  • 1 package of Oreos

Directions:

  1. Heat oil in deep fryer to 375 degrees F
  2. Combine egg, milk, oil, and pancake mix and mix until smooth and there are no lumps
  3. Dip cookies into mix one by one and drop into the fryer
  4. Let oreos fry for about 2 minutes until they are golden brown

Fried Butter:

Ingredients:

  • 2 sticks of butter
  • 2 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • oil for frying

Directions:

  1. Cream the butter and cream cheese until smooth, add salt and pepper to taste
  2. With this mixture, make one inch balls and arrange on parchment lined cookie sheet
  3. Freeze until hard
  4. Roll each ball in the flour, egg, and breadcrumbs and freeze again until solid
  5. Heat oil to 350 degrees F
  6. Fry balls for approximately 15 seconds or until golden

If you are tired of all of this unhealthy, fried food, here is a protein filled, savory snack that you will love!

Turkey Leg

Ingredients:

  • 2 liters lemon-lime soda
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons hot sauce
  • 2 tablespoons red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon House Seasoning consisting of 1 cup salt, 1/4 cup pepper, and 1/4 cup garlic powder
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 4 large turkey legs

Directions:

  1. Preheat grill
  2. Combine all ingredients except the honey and House Seasoning in a large stock pot and boil
  3. Add turkey legs and let boil for 30 minutes.
  4. Put legs on the grill and brush with honey and sprinkle with House Seasoning
  5. Grill for an additional 15 minutes, until crispy and golden brown.

The combination of high-fat fried foods and this heavy, protein-packed turkey leg will make for a great, stuffed day at the fair. When the next fair comes around, you can have your pick of these treats– but until then, you know how to make them all by yourself!

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