Yesterday, fair organizers named deep-fried butter as one of eight finalists for food competitions at the fair's annual Big Texas Awards. We're still trying to decide if fat fried in fat is a kind of easy fallback, or exponentially more creative than the kind of typical artery-clogging fair fare we spotted recently at the San Mateo County Fair: deep-fried veggies, deep-fried Twinkies, deep-fried Oreos, and huge hunky hot dogs. What we do know is this: As for the rest of the Big Texas finalists, others up for consideration seemed to take a more complicated route from an ingredient standpoint. That includes stuffed cherry peppers, deep-fried peaches and cream (is that a porn title just waiting to happen?), and country-fried pork chips, meant to be dipped in gravy.
The "winners" from this group will be announced on Monday.