posted byBecca Millson August 12, 2020 (last updated Aug 25, 2022)
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There are a few well-known facts about Minnesota:
The winters are absolutely horrendous.
There are a lot of lakes. Like, over 10,000.
Minnesotans spread a lot of time outside. Especially in the summer. See points 1 and 2 for reference.
Minnesotans are borderline obsessed with the Minnesota State Fair.
There’s no need to sugarcoat it. There is no borderline. We’re straight-up obsessed with the fair.
Millions of us come together for 2 weeks straight to eat everything on a stick, sample beers, see farm animals, and pack like sardines in the streets of St. Paul, on land that’s literally dedicated to the MN state fairgrounds.
You can imagine the devastation of not being able to gather this year. So much so that they’re actually organizing a state fair drive-through. If you’re not one of the lucky ones to snag a ticket in time, never fear! I’ve got you covered.
I’ve also got you covered if you don’t give two cents about how us Minnesotans do the fair, but you love good ol’ fair food.
You’ll find some classic favorites from MN (ahem, cookies!) and some fair-food twists in this collection, as well as vegetarian remakes of some favorite fair food classics. Enjoy!
Homemade Fair-Inspired Recipes
Mini Carrot Corn Dogs
5 (2 ratings)
A vegetarian take on a fair favorite: mini corn dogs! Crispy, smoky, and fried to perfection!Ingredients: marinated baby carrots, cornmeal, flour, milk, egg, oil for frying
Sweet and tart apple bits in a light, cinnamon batter, fried to a crisp exterior and coated in cinnamon sugar; they're better than mini donuts at the fair!Ingredients: apples, cinnamon, sugar, flour, egg, milk, oil for frying
Crunchy, salty, dill pickles dipped in a light, crisp beer batter coating and fried to perfection. Serve them with a buttermilk parsley dressing for a tasty snack!Ingredients: beer, flour and rice flour, spices, dill pickle slices, oil for frying, buttermilk dressing
Creamy sweet corn ice cream swirled with caramel and topped with bits of chocolate covered sugar cone for a crunch!Ingredients: fresh corn, heavy cream, vanilla, sugar, salted caramel, sugar cones, chocolate
The ULTIMATE chocolate chip cookies- full of rich, intense flavor. Buttery, salty, and not-too-sweet, these grown-up cookies will satisfying that cooking craving.Ingredients: flour, baking soda, shortening, sugarn, brown sugar, eggs, vanilla and butter extract, bittersweet chocolate chips
There's nothing better than summer sweet corn, and putting making fresh salsa with grilled corn on the cob is exceptional! This recipe comes together in under 10 minutes and is bursting with flavor from in-season produce. Ingredients: sweet corn, red onion, garlic, jalapeno, tomato, cilantro lime
Bourbon BBQ Chicken Wings
5 (6 ratings)
Up your wing game with these Bourbon BBQ Wings! They're baked to crispy perfection then tossed in a spicy, sweet, sticky Bourbon BBQ Sauce. They're finger-licking good!Ingredients: chicken wings, bourbon BBQ sauce
Preheat grill to medium-high heat. Place the shucked ears of corn on the cob on the grill and cook, turning every minute or so, until charred grill marks appear and kernels are tender. Remove and let cool slightly before cutting off kernels and placing them in a bowl.
To the corn kernels, add the remaining ingredients and stir to combine. Taste test and adjust salt or other ingredients as desired. Serve with tortilla chips and enjoy!