The Great Minnesota Get-Together (aka the Minnesota State Fair) is just around the corner. It begins on Thursday, Aug. 23 and runs through Labor Day, Sept. 3.
Each year the fair announces new foods that will be introduced, and this year is no exception. Spicy, smoked, sliding or slammin’ – the options are endless. I can’t imagine that anyone could walk away from the fair with a growling stomach – unless it’s from over imbibing!
Much more information on the fair, including the location of food booths and new vendors, can be found at www.mnstatefair.org. I hope all enjoy the last month of our Minnesota summer. Soon the leaves will begin to turn and we will welcome a new season.
Ahi Tuna Poke Bowl
Ahi tuna, avocado, mango and pico de gallo tossed in a Hawaiian ginger-soy sauce served cold over rice with a fried wonton.
Bananas Foster French Toast
Cinnamon swirl French toast topped with slices of fresh bananas in an orange-rumflavored caramel sauce and finished with a dollop of whipped cream.
Scoops of BBQ pulled pork, mac and cheese and coleslaw served side-by-side with a pickle spear. (Available Aug. 29-Sept. 3 only.)
Blueberry Rhubarb Cobbler
A blend of organic blueberries and rhubarb topped with a cornmeal biscuit and whipped cream.
Fresh cauliflower pieces dipped in a seasoned batter, deep-fried and smothered in organic sesame BBQ sauce. Vegan and gluten-free.
Firecracker Shrimp Stuffed Avocado
Gulf white shrimp tossed with lime, onion, black beans, tomato and fire-roasted corn in a garlic aioli, drizzled with cilantro-infused olive oil, stuffed in avocado halves and served open-face with flatbread.
General Tso Chicken Taco
Battered and deep-fried chicken tossed in a sauce of ginger, garlic, soy sauce and Asian spices, with seasoned cream cheese and topped with wonton crisps and green onion, served on a flour tortilla. (Available Aug. 23-28 only.)
Mangonada Shave Ice
Mango-flavored shave ice drizzled with Mexican chamoy sauce, dusted with tajin chili powder, topped with popping mango boba pearls and served with a tamarind candy straw.
A blend of seasoned ground beef and Italian pork sausage smothered in marinara, sprinkled with parmesan cheese and served on crusty Italian bread.
Irish Tater Kegs
Jumbo deep-fried tater tots made with a blend of corned beef, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, sour cream and potatoes drizzled with house-made Thousand Island dressing and nestled on a bed of sauerkraut.
Moroccan Sausage Bowl
Coarse ground beef and lamb sausage seasoned with herbs, sweet spices and a hint of red pepper, cooked with carrots, turnips and chick peas, and topped with sautéed onions and a green olive.
Fresh-made waffle wraps in seven varieties: All-Day Breakfast (egg, bacon and cheddar); Berries & Cream (raspberry and strawberry mixture with vanilla cream); Cinna-Sugar Butter (cinnamon, sugar and butter); Slammin’ Salmon On-A-Stick (Norwegian smoked salmon with cream cheese and green onions); S’More (marshmallow crème, crumbled graham crackers and Nutella); Turkey Chipotle Club (turkey, bacon and mixed greens with Sriracha mayo sauce); and Vegetarian Viking (black bean veggie burger, cheddar cheese, mixed greens & chipotle sauce).
Pepperoni Chips with Roasted Red Pepper Queso
T hinly sliced fried pepperoni chips served with a warm roasted red pepper cheese sauce.
Rainbow Cloud Roll
T hree scoops of ice cream sprinkled with fruity cereal and wrapped in a pillow of cotton candy. Hand-rolled on-site. Ice cream choices include Superman, vanilla, strawberry and chocolate.
Flights of three slider sandwiches, each with a variety of toppings, available in three varieties: Brisket Flight (one slider topped with coleslaw, one with pickles and onions, and one with crispy fried onions); Burger Flight (one slider topped with thick-cut candied bacon and cheddar cheese, one with smoked gouda, and one with BBQ sauce, pepper jack cheese and crispy fried onions); Pulled Pork Flight (one slider topped with coleslaw, one with pickles and onions, and one with crispy fried onions).
Smoked Soft Serve Ice Cream
Cold-smoked cream available in two flavors, all made on-site: Cold Brew Coffee infused with cold-smoked Arabica beans and topped with chocolate espresso dust, a toasted marshmallow and a chocolate cookie on the side; Muscovado Sugar Vanilla combines vanilla bean and cold-smoked molasses-rich cane sugar served with a toasted marshmallow and bacon candy round on the side. Optional sauces available: bourbon-soaked cherries or hot chocolate.
Swedish Meatball Smörgås
M eatball sandwich with three traditional Swedish pork and beef meatballs topped with white gravy, lingonberry sauce and dill pickles.
Sweet Greek Cheese Puffs
Flaky phyllo dough filled with feta and
ricotta cheese, deep-fried, drizzled with honey and topped with powdered sugar.
Choice of black forest cake, birthday cake or chocolate peanut butter cake, baked in a cup packed with Sassy Pecan toffee bits and served warm, topped with real whipping cream and more toffee bits.
Triple Chocolate Strawberry Shortcake
D ense chocolate cake with chocolate chips and fudge icing smothered with strawberries and whipped cream.
Turducken Sausage Sandwich
A blend of turkey, duck and chicken served on a fennel bun and accompanied by a side of Giggles’ sweet and saucy relish. Gluten-friendly bun available upon request; sausage is gluten-free, no nitrates added.
UpNorth Puff Pasty
Porketta sausage, cheese curds, coarse grain mustard and chopped dill pickle baked in a puffy crust sprinkled with pepper and sea salt.
Corn on-the-cob grilled over an oak wood fire, brushed with chile-spiced mayo and sprinkled with queso Cotija and fresh lime juice.
W affles blended with pepperoni and mozzarella, topped with a parmesan herb blend and served with pepperoni-infused maple syrup or marinara sauce.
Zesty PB&J Sausage
Peanut butter, cherry jelly and a hint of cayenne pepper and cilantro blended into a quarter-pound sausage.
Photos courtesy of the Minnesota State Fair. Pictured are the Rainbow Cloud Roll and the Mangonada Shave Ice.