- KAT ROBINSON
- HOT BATTERED FUN: Mozzarella Fingers
The last cheese guy at the Fair two years ago was selling hot deep fried cheese curds and fried ravioli; he had his fill here and never came back. So why should it do so well this time around?
Variation. Because as I found out, there are a whole lot of variations at this one wagon… and one of them could be the best new food found at this year’s Arkansas State Fair. Don’t worry, bacon’s involved.
See, I’m always out there looking for that next great Fair food. This is what I do. The Arkansas State Fair is the culmination of a summer of festivals and a fall of other fairs. Once it’s over, I know I can safely retreat to the interiors of restaurants and convention halls until emerging in the April sun for the first rays of festival season. This is the last great outdoor food of the year.
Of course, I’m leaving out the big duck gumbo cook-off and all that jazz down in Stuttgart - but that’s an abnormality.
Anyway, finding out what’s new and different at the Arkansas State Fair is always a fun challenge. And sometimes, not even the folks at the Fair know everything that’s going to be served up (I’ll have to tell you about Cheeseburger on a Stick soon). So finding a whole lot of unusual at one booth is just about priceless.
The art of cheese frying is a delicate one. You
So why don’t we do this at home? Because we’re not experts. Because we don’t want to explode cheese on our selves and our kitchen walls. Because… well, frankly, three bucks is fine for me to pay to get some hot cheese action in a tray or on a stick. I’m happy with that.
It’s what the Hot Wisconsin Cheese folks are doing with cream cheese that really gets me. They do have these little sweet cream cheese on a stick things that are awesome — soft cream cheese that’s been sweetened, batterred with a softer batter than the corn dog stuff, deep fried and served up with chocolate or caramel stuff. I am all about the caramel dip.
But I can’t — because that’s real bacon, a lot of it inside the cream cheese. It’s formed on the stick before battering — nearly a brick’s worth of cream cheese, mixed with bacon and then coated with more bacon before going into the batter. Paul says thecream cheese intensified the flavor. Grav just gave it a bacony thumb’s up.
Go to the Fair. Go down to the Food Court. Turn right at SuperDog and left at the funnel cake guy and it’s right there. And they don’t use any California cheese