Health nuts need not apply!
The eight finalists for the 9th annual Big Tex Choice Awards were announced Tuesday morning, and this year's nominees run the gamut from deep fried Nutella to fried Thanksgiving dinner.
A panel of three judges will pick winners in two categories on Monday at 9 a.m.
The big winners in 2012 were Deep Fried Jambalaya and Fried Bacon Cinnamon Roll.
Here are this year's finalists, as described in a State Fair news release:
Awesome Deep Fried Nutella
Cream cheese and Nutella are whipped and spread over flaky Phyllo dough sheets, rolled up, and deep fried. Served with a drizzle of honey and shaved almonds.
Deep Fried Cuban Roll
A filling of slow cooked pork shoulder, chopped ham, Swiss cheese, pickles, and secret sauce is spread onto a slice of Swiss cheese, rolled up in pastry dough, and deep fried. Roll is served with a side of majo sauce for dipping.
Fernie s Deep Fried King Ranch Casserole
This stick-to-your-ribs, Texas-shaped creation is melted cheese, salty, spicy, goodness that is dipped in a zesty southwestern egg wash and coated in panko bread crumbs. Deep fried golden brown and crunchy on the outside; steamy and creamy on the inside! Served with a side of red, white, and blue tortilla chips and your choice of our homemade salsafied sour cream or cheesy queso. Each one proudly flying the flag of the Lone Star State and deep fried in the Heart of Texas!
Fried Thanksgiving Dinner
Mama s homemade stuffing and diced roasted turkey are rolled in a ball. Next it s dipped in southern cream corn and rolled in seasoned corn meal - all fried to a crispy golden brown. Served with old fashion giblet brown gravy. The zesty orange cranberry sauce fills your dipping needs and results in a complete thanksgiving dinner, fried!
Golden Fried Millionaire Pie
Sweetened, fluffy cream cheese filling is loaded with golden pineapple and Texas pecans then wrapped in a flaky pie crust and fried to a golden brown. Topped with whipped cream, toasted coconut, and candied pecans.
Spinach Dip Bites
Creamy and delicious spinach artichoke dip bites are coated with crispy tortilla chips and flash-fried until golden brown. Bites are served with salsa for an additional kick.
Southern Style Chicken-Fried Meatloaf
Homemade meatloaf slices are coated in an authentic Texas chicken-fried breading and deep fried golden brown. Served with garlic mashed potatoes, Texas cream gravy, and a ketchup/brown sugar glaze for dipping.
Texas Fried Fireball
Pimento cheese, pickles, cayenne pepper, and bacon are rolled into a ball, dipped in buttermilk, covered with a jalapeno-infused batter and deep fried. Served with chipotle ranch for dipping.