Fabulous Fair Foods

It’s not fall without a fair, but most importantly, fair food. But if you missed the fair this year, we’ve got you covered with recipes that are fried and true (sans the long lines).

  • Fried Strawberry Pies
    Blair Rumley

    Fried Strawberry Pies

    The fair only comes once every fall, so spurge a little on these Fried Strawberry Pies. Freeze the pies before to prevent the crusts from disintegrating in the hot oil. Don’t forget to hide one for yourself before they all get away.
  • Beer-Batter Fried Pickles
    Blair Rumley, Photo: Ralph Anderson; Styling: Leigh Anne Montgomery

    Beer-Battered Fried Pickles

    There’s nothing better than a crunchy pickle battered and fried. These deep-fried dills are equal parts savory and sour, for a taste we promise you’ll love.
  • Corn Dogs
    Blair Rumley, Photo: Annabelle Breakey; Styling: Basil Friedman

    Corn Dogs

    Foods on sticks are certainly fair favorites. These are daintier, fluffier versions of the midway mainstays, but they still go great with the ubiquitous mustard and ketchup combo.
  • Beer-Battered Onion Rings
    Blair Rumley

    Beer-Battered Fried Onion Rings

    On a burger or on the side, onion rings are a fried favorite. Bring the fair to your family with these beer-battered beauties.
  • Grilled Corn on the Cob
    Blair Rumley, Photo: Marcus Nilsson; Styling: Angharad Bailey

    Grilled Corn on the Cob

    Grilled in its husk, the corn takes on a wonderful, lightly charred flavor while its sugars caramelize and intensify. Add lemon pepper and butter for the full fair flavor.
  • Candied Apples
    Blair Rumley

    Candied Apples

    Candied apples are half healthy, right? Nevertheless, make a batch of these and gift the flavors of the fair family and friends.
  • Southern-Style Caramel Apples
    Blair Rumley, Photo: Beth Dreiling Hontzas; Styling: Buffy Hargett

    Caramel Apples

    Sweet caramel covering tart apples are a fun fair food to make at home. Get your kids to help by letting them roll warm caramel apples in creative toppings.
  • Boiled Peanuts
    Blair Rumley, Jennifer Davick

    Boiled Peanuts

    A brown bag of boiled peanuts are a tempting midway treat. You can find dried peanuts in the produce section of your local supermarket or at a farmers market. Store cooked peanuts in the refrigerator up to three days.
  • Marinated Grilled Chicken Legs
    Blair Rumley, Becky Luigart-Stayner

    Grilled Chicken Legs

    Chicken legs (and turkey legs) are the most beloved meat on the midway. Make your own Marinated Grilled Chicken Legs laced with flavors of citrus juice and soy sauce. The smoke from the grill will give it that fall flavor you redolent of the fair.
  • The Southern Living Pulled Pork Sandwich
    Blair Rumley, Photo: Jennifer Davick; Food Styling: Marian Cooper Cairns; Prop Styling: Caroline M. Cunningham

    Pulled Pork Sandwich

    This piled-high Pulled Pork Sandwich is a staple at Southern fairs, whether Carolina-style or Memphis-style, you can’t go wrong.

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