Summer Fridays: Our Favorite Carnival & Fair Foods

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Summer Fridays: Our Favorite Carnival & Fair Foods

These foods bring back memories and traditions of visiting state fairs during the summer.

Corn Dogs

The corn dog is an iconic American snack found at carnivals, food fairs, boardwalks, and most other institutions where they put food on a stick.

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Recipe from On a Stick! by Matt Armendariz/Quirk Books, 2011.

Onion Rings

We couldn’t get enough of these crunchy onion rings in the EatingWell Test Kitchen. Try any seasoning blend that you have on hand to add flavor to the breading or substitute 1 teaspoon salt instead. Seasoned whole-wheat breadcrumbs are available in some supermarkets and natural-foods stores. If you can find them, try them in place of the plain breadcrumbs and seasoning blend.

Get the Recipe: Onion Rings

Grilled Corn with Chili-Lime Butter

Make a large batch of this zesty, spicy butter, freeze it in small portions and use while corn is in season.

Get the Recipe: Grilled Corn with Chili-Lime Butter

Carolina Pulled Pork

Traditional Carolina barbecue begins with a whole hog smoked over coals; here, Sean Brock cooks pork shoulder for 12 hours in a 275° oven before smoking it for about 1 hour in a backyard grill.

Get the Recipe: Carolina Pulled Pork

Habanero Bacon Cheddar Stuffed Sliders

Check out this slider recipe! These burgers are stuffed with habanero cheese and bacon. It's easy, tasty and spicy!

Get the Recipe: Habanero Bacon Cheddar Stuffed Sliders

Fried Pickles with Ranch Dressing

What's better than pickles? Pickles dipped in batter and deep fried!

Get the Recipe: Fried Pickles with Ranch Dressing

Recipe from On a Stick! by Matt Armendariz/Quirk Books, 2011.

Cheesy Popcorn

Freshly grated Parmesan cheese and a sprinkle of cayenne pepper dress up air-popped popcorn.

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Summer brings, among other things, the opportunity to attend state fairs and carnivals. There is no questioning the fact that fair foods take the spotlight at these events, despite the other activities offered.

Fried fair foods, such as corn dogs and burgers, are some of our favorites. But there are plenty more, and we love finding ways to spice up traditional fair foods. Get ready to eat up!

Check out the slideshow above to find out some of the tastiest fair and carnival foods that have our mouths watering, and get recipes so you can make them at home.

Then head over to StyleList to see what you should wear to the fair in Summer Fridays: A Day at the Fair!

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