Fried Beer, Fried Margaritas, and Fried Salads in Texas

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All the fast food has rotted our brains. Ladies and gentlemen that is what we now consider food! And it’s a contestant for the 2010 Big Tex Choice Award at this year’s State Fair of Texas. They say it’s a fried salad – sort of.

How it can be considered a salad I don’t know. Its official name is Fernie’s Fried Club Salad. They make it by deep-frying a spinach wrap filled with lettuce, ham, chicken, carrots, tomatoes, bacon, cheese, and top it with dressing. Ugh, even without the frying Fernie’s is hardly a salad. But compared to the rest of the entrants, this “salad” is a superstar.

Other diabolical munchies included fried beer, which is a beer-filled pretzel pocket that oozes booze when you bite into it. Don’t like that? Give the fried frozen margarita a try. It’s a funnel cake sprinkled with a lemon-lime mixture.

But to the state fair’s credit, foods don’t have to be fried to enter the contest, just new and unusual creations, like a hand-rolled pizza.

I guess its all in good fun and hopefully people aren’t a steady diet of these things, but it does showcase the worst of American cuisine, which is kind of embarrassing; like people who put barbecue sauce on spaghetti. It’s heresy I tell you!

Actually, I once saw deep-fried sushi. Some genius had the bright idea to fry California rolls in tempura batter. No, I didn’t try any.

But I’m not sure what’s worse. These fried monstrosities or a foot-long cheeseburger and a grilled cheese sandwich stuffed with mozzarella sticks. Sigh.

Image credit: The Dallas Morning News

Gerald "Gerry" Pugliese

Gerry is your typical yoga practicing, no pizza or meat eating Italian guy from New Jersey. Seriously, his family still isn't speaking to him. Professionally, Gerrys been Dr. Joel Fuhrman, MD's blogger since 2005.