• Classic State Fair Dishes To Make at Home


You don’t have to battle the throngs of fairgoers to indulge in french fries and turkey legs.

It’s no secret that I’m obsessed with the State Fair. I mean, 12 days of munching on the ultimate comfort foods—foot longs, turkey legs, french fries, pie—what’s not to love? Here are 10 crowd-pleasing, State Fair-inspired recipes to make at home any time of the year.




The World’s Best French Fries

The formula for perfect, crispy french fries with a soft, fluffy interior is easy—fry them once at a low temperature, and a second time at a higher temp until golden brown. Get the recipe >>>


Pulled Pork

Pulled Pork with Homemade BBQ Sauce

It’s summer, so get outside and light up that grill. Relax and be patient, the best-barbecued pork takes time. Get the recipe >>>




Smoked Turkey Legs

Smoked turkey legs shouldn’t just be reserved for walking around the Renaissance festival or Disneyland. As long as you have a little patience, they’re easy to make, delicious and pretty economical next to that brisket you were looking at. The Dr. Pepper brine is magic. Get the Recipe >>>



Canteen Dogs

The Ultimate Hot Dog

Sure, this hot dog may take a little longer to put together than your average tube steak with yellow mustard, but I guarantee it’s worth the extra effort. Get the recipe >>>


Buttermilk Fried Chicken

Classic Buttermilk Fried Chicken

Soaking the chicken in buttermilk overnight ensures the meat will stay tender, flavorful and moist. I love to serve this classic fried chicken recipe with crispy twice-fried shallots and homemade bread and butter pickles. Get the recipe >>>


Andrew Zimmern's Canteen Belly Bacon Sandwich with Jalapeno Jelly & Vinegar Slaw

Crispy Bacon Sandwich with Jalapeno Jelly & Vinegar Slaw

Everyone loves bacon, so I’ve devised a way to make it the star of the meal. I mean, what could be better than a thick slice of crispy belly bacon in a buttered bun? Get the recipe >>>


Fish and Chips

Fish & Chips

This simple comfort food classic always hits the spot. Serve with my homemade tartar sauce, plenty of lemon wedges and malt vinegar. Get the recipe >>>


Cucumber-Mint Lemonade

Cucumber Mint Lemonade

Everyone will love this refreshing cucumber-and-mint-infused lemonade at your next backyard party. Get the recipe >>>


SweeTango Apple Hand Pie

Fried Apple Hand Pies

These hand pies are addictive… a flaky pastry crust coated in cinnamon and sugar with a luscious apple filling, what’s not to love? Plus, it’s a hand pie, so you won’t have to share. Get the recipe >>>



Andrew Zimmern Recipe Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookies

I’ve spent a long time perfecting this chocolate chip recipe. To me, they’re perfect. Crispy on the outside, chewy on the inside and light as a feather. Get the recipe >>>

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