We all love chowing down at the fair, corn dogs, cotton candy, turkey legs and anything deep fried. However, back at the barn or camper we all long for that yummy comfort food that our moms make. So we asked some of our favorite people to share their favorite quick and easy meals that we can make in a pinch while at the fair or make before hand and pack with us. Here are some of the fixin's they came up with (there are even some links to the original recipes/blogs).
Katie and her husband raise showpigs and she is a top notch livestock photographer. She is ALWAYS a busy bee at any livestock show. If she is not participating in the pre-ring prep work, she is in the ring shooting pictures or at the backdrop getting those champion shots. She said that one of her favorites is crock pot cream cheese chicken and chili. Her favorite way is on top of rice, but she said they also enjoy it just by itself or on top of tortilla chips. Not only did she share the recipe, she passed along the link to an awesome food blog! Below is the recipe and the link so you can see pictures.
2 chicken breasts, still frozen 1) Put the chicken in the crock pot. 1 can Rotel tomatoes 2) Top with the tomatoes, corn, 1 can corn kernels, do not drain the drained and rinsed beans, 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed ranch dressing, cumin, onion and chili powders, 1 pkg. Ranch dressing mix stir to combine then top with the cream cheese. 1 T cumin 3) Cook on low for 6-8 hours, stirring one or twice 1 t chili powder to blend in the cheese. 1 t onion powder 4) Shred the chicken into large pieces 1 8-oz pkg. cream cheese and serve over rice.
Melinda is Stephanie White's mom and she always goes way out for the fair. The camper is always full of food and you can always expect a delicious meal. One of her go to recipes is incredibly simple and makes a great side dish for any BBQ prepared on site. We are very lucky to know we have her to cook for us at the fair!
Crock Pot Cheesy Potatoes
1 PKG of frozen hash browns (Melinda likes to use the shredded)
1 cup sour cream
1 stick melted butter
2 cans cream of chicken soup
2 teaspoons pepper
2 teaspoons salt
2 cups sharp cheddar cheese
Turn on low for four hours. Stir at 2 hours. Sometimes mushrooms, onions and cubed ham is added.
Jade is a fair regular. You can tell there is no place she would rather be than a livestock show. She can be found with her family getting lambs ready to head into the ring or inside the ring judging stock. Jade is the livestock judging couch at Eastern Oklahoma State College and is very passionate about Stock Show Christians. Jade said she really enjoys buffalo chicken dip while at the fair, so we found a recipe from kalynbrooke.com. Below is her recipe along with the link to her blog so you can see step-by-step pictures!
1/2 cup Buffalo wing sauce
2 cups Chicken, cooked dairy
1 cup Cheddar cheese, grated
8 oz Cream cheese
1 cup Monterey jack cheese, grated
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease 9" pie dish.
In a large bowl, add chicken, cream cheese, wing sauce and 1/2 cup of each of the cheeses. Combine.
Turn mixture out into prepared pie dish, smoothing top lightly with a spatula. Top with remaining cheese.
Bake 30-35 minutes, or until lightly browned and bubbly. Serve immediately with tortilla chips or crackers.
Just like we are supposed to do, we saved the desert for last (even though we all know that sweets are eaten nonstop at any show). Darles is Andrews mom and she has a staple that the entire family enjoys at the show. She said the her peanut butter bars were actually made by her mother-in-law, Andrew's Grandma White. Grandma White also made these for the livestock shows and Darles says she remembers enjoying them at the fair. HOW COOL IS THAT?!?
Peanut Butter Bars
1 cup brown sugar 1 1/2 sifted four
1/2 cup shortening 1 tsp soda
1/2 cup peanut butter 1/4 tsp salt
1 egg 1/2 c quick cooking oatmeal
1 tsp. vanilla
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons peanut butter
1 1/2 sifted confectioners sugar
2 1/2 tbsp milk
Cream together first 5 ingredients. Sift together flour, soda and salt. Add to creamed mixture well. Stir in oatmeal. Pat firmly into greased 15X10X1 inch pan. Bake 12-15 min. Do not over bake. Frost while warm.
We hope you enjoy these recipes and can use them at your own fair. You have a family favorite? Feel free to share it with us.