favorite fair foods, made easy

fair recipes made easy


Growing up in rural Connecticut, all I thought about was “fair season.” I waited ’til September for it, I saved up my allowance to spend at it, I ate myself silly while I was there–it was above and beyond one of my favorite parts of my childhood.


Making it to fairs has been increasingly hard since I moved to NYC, and as much as I love the city food scene or Smorgasburg, nothing compares to the eats at fairs like The Big E. I won’t be making it to any of my favorites this year (sad) so I jumped at the chance to at least re-create some of my favorite fair foods at home. I’m a pretty traditional gal–I stay far (far far far) away from all the random, trendy fair food…especially anything that entails frying a candy bar, Twinkie or my least favorite, Oreos (I shudder to think about those fair stand workers turning my favorite cookie into fried mush). Instead, I go old-school. My top three faves:



baked potato


Loaded Baked Potato


This is one of the first stands I head to when I hit the fair grounds. There’s something about the sinful combo of butter, cheese and sour cream that really just makes me drool (sorry, but it’s true).


baked potato toppings

loaded baked potato


Stab some fork holes in your potato and pop it in the microwave for five to seven minutes, depending on the size (you’ll know it’s cooked when you can cut it in half and the middle is soft). Add some unsalted butter, then shredded cheese, a dollop of sour cream on each side and top with fresh chives. Finish with salt and pepper, then dig in!



fried dough


Fried Dough


I go with sauce and cheese, which I’ve learned a lot of people find strange (you guys have been missing out all your life!). The great thing? One batch can be made with sauce and cheese, and the next with cinnamon and powdered sugar. Best of both worlds!


pizza dough


Fill a deep sauce pan with vegetable oil and heat until it’s 375 degrees (use a candy thermometer, or just guess and see if your dough fries–it should take about 10/15 minutes to heat up on high). Create balls of dough about the size of your fist. Flour a flat surface and the dough, rolling out with a pizza roller until round and a few centimeters thick. Lower one piece gently into the hot oil, making sure you don’t splash yourself.

fair fried dough

Allow to fry on one side until brown and crispy, about 2 minutes. Flip over using tongs, and fry the other side, draining on a plate covered with paper towels when golden brown. Top with sauce and cheese or powdered sugar and cinnamon. Your call!



fall apples


Apple Hand Pies


Simply put, nothing screams fall more than any version of apple pie. These are fair-ready because they’re easy to hold…perfect if you want to double fist it (you classy lady, you).


apple hand pies


Start with pre-made pie crust, and cut it into circles (I used a knife to cut around the mouth of a soup bowl, and the size worked great!). On the stove, place a sauce pan, and fill it with 4 skinned and chopped apples, 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1/4 cup granulated sugar, 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice and 1 tablespoon cinnamon. Cook on medium-low heat for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the apples have gone soft and the mixture has thickened (it should smell amazing, so now is the perfect time to invite over that guy you’ve been wanting to impress).


fair apple hand pies


Let the apple mixture cool. Spray a pan with non-stick cooking spray and place the pie circles on it. Top half the circle with the apples, then fold it over itself, crimping the edges with a fork. Coat the top with a light butter wash, then sprinkle with a bit more cinnamon and sugar. Cook at 325 degrees for about 20 minutes, or until the pie crust has browned and begins to crack on the top.


fair inspired apple hand pies


Bonus points if you serve these with ice cream. Because let’s be honest, ice cream makes everything better.



Do you ever go to fairs in the fall? I want to know your favorite indulgent fair food!




  • http://www.annehoekman.blogspot.com/ Anne

    Hmm, somehow I don’t think I’ve ever been to a fair. But I would certainly be happy to go and eat all of these things! This fried dough in both incarnations looks quite intriguing…

    • http://glossymusings.com/ Alyssa

      WHAT! You have to find one someday soon!

  • http://tulleandtrinkets.com/ Sarah Heckle

    Our fairs are during the summer, so we enjoyed ours a couple months ago. My favorite fair food is roasted corn (generously dipped in butter, of course)…yummm!

    • http://glossymusings.com/ Alyssa

      OH yum…that sounds incredible (and yes, lots and lots of butter, please!).

  • Dina Karivalis

    These are all so cute and so delish looking! Love the idea of fair food. I also love going to smorgasburg or anywhere where the main event is eating a lot haha.

    xo Dina

    Sweetest Somethings

    • http://glossymusings.com/ Alyssa

      GOD, me too! Maybe that needs to be our blogger date.

  • http://pinksole.com/ Rachelle

    funnel cake, I’m such a sucker for them.

    • http://glossymusings.com/ Alyssa

      Never had one, but they LOOK delicious!

  • http://turquoiseandteale.blogspot.com/ Ashley T

    Those apple pies scream fall and look delicious!

    • http://glossymusings.com/ Alyssa

      Aw, thank you Ashley!

  • Alison

    Wow you are on a role! Fried dough, yum yum yum, sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar!

    • http://glossymusings.com/ Alyssa

      That’s the way my roommates like it–I’m a sauce and cheese gal!

  • fromproseccotoplaid

    You had me at loaded baked potato! One of my favorite things to eat!! xo, Julie

    • http://glossymusings.com/ Alyssa

      Mine too, mine too!

  • Sharon

    Mmm, I am drooling over everything, especially the fried dough! Fair food is the best :)

    The Tiny Heart

    • http://glossymusings.com/ Alyssa

      Isn’t it?! Thankfully it’s only one time a year though–I would definitely over-indulge otherwise.

  • http://www.bubblyinbrooklyn.com/ Brenna – Bubbly in Brooklyn

    Sweet lord, A, these are making my mouth water. I, too, am I lover of all things fried and fattening, so I plan to try my hand at some of these treats soon!

    • http://glossymusings.com/ Alyssa

      Haha god, I just love fried food. WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME!?

  • http://www.thesagaofatwentysomething.com/ Alex Hubbard

    I have a REAL soft spot for fried dough. You’re making my tummy grumble and I just ate lunch haha!

    • http://glossymusings.com/ Alyssa

      Me and you both, girlfriend. I could down a few if I let myself.

  • http://treasuretromp.com/ Nicole @ Treasure Tromp

    oh man, I love fair food! Want to stop by and make some for me ;) I had fried avocado last year and I can’t tell if I loved or hated it. Maybe a little of both.

    • http://glossymusings.com/ Alyssa

      Hmm…I’m not sure how I feel about that either. Sounds…mushy?

  • http://www.fizzandfrosting.com/ Lauren

    Loaded baked potato and apple pie? I’m going to weigh 200 lbs! ;) I’m so glad you stuck to the classics because I just can’t get down with fried candy bars. I took one bite last year at the fair and blech. Not my thang!

    • http://glossymusings.com/ Alyssa

      Me either–the classics are so much better than that crazy stuff!

  • http://www.suzyspeaks.com/ Suzy Speaks

    Oh gosh, those apple pies look so tasty. I love love love love funnel cake. It’s so bad and so good for me all at once.

    • http://glossymusings.com/ Alyssa

      Can you believe I’ve actually never had funnel cake?! I don’t know how that happened…

  • http://www.alwaysmaylee.com/ Always Maylee

    Um yummy! Now I totally want a loaded baked potato!

    xo, Yi-chia

    • http://glossymusings.com/ Alyssa

      Sending one your way ;)

  • http://www.leanerbythelake.com/ eileen | leaner by the lake

    our house is apple CRAZY right now. these little popovers look so delicious. just might carve out some time on saturday to whip some up!

    • http://glossymusings.com/ Alyssa

      They’re so simple–I think you’ll love them!

  • Elizabeth Nwansi

    Lovely pictures and recipes…but those loaded baked potatoes are giving my lifffeee…preggo women apparently love potatoes


    Indulgera Blog

    • http://glossymusings.com/ Alyssa

      Haha I had no idea–but I’m with ya!

  • http://sincerelymissashley.blogspot.ca/ Ashley

    Chives and sour cream on a baked potato is one of my favorite things to eat! Now I have a craving lol!

    Sincerely Miss Ash

    • http://glossymusings.com/ Alyssa

      So sinful, but so so delicious.

  • http://www.fleurdelyss.com/ Alyssa | Fleur de Lyss

    The closest I get to fair food is at the fest of San Gennaro and when I go apple picking. My favorite fair food is any form of fried dough: zeppoles, funnel cake, apple doughnuts. Flour and sugar are always such a winning combination.

    Also, I’ve never understood fried Oreos. People think I’m nuts because of it, but I’m just not sure about it.

    • http://glossymusings.com/ Alyssa

      Apple cider donuts are my idea of heaven–and I don’t even like donuts.

  • Kelly Ann

    I can not believe you made fried-dough, that was my go-to fair favorite! And you went to the big-E too? The five-story wavy slide with the yellow mats was my favorite!

    Sparkles and Shoes

    • http://glossymusings.com/ Alyssa

      OH MY GOSH, ME TOO! That was the one ride I HAD to go on every year (also, the swings).

  • Rita

    Fair Food. You’re killing me Larry lollll!!!!! I haven’t been to a fair since I don’t know when. And what I miss the most is fair food. I love how you recreated fair foods at home. It looks so simple and would be such a fun idea for a party! Thanks for sharing girl and thank you for your sweet comment on my video! Rita @ http://www.CoastWithMe.com

    • http://glossymusings.com/ Alyssa

      Haha you are the best, Rita–Thank you!

  • http://wonderfelleworld.com/ Elle

    OMG I haven’t been to a fair in maybe 15-20 years so I barely remember how delicious fair food can be but I want to eat all of these!!

    • http://glossymusings.com/ Alyssa

      It’s delicious–you should go back :)

  • http://www.runwaychef.com/ Alyssa Ponticello

    Ah the Big E! I miss that fair…I used to go every year! Fried dough was my go-to, but I have never had ti with sauce or cheese (or even seen it served that way) but it sounds like fried pizza which sounds amazing!

    • http://glossymusings.com/ Alyssa

      YAY! Another Big E fan! Tell me you had the clam chowder while you were there, too–amazing!

      • http://www.runwaychef.com/ Alyssa Ponticello

        I don’t remember much of the food (my mom was big on packing picnics)…I mostly remember the elephants ( I have no idea why) and some dollhouse exhibit of the white house!lol

  • Lacey Garcia

    Those apple hand pies look amazing. I need to attempt to make them, I feel. Thanks for sharing.

    • http://glossymusings.com/ Alyssa

      They’re so simple–especially if you use store bought dough!

  • http://www.northernstyleexposure.com/ Northern style exposure

    I feel inspired to cook something new! great post!


    • http://glossymusings.com/ Alyssa

      Aw, that’s so nice to hear. Thank you!

  • http://www.laviedelenore.blogspot.com/ Jacy Tilton

    This was such a cute food post! Great job!!

    • http://glossymusings.com/ Alyssa

      Thank you so much, Jacy!

  • Emily

    These photos are so great! My guilty fair favorite is the “fry brick” — probably the greasiest option possible but soo good.

    The fried cheese dough looks intriguing, but I don’t like the cleanup hassle that pan frying creates when you don’t have a dishwasher!

    • http://glossymusings.com/ Alyssa

      Ok, you totally have to fill me in on what a “fry brick” is!

      • Emily

        Its curly fries, but they fry them up right there in a rectangular shaped basket so they get all woven together into a brick!

  • Elizabeth // The Now

    First off…these photos are beautiful. Second, all this food looks/sounds delish. We love going to the fair but my husband HAS to get the crazy foods like fried oreos, fried bacon etc…..My stomach always hates me. These would be great alternatives

    • http://glossymusings.com/ Alyssa

      Thank you so much Elizabeth! I feel like it’s always the guys that have the craving for the crazy fair food haha. What gets into them?!

  • SimplyEvani

    Good grief, this could’ve been like 3 amazing blog posts, all of these recipes look fab! :)

    • http://glossymusings.com/ Alyssa

      Aw, thank you so much, Evani! xo

  • CharminglyStyled

    What a cute idea! Those apple hand pies look delish – and of course would be even better with Ice cream….hello, yummy! xx

    • http://glossymusings.com/ Alyssa

      Ah yes–doesn’t that sounds like a food dream come true?!

  • http://prettyanddelectable.wordpress.com/ Stephanie

    All of this looks SO good. I am now craving a baked potato! I like to eat greasy french fries, kettle corn, and cotton candy at fairs. YUM!

    • http://glossymusings.com/ Alyssa

      MMMmmmm kettle corn is another favorite of mine!

  • http://www.foodwinefashion.com/ Jackie l Food.Wine.Fashion

    Great idea! Fair time for me was at the end of August growing up and I know exactly what you’re talking about. I am 100% a caramel apple lover. But if I had to pick a second, I would go with the fried dough, or funnel cake. Looks like you did an awesome job with all of these!

    Have a great weekend lady!
    xo Jackie

    • http://glossymusings.com/ Alyssa

      Thank you so much, Jackie! I am in love with caramel apples too, but only if I can dip them–bitting is too sticky for me!

  • Jessica Marquez

    YUM! These all sound delish!

    • http://glossymusings.com/ Alyssa

      Thanks so much!

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    • http://glossymusings.com/ Alyssa

      Thank you!

  • http://www.thecomfortofcooking.com Georgia The Comfort of Cooking

    Absolutely love this post, Alyssa! You got so creative with all my favorite fair foods made at home!

    • http://glossymusings.com/ Alyssa

      Thank you so much, Georgia! Nothing like baking out a craving :)

  • Laura Tinker

    What gorgeous pictures and a lovely post to first stumble upon. I need those apple pastries in my life!

    • http://glossymusings.com/ Alyssa

      What a sweet comment–thank you so much, Laura!

  • http://glossymusings.com/ Alyssa

    Thank you so much!

  • http://glossymusings.com/ Alyssa

    Haha then my job is done!

  • http://glossymusings.com/ Alyssa

    I’m jealous–I haven’t gotten a chance to go at all yet! Sad!