State Fair Blue Ribbon Recipes


Prize-winning Fare at the Fair!

Hey, folks! This will be the finest corn dog you ever tasted outside of your home-town state fair!


1 cup yellow cornmeal

1 cup all-purpose flour

¼ teaspoon salt

Pinch of black pepper

¼ cup white sugar

4 teaspoons baking powder

1 egg

1 cup milk

1 quart vegetable oil for frying

2 (16 oz.) packages of beef frankfurters

16 wooden skewers


In a medium bowl, combine cornmeal, flour, salt, pepper, sugar and baking powder.

Stir in eggs and milk.

Preheat oil in a deep saucepan over medium heat.

Insert wooden skewers into frankfurters. Roll frankfurters in batter until well coated.

Fry 2 or 3 corn dogs at a time until lightly browned (about 3 minutes). Drain on paper towels.

TIP: Roll corn dogs in corn starch first to prevent batter from sliding off.


Yummm. This dreamy, creamy, prize-winning pie was one of the winners at the 2010 Iowa State Farm Pie Contest.


1 refrigerated pie crust (softened as directed on the box)

5 ounces of white chocolate baking squares

3 tablespoons milk

5 ounces of cream cheese, softened

½ cup powdered sugar

½ to 1 teaspoon grated orange peel

1 cup whipping cream, whipped

3 cups fresh raspberries


Heat oven to 450 degrees.

Make pie crust as directed on box using a 9 inch glass pie plate. Cool completely.

In microwavable bowl, microwave 4 squares of the white chocolate and the milk

   uncovered on medium (about 2 minutes or until almost melted). Stir until melted.

   Cool to room temperature.

In small bowl, beat cream cheese, powdered sugar and orange peel with electric mixer

   on low speed until smooth. Beat in white chocolate mixture. Fold whipped cream into

   white chocolate mixture. Spread in bottom of cooled baked pie shell.

   Arrange raspberries on filling.

Melt remaining square of white chocolate; drizzle over pie.

Refrigerate about 2 hours or until set.


Lynda Elizabeth Jeffrey comes from a family that includes three generations of non-cooking women. Her favorite thing to make for dinner is reservations. However, these prize-winning State Fair recipes might be just the thing to turn a self-confirmed non-cook into a kitchen goddess! Here is one other recipe that Lynda enthusiastically endorses:



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