State Fair Recipes

Welcome to the State Fair of Texas Creative Arts recipe blog.

The State Fair loves to showcase Creative Arts competitors and their creations in our Cookbook and on the new recipe blog. Enter in this year’s Creative Arts competitions for your chance to be in the spotlight.

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Thanksgiving Recipes from our 2017 Creative Arts Competition!

Thanksgiving is upon us and just like you, we are thankful for so much this year, including our 2017 State Fair of Texas. Among our favorite things at the Fair are our Creative Arts competitions. During this holiday season, we can’t help but reminisce on some of the delicious foods that were entered into the 2017 Competition Kitchen presented by …

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Carrot Cake

Created by , Paige D. Hoyt – Lewisville, TX 2nd Place–Cake Baking Carrot cakes are a spring time classic! Enjoy this delicious recipe and be ready to {hop} on in to your spring festivities with the best dessert. Don’t forget to share a photo of your masterpiece by using #StateFairofTx Cake Ingredients 1 3/4 c. all-purpose flour 2 tsp. baking powder 2 tsp. …

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State Fair Recipe: Tomato Risotto Diablo

Donna Thomas-Dallas, TX Best of Show–1st Place–Party Foods Do you dare make this delicious recipe?! Try the 2015 Best of Show and State Fair favorite, Devil’s Risotto Balls! Tomato Risotto Diablo Ingredients 1 T. butter 1 T. olive oil 2/3 c. Arborio rice 1/2 c. finely chopped onion 3 cloves garlic, finely minced 2 c. low-sodium vegetable broth 1 (6-oz.) …

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Black Eye Pea Recipes for New Year Luck

Howdy Everyone! From our State Fair of Texas family to yours, we hope y’all had a wonderful holiday! With the New Year right around the corner, our Errol McCoy Greenhouse on the Midway Manager, Drew Demler, has put together a few tips on growing black-eyed peas as well as two of his favorite recipes. Enjoy! Not only are black-eyed peas …

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Honey Whole Wheat Bread

Created by, Kate S. Rovner- Plano, TX 1st Place- Bread Baking This whole wheat bread is perfect and easy to make bread to have with any meal! Ingredients 2 (1/4-oz.) envelope active dry yeast 1/2 c. warm water (100° to 110°) 2 tsp. sugar 3 c. whole wheat flour 1 1/2 c. milk 1/2 c. honey 2 tsp. salt 1/4 …

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Cheesy Bacon Ranch Dip

Created by, Regina Farris- Mesquite, TX 2nd Place– Speedy Dishes The name says it all… Cheesy, Bacon, and Ranch… Wow! This is an easy to make and super quick side dish that you can take to any party! Ingredients 2 (8-oz.) pkgs. cream cheese, softened 1/2 c. creamy Ranch dressing 2 c. grated Cheddar Jack cheese 3/4 c. cooked Applewood …

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Southern-Style Chicken and Dumplings

Created by, Donna Thomas- Dallas, TX 2nd Place– Southern Comfort Food Chicken and Dumplings is a southern, home-cooking classic and this recipe will not disappoint you, or your tummy! Ingredients 5 lbs. chicken 4 carrots, cut into thirds + 1 c. diced 3 onions, cut into lg. pieces + 1 c. chopped onions 2 celery stalks, cut into thirds + …

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Classic Coffee Cake

Created by, Billie Reid- Arlington, TX 2nd Place–Bread Baking You can never go wrong with some classic coffee cake! This recipe is absolutely delicious and is great to make for those times when you have guests in town for the holidays! Ingredients Cake: 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder 1 tsp. baking soda 3/4 tsp. salt 3 c. + 1 T. …

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Fall Harvest Spice Cake

Created by, Sally Muhl- Sunnyvale, TX 3rd Place– Cake Baking Fall in love with this tasty spice cake! It is the perfect holiday dessert with all your favorite spices! Ingredients Cake 1 1/2 cup sugar 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed 2 tsp. cinnamon 2 tsp. baking soda 1/2 tsp. salt 1/4 tsp. nutmeg 1/4 tsp. ground ginger 1 cup oil …

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Butternut Squash Soup

Created by Peter Clarac- Addison, TX 1st Place–Farm to Fork Try this delicious soup recipe, perfect for any winter day! Ingredients 2 tablespoons olive oil 3 cloves garlic, minced 2 butternut squash, peeled, diced medium 4 oz. white wine 2 pints chicken stock 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon white pepper 1/8 teaspoon chipotle powder Pinch of chili powder ¼ cup …

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