Not Your Average Fair Food!


When summer hits, that means that my annual trip to the Choctaw Indian Fair is just around the corner.  Some families have annual trips to the beach or to the mountains, but my mother and I go to Choctaw, MS for the Choctaw Indian Fair.  We have lost track of the number of years that we have been going, but we know that it is over 20 years.   We have taken my nieces, nephew, friends and other family over the course of these 20+ years.  I talked about the fair last year, just click here to read more, Food+Fun+Music+Dancing=The Choctaw Indian Fair.  My nephew went with us again this year and we all had a blast.

Going to the fair means getting some great fair food, both traditional and non-traditional fair food.  The non-traditional food, is what we look forward to the most! The Indian Taco!  Which is traditional taco ingredients of seasoned meat, beans, lettuce, tomato, cheese and salsa piled on top of a delicious piece of fry bread!  If you have never had fry bread you are missing out.  It is a large piece of dough that is fried and puffs.  You can buy just a piece of fry bread and try it plain or they have honey you can drizzle over the top and of course try it as the base of the taco.  There are a couple of taco stands, but we have always gotten ours at the Williams Stand

indian taco  fry bread with honey

I also look forward to getting hominy while at the fair.  The way it is prepared and served at the fair is very similar to chicken and dumplings.  I love it!  This year I also tried their pork meat with the hominy. It was so tender and amazing!

hominy  pork meat

Then if that isn’t enough, we had to get some roasted corn and my nephew loves “Gator on a Stick”.  You can always count on any fair to have a delicious assortment of food on sticks!

roasted corn  gator on a stick with stand

After you have stuffed yourself with some delicious food, you can go ride, spin and flip.  This year, my nephew ran into a school friend and they rode rides together.  I am glad, because I am just getting a little to old to ride, plus I don’t handle spinning and flipping to well anymore!  I got some great photos of Garrett and Cody having fun!

bumper car  Flying ride   tornado

I found a couple recipes on Taste of Home that will help hold me until I can get to the fair next year, Indian Fry Bread Tacos and Hominy Casserole.

Indian Fry Bread Tacos Recipe

Indian Fry Bread Tacos

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup hot water
  • 1/2 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 2 tablespoons taco seasoning
  • 1/3 cup water
  • Oil for frying
  • 2 tablespoons chopped lettuce
  • 2 tablespoons chopped tomato
  • 2 tablespoons salsa
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream

Directions:

  • In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt; stir in hot water to form a soft dough. Cover and let stand for 1 hour.
  • In a small skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Stir in taco seasoning and water; simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes. Keep warm.
  • Divide dough in half. On a lightly floured surface, roll each portion into a 4-in. circle.
  • In an electric skillet, heat 1 in. of oil to 350°. Fry bread circles in hot oil for 3-4 minutes on each side or until golden; drain on paper towels. Top each with meat mixture, lettuce and tomato. Serve with salsa and sour cream. Yield: 2 servings.

Hominy Casserole Recipe

Hominy Casserole

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
  • 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chilies
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 3 cans (15 ounces each) golden hominy, drained

Directions:

  • In a small skillet, cook onion in oil until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Remove from the heat. In a large bowl, combine onion mixture, sour cream, half of the cheese, milk, chilies and cumin. Stir in hominy.
  • Pour into a greased 2-qt. baking dish. bake, uncovered, at 350° for 30 minutes or until heated through. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Yield: 8-10 servings.

I hope you will give these recipes a try and get a little taste of the fair at your house!

Happy Cooking!

Michelle “RED” Roberts

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