Taste of Texas
BBQ, steak, Tex Mex ... these are just a few of the foods that are popular in Texas. Flip through our gallery to see what else makes the cut.
idea_ss_taste-of-texas_005_596x334Texas has 4 different styles of barbecue. East Texas cooks the beef slowly over hickory wood until it falls off the bone. In Central Texas, the meat is rubbed with spices and cooked over indirect heat from burning pecan or oak wood. In West Texas, the meat is cooked directly over mesquite wood. And lastly, South Texas features thick sauces that make the meat very moist. 960 1280
idea_ss_taste-of-texas_006_596x334The margarita originated in Mexico and has become popular in the US, including Texas. The cocktail consists of tequila, an orange-flavored liquor and lime or lemon juice. It is typically served with salt around the rim of the glass. It can be on the rocks (with ice), blended with ice (frozen) or straight up (no ice). 960 1280
idea_ss_taste-of-texas_012_596x334Chili peppers contain high amounts of vitamins, potassium and iron. They have many different uses in the kitchen. A common use is in Tex-Mex food as part of the dish or ground up in a powder. The chili peppers have a kick and add spice to a dish. 960 1280
amazing-eats_ss_fried_006Did You Know? Fried food is so delicious partly because of 2 flavorsome reactions that occur on the surface of the food: carmelization and maillard reactions. In carmelization, heat converts any sugars on the surface of the food to a deep delicious brown caramel and in maillard reactions, heat causes hundreds of different flavor compounds to form, making a truly mouthwatering mouthful.
Dish 1: Pan-Fried Chicken
Where: Stroud’s, 5410 Northeast Oak Ridge Rd, Kansas City, MO 64119 960 1280
amazing-eats_ss_fried_007Did You Know? Donuts are said to have originated in 19th century Holland. Back then, they were sweet dough balls fried in pork fat called "oily cakes". Legend has it the modern doughnut was created in 1847 by a Maine sea captain who poked a hole in the middle to ensure even cooking and minimal grease.
Dish 2: Donuts
Where: Round Rock Donuts, 106 W Liberty, Round Rock, TX 78664 960 1280
amazing-eats_ss_fried_009Did You Know? Deep-frying cooks food faster than baking because oil conducts heat much better than the air in a convection oven. When done properly, frying steams food from the inside out, confining the oil to just the outer surface, producing a soft and moist inside with a crunchy outer shell.
Dish 3: Salty Dog
Where: Old Salty Dog, 1601 Ken Thompson Pkwy, Sarasota, FL 34236 960 1280
amazing-eats_ss_fried_001Did You Know? Deep-frying dates back to ancient Rome. The Roman cookbook Apicius was said to have a deep-fried chicken recipe.
Dish 4: Chuleta Can Can
Where: Raices, Recinto Sur St #315, Viejo San Juan, Puerto Rico 960 1280
amazing-eats_ss_fried_008Did You Know? In 1841, the first state fair was held in Syracuse, NY. Since then, these annual events have evolved from simple competitive exhibitions of livestock and baked goods to full-out festivals of family fun and golden fried wonders.
Dish 5: Fried Catfish
Where: California State Fair, 1600 Exposition Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95815 960 1280