12 State Fair Foods That Taste Better on a Stick

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12 State Fair Foods That Taste Better on a Stick

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July 29 2020


Bring the State Fair to you, no matter what time of the year! That's right, we're talking about foods on a stick! It may be a mystery why everything tastes better when we put it on a stick, but we're not here to solve that mystery ... just enjoy! We're raving about our recipes like fried pickles, chicken parmesan, meatball subs, and chicken and waffles ... all on a stick!

  1. Italian Club Sandwich on a Stick

    Toss sliced Hy-Vee Bakery baguette with enough Hy-Vee Italian salad dressing to coat. Alternately thread baguette slices, sliced Hy-Vee Deli Black Forest ham, cherry tomatoes, torn leaf lettuce, sliced prosciutto, sliced provolone cheese, and sliced salami onto skewers. Spear pickled pepperoncini to each skewer. Drizzle with additional Italian dressing before serving. 

  2. Air Fried Tempura Pickles on a Stick

    It doesn't get much more State Fair-like than fried pickles on a stick. But, with our easy recipe, skip the deep fat fryer and reach for your air fryer instead.

  3. Meatball Sub on a Stick

    Toss 1 (14-oz.) pkg. Hy-Vee Italian-style meatballs with 2 teaspoons hot sauce; microwave on HIGH 2 minutes. Cut 1 (11-oz.) tube refrigerated pizza dough into 6 strips; thread and wrap around meatballs onto skewers. Place on a wire rack in rimmed baking pan. Brush with 1 cup Hy-Vee marinara sauce. Bake in 425 degree oven for 13 minutes. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese; bake 2 minutes more or until heated through (165 degrees). Garnish with fresh oregano. Serves 6.

  4. Monkey Tail on a Stick

    Frozen chocolate-covered bananas are an easy (and relatively healthy) dessert choice. Just because you're enjoying State Fair foods, doesn't mean you can't enjoy a healthier treat.

  5. Chicken and Waffles on a Stick

    Alternately thread 1 (25-oz.) bag Hy-Vee fully cooked crispy chicken strips, cut-up; 9 Hy-Vee homestyle waffles, quartered; watermelon cubes; and peach wedges onto skewers. Grill on a greased grill rack over direct medium heat 12 minutes or until chicken is done (165 degrees), turning occasionally. Serve with melted Hy-Vee salted butter and Hy-Vee apricot preserves. Sprinkle with minced jalapenos. Serves 6.

  6. Chocolate-Covered Bacon

    The only thing that could make chocolate-covered bacon more like a State Fair food is to put it on a stick. So, we did.

  7. Cowboy Sliders on a Stick

    Combine 80% lean ground beef with burger seasonings; form into small 1/2-inch-thick patties. Bake patties on rack in baking pan at 425 degrees for 10 minutes or until 165 degrees. Top with Hy-vee fully cooked bacon and Colby Jack cheese slices; bake until cheese is melted. Alternately thread patties, baked Hy-Vee onion rings, split Hawaiian rolls, butterhead lettuce, dill pickle slices, and roma tomato slices onto skewers. Drizzle with BBQ sauce.

  8. Blue Ribbon Pizza Sticks

    Pizza night takes on a new meaning with our pepperoni and bell pepper skewers wrapped in pizza dough and skewered on a stick. Just like at the State Fair!

  9. Chicken Parmesan on a Stick

    Alternately thread halved Hy-Vee fully cooked breaded chicken breast patties, cut-up Hy-Vee garlic bread sticks, and half-slices zucchini onto skewers. Place on a wire rack in a rimmed baking pan. Drizzle with Hy-Vee marinara pasta sauce. Top with strings of Hy-Vee mozzarella string cheese. Bake at 425 degrees for 15 minutes or until cheese is melted. Garnish with fresh basil leaves.

  10. Fried Snickers

    Whip out your candy bars, pancake mix, and your deep fat fryer. We're bringing you fried Snickers on a stick.

  11. Philly Cheese Steak on a Stick

    Toss Hy-Vee Angus Reserve beef sirloin steak strips, onion wedges, bell pepper pieces, and cubed Hy-Vee Bakery hoagie buns with olive oil and Hickory House Steak Whisperer seasoning. Alternately thread pieces on skewers. Grill over direct medium-high heat to desired doneness, turning occasionally. Add sliced Hy-Vee Provolone cheese during last minute of grilling.

  12. Bacon Jalapeno Corn Dogs

    We can't make this all about the State Fair without mentioning corn dogs. Try our deep fat fried version using bacon and jalapenos!