STATE FAIR 2015: 40 new foods and 11 frozen treats

It's that time of year again -- time to start dreaming about all the delicious food you'll consume at the 2015 Minnesota State Fair. Grandma Deb's Snicker Bar Salad, or Maple Bacon Funnel Cake, anyone? TAP TO VIEW PHOTOS

Buffalo'd Bones: Slow-smoked center cut St. Louis-style spare ribs, fried, tossed in buffalo sauce and served with blue cheese dressing and celery

Butter Chicken Samosas: Pastries filled with chicken in a tomato curry sauce and served with a side of green chutney. Sweet Summer Vegetable Samosas with corn, peas and onions also are available

Burger Dog: A ground blend of hamburger, hot dog, bacon, cheese and a splash of jalapeño on a hot dog bun

Chilled Bread Pudding: Custardy bread pudding baked and served chilled – sundae-style – with a warm glaze/dunking sauce and a choice of crunchy "Moon Gravel" condiments. Bread pudding flavors: Old Fashioned Challah, Fudge Brownie Batter, Corn Bread and Gluten-Free. Glaze options: Classic Vanilla, Warm Berries, Salted Caramel Graham Cracker and Hot Chocolate. "Moon Gravel" topping choices: Granola Crunch, Cinnamon Churro Cookie, Candy Roasted Pecans and Rum Soaked Raisins

Cannoli: This pastry filled with a sweetened ricotta cheese cream returns to the fair in full or mini sizes.

Cowboy Dave's Cluck & Moo: Smashed potatoes, roasted beef and grilled chicken covered with beef gravy, crispy onions and mustard BBQ sauce

Cowboy Bites: Sweet corn kernels, bacon, jalapeños and cream cheese blended into bite-size balls, breaded and fried, and served with ranch dipping sauce

Grandma Deb's Snicker Bar Salad: Chopped Snickers® bars and Granny Smith apples tossed in vanilla pudding with whipped cream and drizzled with caramel sauce

Deep Fried Ribs: Smoked baby back ribs, breaded, fried and served with BBQ sauce

Hot Tail: Roasted pig tail coated in a scallion ginger sauce

Grilled Venetian-Style Pizza: Grilled over an open flame for a crispy crust and offered in three varieties: Margherita (oven-roasted tomatoes, cheese and basil); Farm Fresh (olives, sweet red peppers, arugula greens and fresh goat cheese); and Spicy Salami (thin-sliced salami, cheese, oregano and red pepper flakes)

Indi Frites: Indian-seasoned russet and sweet potato fries in a crispy batter

Island Slaw: Gluten-free island-style coleslaw with pineapple, mandarin oranges, sugar snap peas and spinach, all topped with teriyaki chicken, a light Sriracha glaze and macadamia nuts

Kimchi ‘n' Curry Poutine: Braised pork and potatoes smothered with curry gravy and cheddar cheese, then topped with kimchi and a poached egg

Italian Dessert Nachos: Cinnamon sugar cannoli chips smothered with sweet ricotta cheese filling, fruit, chocolate, nuts and candy toppings

Mac & Cheese Cupcake: Mac & cheese nestled in a breadcrumb crust, then sprinkled with breadcrumbs and frosted with a dollop of Cheez Whiz

Limerick Stix: A blend of pimento cheese and cayenne pepper coated in a corn meal mix, deep-fried and served with custom dipping sauce

Maple Bacon Funnel Cake: A funnel cake infused with bacon pieces, then topped with sweet maple glaze and sprinkled with more bacon

Meatloaf Hash: Blue Barn meatloaf, sautéed potatoes, peppers and onions topped with scrambled eggs and béarnaise sauce

Minnesota Wild Rice Benedict Muffin: A wild rice English muffin cup with sliced ham and a soft-cooked egg, covered with hollandaise sauce

Minnesota BEE-NICE Gluten-Free Muffin: Minnesota-grown, pollinator-friendly blueberries, sweet corn and honey with a hint of chipotle in a gluten-free cornbread muffin

Pretzel Croissant Sandwich: Gluten-free and nitrate-free grilled chicken breast and ham, Swiss cheese and fresh spinach smothered in honey mustard and chive aioli, grilled and served hot on a pretzel dough croissant or gluten-free toast

Prime Rib to Go: Thinly sliced choice prime rib, sautéed peppers, onions and mushrooms (optional) in a soft bread cone with a side of au jus, horseradish or Parmesan garlic sauce

Salad Named Soo: Cubed watermelon, basil, mint, arugula and almonds mixed with a chili honey lime sauce

Sara's Tipsy Pies: This new State Fair vendor features 5 varieties of hand pies:
• State Fair Rhubarb Blue Hunny Do – only at the State Fair: A blend of fresh local strawberry rhubarb and baby blueberries baked with Hunny Do Wheat Beer, a honey dew melon-flavored beer, and topped with a Hunny Do Tipsy Topping
• 2GINGERS® Irish Apple: Traditional apple pie made with 2GINGERS® Irish whiskey
• Bapple: Wild blueberries and apples with a honey stinger mead
• Maple Bacon Apple Breakfast (available 8-10:30 a.m. only): Filled with apples in maple syrup, then finished with a beer glaze and candied, slightly spicy bacon bits
• Salted Caramel Apple: Traditional apple pie with caramel beer filling

Sausage Sister's Sriracha Sliders: "Great Balls of Fire" meatballs with Monterey Jack cheese at the center, served on a crusty slider bun with Sister's Sweet ‘n' Hot Sriracha Sauce

Seafood Slider: A lobster and seafood mix blended with mayo, red onion, garlic, celery, lemon juice and breadcrumbs, served hot on a Hawaiian roll with wine aioli

Shanghaied Henri's International Tacos – 4 Varieties:
• Korean Bar-B-Q Beef Taco: Marinated beef glazed with spicy soy honey, layered with kimchi, topped with crispy rice noodles and served on two flour tortillas
• Oslo Taco: Seared braised, peppercorn-rubbed pork, layered with Norwegian Jarlsburg cheese, pickled cabbage slaw, red onion, apple-smoked bacon and lingonberry relish sour cream, topped with pork cracklins and served on two flour tortillas
• St. Paul Taco: Braised beef brisket simmered in Summit Villain beer served on two flour tortillas with caramelized onions, cabbage slaw, horseradish sour cream and apple-smoked bacon bits
• Yucatan Taco: Seasoned chicken chorizo braised in tequila and red wine vinegar served with green cabbage carrot slaw, queso fresco, pickled red onion and cilantro sour cream on two flour tortillas

Smokey's Breakfast Burger: Seasoned sausage and hamburger on a corn-dusted bun with applewoodsmoked bacon, caramelized onions, melted provolone cheese, fried egg and a tomato slice

SPAM® Burgers in 5 New Flavors: A grilled SPAM® burger with cheese and onions, in your choice of five flavors: Jalapeño, Hot & Spicy, Bacon, Hickory Smoke and Black Pepper

Sriracha Balls: Two choices of filling breaded in panko, deep-fried and drizzled with Sriracha sauce: blend of shredded chicken, corn, tomatoes, egg and Sriracha; or Sriracha cream cheese with corn, tomatoes and egg

Sriracha Dog: All-beef hot dog on a Sriracha cream cheese-smeared bun, topped with bacon bits and drizzled with Sriracha sauce

Steak Apizzaiola: Cuts of Italian steak sautéed in au jus and served on a seasoned kaiser bun with caramelized onions, melted cheese and marinara sauce

Stuffed Italian Meatloaf On-a-Stick: Italian meatloaf stuffed with Mozzarella and pepperoni, topped with marinara sauce and a Parmesan herb blend and served on-a-stick

Sweet Potato Taco: Mashed sweet potatoes, black beans, sautéed onions and vinegar coleslaw wrapped in a flour tortilla

Tikka On-a-Stikka: Chicken marinated in spices and yogurt, chargrilled and smothered in tikka sauce

Totchos: Tater tots smothered in cheddar cheese sauce with seasoned sour cream, bacon bits and green onions (chicken or taco-style beef optional). Gluten-free

Up Nort Shoreman's Lunch: Battered northern pike in a fresh tomato sauce with potatoes and corn, finished with smoked pepper tartar sauce

Walleye Stuffed Mushrooms: Jumbo mushroom caps stuffed with flavored cream cheese spread, walleye, three cheeses, red pepper, panko breadcrumbs and a special sauce

Wine Fried Kalettes: Battered kale, fried crispy in wine and served with sweet Thai chili sauce