Can't make it to the state fair this year? No sweat. Indulge in the same sweet treats, including ice cream sundaes and mini donuts, and fried favorites, such as pork tenderloins and corn dogs, right in the comfort (and coolness!) of your own kitchen.
1/3 - cup grape jelly or seedless raspberry jam
1/3 - cup barbecue sauce
3 - cups frozen waffle-cut or thick-cut French-fried potatoes
4 - slices packaged ready-to-serve cooked bacon, chopped
2 - tablespoons fine dry bread crumbs
2 - tablespoons finely chopped honey roasted walnuts or almonds
1 - tablespoon barbecue sauce
1/2 - teaspoon poultry seasoning
1/4 - teaspoon salt
1/8 - teaspoon ground black pepper
8 - ounces ground chicken
1/2 - cup shredded Italian cheese blend or Monterey Jack cheese with jalapeno peppers, or crumbled Gorgonzola cheese (2 ounces)
Lettuce leaves and/or tomato slices (optional)
8 - dinner rolls or cocktail-size hamburger buns, split
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. In a small bowl whisk together jelly and the 1/3 cup barbecue sauce until smooth; set aside.
Arrange fries in a single layer on a baking pan. Sprinkle with bacon. Bake for 8 minutes.
Meanwhile, grease a shallow baking pan; set aside. In a medium bowl combine bread crumbs, nuts, the 1 tablespoon barbecue sauce, the poultry seasoning, salt, and pepper. Add ground chicken; mix well. Shape mixture into eight balls. Place balls 2 inches apart in the prepared baking pan. Moisten the bottom of a glass and use the glass to press each ball until about 1/4 inch thick.
Place pan with burgers in oven. Bake fries and burgers for 5 minutes. Stir fries; turn burgers. Bake for 5 minutes more.
Sprinkle fries with cheese. Transfer half of the jelly mixture to a small bowl and brush it over burgers. Bake fries and burgers about 2 minutes more or until burgers are done (165 degrees F) (see tip, below) and cheese is melted. If desired, place lettuce and/or tomato slices on bottoms of rolls. Add burgers; spoon the remaining jelly mixture over burgers. Replace tops of rolls.
FROM THE TEST KITCHEN
The internal color of a burger is not a reliable doneness indicator. A chicken patty cooked to 165 degrees F is safe, regardless of color. To measure the doneness of a patty, insert an instant-read thermometer through the side of the patty to the center.
Nutrition Facts (BBQ Chicken Sliders and Waffle Fries)
Per serving: 537 kcal cal., 21 g fat (7 g sat. fat, 1 g polyunsaturated fat, 4 g monounsatured fat), 20 mg chol., 902 mg sodium, 66 g carb., 4 g fiber, 16 g sugar, 22 g pro. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet