This year, the Calgary Stampede was put on hold until 2021 due to the global pandemic, but that doesn’t mean you can’t indulge in your favorite midway treats.
Everyone knows, no matter what direction you turn at the Stampede you will always find something delicious to try. Whether you’re in the mood for something sweet, salty or even a bit strange like crickets on pizza, Stampede is sure to please all palettes.
Although Stampede looks a little different this year, you shouldn’t have to miss out. We’ve put together some of our favorite snacks and how you can re-create them at home.
Did someone say Blooming Onion?
There are few things in the world better than a deep-fried onion covered in a creamy spicy dip. To re-create the Blooming Onion, you will need a large sweet onion, preferably a Vidalia. To learn more about why Vidalia onions make the perfect onion for this recipe, click here.
The trick to creating the “bloom” is to cut off ½ inch from the pointy stem end of the onion and then peel. Place onion cut-side down, starting ½ inch from the root and make a downward cut all the way through to the board. Repeat to make four evenly spaces cut all the way around the onion and continue until you have 16 evenly spaced cuts. Turn the onion over and gently separate with your fingers and VOILA!
Check out the full Blooming Onion recipe here: Almost-Famous Bloomin’ Onion
Calgarians are no stranger to the theme of Stampede midway food. For those who have never been… almost everything is deep-fried!
Cauliflower really hit the scene as the next trendy, healthiest vegetable, especially when people started using it as crust for pizza, but when you attend the Stampede, cauliflower is re-imagined as a mouthwatering, Vegan cauliflower wing because, why not! The freshly battered and fried cauliflower is tossed in hot sauce and can be paired with your favorite dipping sauce.
Check out this great cauliflower bite recipe: Extra Spicy Cauliflower Bites
Stampede Potato Tornado
You don’t need to be a chef to make these aesthetically pleasing spuds on a stick. Simply thread the potato onto skewers, then carve around them with a sharp knife. Gently pull apart the potato creating the nooks and crannies you need to season with your favorite toppings.
Pop them in the oven for 30 minutes or carefully toss in a deep fryer or pot of oil making chips on a stick, does it get any easier than that?
Give it a try, full recipe here: Crispy Potatoes
Classic Candy Apple
Everyone knows the exact color as soon as someone says “candy apple”, a deep, rich red with the perfect amount of glimmer.
Whether you’ve attended the Calgary Stampede or even a family fair, you know candy apples are a must! For this recipe you will need to decide whether you would like to use red or green apples and the size. If you are going for a true Stampede candy apple, choose a large red apple. Make sure to pick up a candy thermometer to help with cooking.
To turn your candy apple into a Stampede apple, dress it up with some cotton candy, chocolate bits or crickets – not recommended for the faint of heart.
Click here for the full candy apple recipe: Easy Homemade Candy Apples