County Fair Fried Dough
Fried dough of various types is ubiquitous nationwide (as well as around the world), whether made at home or acquired at one of countless county fairs. This recipe is similar to the modern one for fry bread (or frybread), a version of which has been a key part of Navajo tribal tradition since the 19th century. Other cultures have their own names for this crispy/tender treat, including frogs, beaver tails, elephant ears, and pizza fritta (made with yeast). Want to make your own fried dough at home? While most fried dough cooks in deep fat, this easy version uses just 1/4" of vegetable oil: no deep-frying necessary.