Amusement parks and fairs have a few things in common, one of the best of which is the food. You know what I’m talking about. It’s usually fried or barbequed, loaded with fat and calories, and overpriced. But it’s oh so good and helps build memories of the fun time you spent there.
Today I indulged in Granny’s Apple Fries at Legoland. Granny Smith apples fried, dusted with cinnamon sugar (and some undisclosed ingredients), and served with vanilla cream dipping sauce. Delicious!
They’re pleasantly light and crispy on the outside with a gushy apply core. While some of them were a little short, I appreciated the fact that I could tell a real apple died for my tasty treat. They leave the skins on, so you can pretend they’re a little bit healthy. They give you an ample amount of vanilla cream to go with them too. Although it looks like it’s on top of the fries here, the cup actually had a built in dipping cup that suspends the cream above the back of the fry cup.
These are definitely a must-have when you visit and at $4.95 before member discounts they don’t cost more than dessert in a restaurant. You can find them in a stand on Castle Hill. Remember to go early enough because like most of the food establishments they close at least an hour before the park closes.
Now if you’re like me, you always wonder if you could reproduce a fair favorite food in your own kitchen. Caroline Dipping, staff writer for the San Diego Union-Tribune, published a column in 2008 with Chef Jeff Hill’s recipe for Apple Fries. Here’s a link to a 2007 webisode of Chef Tips with Jeff Hill that shows how to cook the fries.
Legoland, 1 Legoland Drive, Carlsbad, CA (760) 918-5346