Carbs & Rec: J.J.’s French Toast Dipsticks

September 5th, 2014 12:20 pm by Kelly Garbato

Hay rides. Dunking booths. Corn mazes and concerts under the starlight. Giant pumpkins and even gianter pumpkin pies. The scent of fried foods wafting through the air, mingling with animal poop, and clinging to your hair, your skin, and your clothing…long after the fourth wash. Ahhhh. The Pawnee Harvest Festival. That’s the stuff.


(Just be glad that computer monitors don’t come with scratch & sniff capabilities. NOT YET.)

Staples of the Pawenee foodie community Sweetums and J.J.’s Diner each have booths at the festival, along with with (much-loathed) Sue’s Salads, (somewhat obscure) Happy Harriet’s House of Heaven, and one-two-twelve different sandwich shops. But wait! There’s more!


As if J.J.’s breakfast foods aren’t enough to satisfy your yearly quota of saturated fats, there’s a whole boulevard which consists of nothing but deep fried foods. It’s called – wait for it! – Deep Fried Boulevard: “Eight full blocks of Howell Drive (from Racine to Tellenson St.) will feature nothing but fried foods! Fried dough, fried meats and cheeses, fried sandwiches, fried fruit, fried foods that have themselves been fried again – if you want to eat it, we’ll fry it!”

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Though the show itself is light on the details, I like to think that J.J.’s maintains a second booth on Deep Fried Boulevard, where it sells these deep fried French Toast Dipsticks…among other things. (Deep-fried vegan mac & cheese, can I get a holla?!?)

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Consider this: While waffles are their signature dish, every day is French toast day (a fact which earns J.J.’s a mention in the “ethnic foods” section of Pawnee: The Greatest Town in America, the definitive guidebook to Pawnee. Also: the only guidebook to Pawnee.)

Also, french toast sticks? The perfect finger food for fairs. Stuff them down your maw with one paw while petting your new friend from the raccoon pen with the other.

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The recipe is from Home-Cooked Vegan Comfort Food – for what is vegan comfort food if not deep fried? – and it alone is worth the purchase price of the book. French toast is one of the few foods I’ve missed since going vegan; up until now, no recipe has come close to replicating the greasy, syrupy, sugary pan-fried French toast of my childhood. I mean, most of the recipes I’ve seen feature bananas in the batter. Bananas! Are you kidding me?

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But these French toast sticks? Right on the money. There are instructions for pan-frying them, but use a deep frier if you can. Seriously, just do it. As you’re working, stash the finished sticks on an ungreased cookie sheet in an oven preheated to ~200F so they stay warm and crispy.



Visit the first aid tent for more medical-slash-dating advice from Donna Meagle, Pawnee’s own Parks & Rec Office Manager!

Like all good fair food, you’ll be paying for your five minutes of bliss for five hours+ the next morning – so make it count! Maybe wrap these in some cotton candy, hot dog styley? Or enjoy them with a chaser of Maple & Candied Pecan Ice Cream?

You just know Sweetums is hiding an ice cream booth around here somewhere….

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5 Responses to “Carbs & Rec: J.J.’s French Toast Dipsticks”

  1. Laura Says:

    I love everything about this post! <3

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  3. Zsu Dever Says:

    Definitely a great post! Holla! And I’ll take the Ice Cream chaser, thank you!

    Zsu @ Zsu’s Vegan Pantry

  4. Jojo Says:

    I haven’t had much of a chance to leave comments so far this mofo but I LOVE your theme & I’ll be all over the comments section when I’m back from my travels. I have hearty vegan meals and I have no idea why I haven’t already made these – they look perfect!

  5. Kelly Garbato Says:

    Thanks, everyone!

    I know what you mean, Jojo. I was on top of comments for the first two days but now I’m woefully behind. It’s supposed to be miserable and rainy this week, so maybe I’ll get to play catch-up.

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