We recently asked people from the BuzzFeed Community to share their favorite Midwestern foods. Here are their best responses:
1. Cincinnati Chili
A generous sprinkling of cheese is mandatory. Recipe here.
2. Horseshoe Sandwich
You can substitute the Sirloin and sharp cheddar for your own choice of meat and cheese, but the thick Texas toast and French fries here are non-negotiables . Recipe here.
3. Puppy Chow
Some call it muddy buddies, others call it puppy chow — but as long as it’s made with Chex, peanut butter, chocolate, and powdered sugar, no one has to be wrong. Recipe here.
4. Gooey Butter Cake
I mean, the name itself should make your mouth water. Recipe here.
5. Meat and Vegetable Pasty
—Mike Jahncke, Facebook
Serve with a side of gravy or sour cream for the perfect quick meal. Recipe here.
6. Green Bean Casserole
If your green beans aren’t drowning in cream, you’re doing it wrong. Recipe here.
7. Chicago-style Hot Dog
Everyone knows that the correct way to make a Chicago-style hot dog is with a poppy seed bun, yellow mustard, neon green relish, chopped raw onions, ripe tomato wedges or slices, kosher dill pickle spears, sport peppers, celery salt, and for the love of God — ZERO KETCHUP. Get it right by making it yourself. Recipe here.
If you can’t get yourself to Nebraska to the popular eponymous chain, try this recipe, made with plenty of cabbage and onion just like the original stuff. More here.
9. Cheese Frenchee
Some recipes use crushed corn flakes instead of Ritz, but TBH any crunchy cracker will do. Dip them in ketchup for the full Frenchee experience. Recipe here.
Serve with a bit of butter and sugar to prove how the simplest ingredients can make the most addictive of recipes. Recipe here.
11. Fried Cheese Curds
Basically Wisconsin’s gift to the world. Recipe here.
12. Detroit-Style Coney Island Hot Dog
Despite its name, this hot dog actually hails from Detroit. Recipe here.
13. Juicy Lucy
You’ll know you stuffed the right amount of cheese into the patty if it explodes upon first bite . Recipe here.
14. Creamed Corn Casserole
While casseroles are in every Midwestern kitchen’s year-round dinner rotation, this variation is particular popular during the holidays. Recipe here.
15. Walking Taco
Step 1: Cut open bag of Frito chips. Step 2: Dump taco ingredients inside. Step 3: Go for the best walk of your life . Recipe here.
16. Tater Tot Casserole
Some foods you grow out of, others, you figure out how to turn into a hotdish. Recipe here.
17. Tuna Noodle Casserole
Canned tuna never tasted so good. Recipe here.
No potluck is complete without a serving of these. Recipe here.
19. Buffalo Chicken Dip
You know it’s a good dip when you could do without the chips. Recipe here.
Chocolate-covered peanut butter balls that look like Buckeyes and taste like happiness. Recipe here.
21. Toasted Ravioli
Warning: Once you try toasted ravioli, you’ll never want to go back to wimpy, un-toasted pasta. Recipe here.
22. Frozen Custard
Thick, creamy, and oh-so-rich, just like the best frozen custards should be. Recipe here.
23. Pork Tenderloin Sandwich
The perfect pork loin should be pounded and crisp, but also retain some juiciness. Recipe here.
24. Strawberry Pretzel Salad
Our kind of salad. Recipe here.
25. Chicago Italian Beef Sandwich
Top with Chicago Johnny’s Hot Giardiniera for a deliciously messy meal. Recipe here.
26. Deep-dish Pizza
Testament to the fact that where there’s a will, there’s a way (to stuff more cheese and bread into every pizza slice). Recipe here.
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