50 State Foods

Each of our 50 states has its own food scene and quirky cuisine. So we asked you, our fans, which dish best represents your state. The result? Fifty tasty state recipes and a culinary roadmap of the USA.

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    Favorite State Foods

    Across the Country in 50 State Dishes

    If you were to go on a cross-country trip, tasting each state’s most iconic dish, what would you find? Join us on a culinary tour of the United States, sampling a bit of local flavor in each of the 50 states. Flip Through the Recipe Book

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    Alabama

    Fried Green Tomatoes Recipe

    A restaurant in Irondale, Ala., originated this iconic fried dish to make use of abundant unripe green tomatoes. Get the Recipe: Fried Green Tomatoes

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    Alaska

    Alaska Salmon Candy Recipe

    When cured, basted and baked, strips of Alaskan King Salmon become a dry, salty-sweet jerky with just a hint of smoke. Get the Recipe: Salmon Candy

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    Arizona

    Pork Chimichanga Recipe

    A burrito was once accidentally dropped in the fryer (or so the tale goes), and the crispy, meat-filled chimichanga was born. Get the Recipe: Pork Chimichanga

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    Arkansas

    Southern Fried Catfish Recipe

    Cook catfish quickly at a very high temperature to produce a crispy, crunchy crust that’s signature of the Arkansas dish. Get the Recipe: Southern Fried Catfish

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    California

    Fish Tacos Recipe

    Deep-fried, flaked and served with fresh fixin’s, fish tacos are a favorite amongst surfers and southern Californians. Get the Recipe: Fish Tacos

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    Colorado

    Colorado Chili Verde Recipe

    Serve this thinner, subtly spicy pork chili — richly green thanks to tart, firm tomatillos — with tortilla chips and lime wedges. Get the Recipe: Chile Verde

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    Connecticut

    New Haven-Style White Clam Pizza Recipe

    In CT, thin-crust pizza is topped with garlic, oregano, olive oil, just a sprinkling of cheese and fresh local clams. Get the Recipe: New Haven-Style White Clam Pizza

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    Delaware

    Delaware Vinegar French Fries Recipe

    These tangy boardwalk-inspired spuds are soaked in vinegar, refrigerated and then fried to a golden brown finish. Get the Recipe: Vinegar French Fries

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    Florida

    Key Lime Pie Recipe

    Key limes (abundant in the Florida Keys) react with condensed milk to form this no-bake pie’s thick filling. Get the Recipe: Key Lime Pie

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    Georgia

    Georgia Peach Pie Recipe With Lattice Top

    Sweet, juicy Georgia peaches peek through the woven lattice crust of this sunny pie, flavored with a little sugar and spice. Get the Recipe: Lattice-Top Georgia Peach Pie

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    Hawaii

    Hawaii Ahi Poke Recipe

    Serve marinated, diced sashimi-grade ahi tuna with lettuce cups and fried wontons to tap into the spirit of Aloha. Get the Recipe: Ahi Poke

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    Idaho

    Idaho Finger Steaks Recipe

    Idaho gives us steak’s answer to chicken fingers: double-battered sirloin segments fried and served with BBQ sauce. Get the Recipe: Finger Steaks

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    Illinois

    Chicago-Style Deep Dish Pizza Recipe

    With a cast-iron skillet and super-hot oven, you can mimic the crispy crust exterior of this layered deep-dish pie. Get the Recipe: Chicago-Style Deep Dish Pizza

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    Indiana

    Indiana Breaded Pork Tenderloin Sandwich Recipe

    Marinate pork tenderloin in spiced buttermilk, then bread and fry until it’s crispy and brown to fill this classic Hoosier sandwich. Get the Recipe: Breaded Pork Tenderloin Sandwich

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    Iowa

    Grilled Sweet Corn on the Cob Recipe

    Iowa sweet corn doesn’t need much for its natural flavors to shine — simply grill and brush with a bit of garlic butter Get the Recipe: Grilled Sweet Corn on the Cob

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    Kansas

    Kansas City-Style Ribs Recipe

    Follow KC tradition by starting these tender ribs with a spicy rub and finishing with a complex 15-ingredient barbecue sauce. Get the Recipe: Kansas City-Style Ribs

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    Kentucky

    Kentucky Hot Browns Recipe

    Bake an open-faced turkey sandwich (topped with bacon and Mornay sauce) to re-create this Louisville classic. Get the Recipe: Kentucky Hot Browns

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    Louisiana

    Shrimp Gumbo Recipe

    This 18th century spicy Cajun stew gains flavor from its dark roux and characteristic thickness from sassafras-sourced file. Get the Recipe: Shrimp Gumbo

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    Maine

    Lobster Roll Recipe

    This classic seaside sandwich from Maine skips the seasonings and celery, letting the fresh lobster flavor shine through. Get the Recipe: Lobster Roll

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    Maryland

    Old Bay Steamed Blue Crabs Recipe

    Plentiful Chesapeake Bay blue crabs (meaty male Jimmies, only!) are smothered in Old Bay Seasoning and steamed. Get the Recipe: Old Bay Steamed Blue Crabs

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    Massachusetts

    Clam Chowder Recipe

    Serve this creamy milk-based “chowdah” — filled with chunks of potato, bacon and plenty of fresh clams — with oyster crackers. Get the Recipe: Clam Chowder

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    Michigan

    Michigan Pasty Recipe

    With Cornish and Finnish roots, these popular D-shaped beef and veggie meat pies began as miners’ fuel. Get the Recipe: Michigan Pasty

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    Minnesota

    Hotdish Tater Tot Casserole Recipe

    Pronounced “hoddish,” this casserole (creamy veggies topped with crispy tater tots) is perfect for serving at large gatherings. Get the Recipe: Hotdish

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    Mississippi

    Mississippi Mud Pie Recipe

    Rich, dense chocolate filling — dark as the banks of the Mississippi river — sits atop a crumbly cookie crust. Get the Recipe: Mississippi Mud Pie

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    Missouri

    Fried Ravioli Recipe

    Crispy on the outside, filled with soft cheese and liberally dipped in marinara sauce: an appetizer we can get behind. Get the Recipe: Fried Ravioli

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    Montana

    Huckleberry Pie Recipe

    Huckleberries — small round fruits similar to blueberries — are abundant in the Pacific Northwest, and perfect for filling pies. Get the Recipe: Huckleberry Pie

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    Nebraska

    Nebraska Handheld Meat Pies Recipe

    You’ll find palm-sized meat pies like these all throughout Nebraska — great as a make-ahead lunch or for a potluck. Get the Recipe: Nebraska Handheld Meat Pies

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    Nevada

    Las Vegas All-You-Can-Eat Buffet Recipe

    Fill your plate(s), Vegas-style, with varied recipes you might find at one of the bottomless buffets on the strip. Get the Recipe: Las Vegas All-You-Can-Eat Buffet

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    New Hampshire

    New England Boiled Dinner Recipe

    Feed a crowd the NH way with moist, tender corned beef, veggies cooked in beef broth and a tasty horseradish sauce. Get the Recipe: New England Boiled Dinner

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    New Jersey

    Pork Roll Sandwich With Egg and Cheese Recipe

    For an authentic Jersey breakfast, layer pork roll (a SPAM-like meat) with a cheese-smothered egg between toasty buns. Get the Recipe: Pork Roll Sandwich With Egg and Cheese

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    New Mexico

    Green Chile Cheeseburger Recipe

    In New Mexico, chiles — the state veggie — are mixed to form a relish and thrown atop burgers with ample cheese. Get the Recipe: Green Chile Cheeseburger

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    New York

    Buffalo Wings Recipe

    Try a healthier baked version of the spicy, tangy (usually fried) wings with blue cheese sauce that hail from Buffalo. Get the Recipe: Buffalo Wings

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    North Carolina

    Pulled Pork BBQ Sandwich Recipe

    Our vinegar-based pulled pork sauce is as tangy as any North Carolinian would expect, plus a little sweet and spicy to boot. Get the Recipe: Pulled Pork BBQ Sandwich

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    North Dakota

    Lefse Potato Crepes Recipe

    Thin, delicate potato crepes are browned in a skillet, spread with butter and sugar, and rolled into a tube for frequent consumption. Get the Recipe: Lefse Potato Crepes

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    Ohio

    Peanut Butter Buckeyes Recipe

    These no-bake peanut butter and chocolate balls are crafted to look like the nuts that fall from the Ohio Buckeye tree. Get the Recipe: Buckeyes

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    Oklahoma

    Crispy Cornmeal Okra Recipe

    Crisped to a golden brown, fried okra is an irresistible snack enjoyed in Oklahoma and all throughout the South. Get the Recipe: Crispy Cornmeal Okra

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    Oregon

    Marionberry Pie Recipe

    Tart, conical marionberries (like blackberries, but sweeter) turn reddish when cooked inside a perfect crumb-topped pie. Get the Recipe: Marionberry Pie

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    Pennsylvania

    Philly Cheese Steak Recipe

    In Philly, the big cheese steak debate — sliced cheese or canned Cheese Whiz? — goes on between rival restaurants. Get the Recipe: Philly Cheese Steak

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    Rhode Island

    Frozen Lemonade Recipe

    Squeeze this sweet-tart treat (think icy dessert crossed with a drink) out of a cup — no spoon! — like the Rhode Island folk do. Get the Recipe: Frozen Lemonade

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    South Carolina

    Shrimp and Grits Recipe

    Grits (thick ground corn) form a bed for fresh-from-the-sea shrimp and other mix-ins, like bacon, garlic and lemon. Get the Recipe: Shrimp and Grits

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    South Dakota

    Chislic Recipe

    This unique state dish calls for cubed red meat to be deep-fried, dipped in garlic salt and served with saltines. Get the Recipe: Chislic

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    Tennessee

    Memphis Dry-Rub Ribs Recipe

    Marinate ribs overnight with a complex rub and then cook until they develop a rich, dark crust. Optional BBQ sauce included. Get the Recipe: Memphis Dry-Rub Ribs

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    Texas

    Texas Brisket Recipe

    The king of Texas BBQ (and there’s plenty) is the Texas brisket, coated with mustard and a spicy rub and smoked for nine hours. Get the Recipe: Texas Brisket

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    Utah

    Funeral Potatoes Recipe

    This grim-sounding casserole is anything but: onions, garlic and cream topped with melted cheese and crunchy cornflakes. Get the Recipe: Funeral Potatoes

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    Vermont

    Cheddar Cheese Apple Pie Recipe

    Sweet-tart apples meet sharp Vermont cheddar in this classic New England take on the favorite fall pie. Get the Recipe: Cheddar Cheese Apple Pie

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    Virginia

    Virginia Ham Biscuits Recipe

    Salty country ham slices are covered with honey mustard and sandwiched between Southern-style chive-speckled biscuits. Get the Recipe: Virginia Ham Biscuits

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    Washington

    Cedar-Planked Salmon Recipe

    Give salmon woodsy, smoky flavor by brushing the fish with a marinade and then broiling atop soaked, browned cedar planks. Get the Recipe: Cedar-Planked Salmon

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    West Virginia

    Pepperoni Roll Recipe

    Re-create the West Virginia convenience store snack by filling dough pockets with shredded mozzarella and a pepperoni stick. Get the Recipe: Pepperoni Roll

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    Wisconsin

    Bratwurst Stewed With Sauerkraut Recipe

    Bratwurst (ground meat sausages that are grilled or pan-fried) are served with tangy sauerkraut on a baguette. Get the Recipe: Bratwurst Stewed With Sauerkraut

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    Wyoming

    Chicken Fried Steak Recipe

    In Wyoming, steak is tenderized, dredged in an egg mixture and flour, then pan-fried until it has a crispy, breaded exterior. Get the Recipe: Chicken Fried Steak

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    Washington D.C.

    D.C. Chili Half Smoke

    In D.C., giant, smoky hot dogs are split in half, grilled and piled high with a chunky chopped onion chili. A capital meal, indeed. Get the Recipe: Chili Half-Smokes

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    Bonus: Election Cake

    Election Cake

    Celebrate your democratic spirit by baking this historic yeasted Bundt cake (a spiced holiday bread meets coffee cake) covered in confectioners’ glaze. Get the Recipe

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