When it's not meat and potatoes, it's...well, it's still meat and potatoes, except it's disguised as casserole, soup, or meatloaf!
Meals in the Midwest are a hearty mix of German and Scandinavian cuisines: heavy on the cream and light on the spices. And with this being the birthplace of the potluck dinner, you can be sure that you're always welcome to pull up a chair.
Communal dinners, church suppers, and potlucks were a big part of life on the frontier. Even today, you can drive through the Midwest and see signs for drop-in church dinners or Friday night fish fries in every small town you come to!
True to style, most of these recipes will feed a crowd or can be frozen for future crowd-feeding.
Soups and Sides:
• Minnesota Wild Rice Soup from Cooks.com
• Sauerkraut from Wild Fermentation
• Swedish Limpa Rye Bread from Recipezaar
• Swedish Meatballs from the Food Network
• German Style Onions and Bratwurst from Chef2Chef
• Basic Fish Fry from Recipezaar
• Upper Peninsula (ie, Michigan!) Pasties from Pasties Pasties
• Classic Meatloaf from Simply Recipes
Church Suppers and Potlucks:
• Easy Noodle Kugel from Epicurious
• Green Bean Casserole from Campbell's Kitchen
• Tuna Noodle Casserole from the Boston Globe
• Streusel Kuchen from Epicurious
• Raisin Sour Cream Bars from AllRecipes
• Strawberry Rhubarb Cobbler from Epicurious
• Apple Brown Betty from Epicurious
Ok, Midwesterners, what other foods deserve a place on our list?!
Related: Sense of Place: The Food of New England
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