One of the things I’ve always been dying to do is to go on a cross-country trip. I’d like to visit all 50 states and try out the local cuisine. That would be so awesome. I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one who’s thinking of doing this.
Unfortunately, not all of us have the time or money to just pack up and leave right away. Good thing you can sample each state’s most popular dishes right in the comfort of your own home. I’ve listed 50 mouth-watering meals that you and your family can enjoy.
1. Alabama – Fried Green Tomatoes. These sweet and tangy tomatoes are wedged, coated in buttermilk and breadcrumbs. Then, fried to golden brown perfection. You can dip them in a creamy, spicy mayo to enjoy its delightful flavors.
2. Alaska – Candied Smoked Salmon. These dry, salty-sweet strips of salmon are cured overnight, brushed with a mixture of brown sugar, maple syrup, liquid smoke and soy sauce. Then, it is slowly baked in the oven. The result? An addictive and delicious treat! Pinterest
3. Arizona – Pork Chimichanga. Legend has it that a burrito was once inadvertently dropped in a fryer and that was how the crispy, meat-filled chimi was created. You can cut it open and serve with guacamole and salsa for a heavenly experience.
4. Arkansas – Southern Fried Catfish. If you want to make a crispy and crunchy crust that seals in the catfish’s distinct flavor and moisture, all you need to do is to cook it quickly at a very high temperature. You can serve it with tartar sauce or creole seasoning for added flavor. Pinterest
5. California – Fish tacos. They’re cheap and easy to make. All you need is fish, salsa, lettuce, and a creamy dressing. Just flake the fish, deep fry, and serve with salsa or sour cream. It’s that simple!
6. Colorado – Chile Verde. The best way to cook this fantastic dish is to sear the pork before putting it in the crock pot. Then, cook all the veggies in the same pan. It’ll save you a lot of time and effort. Serve it with tortilla chips and lime wedges after it simmers and the flavors concentrate. Pinterest
7. Connecticut – New Haven-style pizza. This pizza started out with a thin, crispy crust, topped with garlic, olive oil, oregano, and sprinkles of cheese. However, clams from the local waters were added and became popular over time. It’s remarkably tasty!
8. Delaware – Vinegar French Fries. These aren’t your typical French fries. They’re soaked in vinegar and refrigerated for a couple of hours to allow its natural sugars to develop. Then, they’re fried to a perfect golden brown appearance. Use salt to enhance its tangy flavor. Pinterest
9. Florida – Key Lime Pie. This irresistible pie is made from the juice of the Florida Key’s key limes. There’s no need to bake. Just mix the condensed milk with a non-dairy topping. Then, add the key lime juice. Make sure to blend well, then pour into the graham cracker crust. Keep it in the fridge for three hours and top it with whipped cream before serving.
10. Georgia – Lattice-Top Georgia Peach Pie. You’ll love the taste of these sweet, juicy Georgia peaches stuffed into a pie blended with sugar and spice. It may take you a total of more than three hours to make this, but a 10-inch pie is already good for eight servings. So it’s well worth the wait. Pinterest
11. Hawaii – Ahi Poke. Say Aloha to this traditional Hawaiian dish. Make sure to use a sashimi-grade tuna and dice it. Mix with ginger, onion, scallion, soy and sesame sauce. Then, serve it with fried wontons and lettuce cups. This dish will only take 10 minutes to make.
12. Idaho – Finger steaks. Aside from chicken, you can use pieces of sirloin or cube steak as an alternative. Cut the steak into strips about a half inch with and two to three inches long. Coat with spiced batter to make a thick, crunchy coating after frying. Then, dip it in barbecue sauce to complement its flavor. Pinterest
13. Illinois – Chicago-Style Deep Dish Pizza. To make an authentic style Chicago deep dish pizza, use a cast iron skillet and super-hot oven to recreate the crispy crust. First, layer the spicy sausage rounds, then pour the creamy mozzarella and tangy marinara.
14. Indiana – Breaded Pork Tenderloin Sandwich. You can’t go around the Midwest without trying this famous sandwich. First, marinate the tenderloin in spiced buttermilk and apply breading. Then, fry it until it is crispy and golden brown. You can add lettuce, pickles, tomatoes, mayo and mustard to enhance the flavor. Pinterest
15. Iowa – Grilled Sweet Corn on the Cob. This fab dish is so easy to make and it makes the perfect side for any barbecue you’re having. Native Iowa corn is naturally sweet and flavorful, all you need to do is grill it, then brush with salted garlic butter. Yummy!
16. Kansas – Kansas City-Style Ribs. You’ll be glad you’re still in Kansas when you taste these tender ribs with spicy rub. While cooking, make sure you baste the rib and flip them every half hour. Then, finish it off with an epic 15-ingredient barbecue sauce. Pinterest
17. Kentucky – Kentucky Hot Browns. No Derby party is complete without these roasted turkey sandwiches. Simply top the sandwich with bacon and Mornay sauce. Then, bake the bread until it is crispy and the cheese turns brown.
18. Louisiana – Shrimp Gumbo. This classic Cajun stew shows off the bright, spicy flavors of Louisiana. To achieve an authentic Cajun-style gumbo, be sure to add celery, onions, and green peppers for flavor and thickness to the shrimp and sausage stew. Then, serve on top of the white rice to complete this delectable dish. Pinterest
19. Maine – Lobster roll. This delicious lobster roll will only take you roughly a half hour to make. All you have to do is cook one and a half pound lobster, mayonnaise, butter, and a frankfurter roll or a hot dog bun with the sides cut off. With just one bite, your taste buds won’t ever be the same again.
20. Maryland – Old Bay Steamed Blue Crabs. Smother these meaty Chesapeake Bay blue crabs with Old Bay seasoning and steam them. Locals would suggest that you use lots of spice mix and only meaty male crabs (also known as “Jimmies”). You can have this ready in an hour! Pinterest
21. Massachusetts – Clam chowder. This creamy, milk-based chowder is the perfect soup to serve during the holidays. Be sure to add plenty of potatoes, bacon for salty taste, and fresh clams. It’s so easy to make and you can make it more delicious if you serve it with sourdough bread.
22. Michigan – Meat hand pie. These delightful D-shaped beef and veggies pies started off when Cornish miners migrated in the 1800s. Over time, the Finnish miners that came after them adopted these meat hand pies because they’re so easy to bring during those long, hard days of digging in the mines. Now, you can enjoy them in the comfort of your home. Pinterest
23. Minnesota – Tater tot casserole. This hotdish is a popular among Minnesotans, especially at big gatherings. It is easy to cook and works best when you need something to bring at potlucks, family reunions or church meetings. You’ll enjoy its combination of cream mushroom soup, green beans, corn, and beef.
24. Mississippi – Mississippi Mud Pie. You’ll definitely enjoy its rich and thick chocolate filling that sits on top of a cookie crust. You’ll need to use chocolate graham crackers, melted butter, and sugar to make the crust. Enjoy! Pinterest
25. Missouri – Fried Ravioli. This popular appetizer from St. Louis, Missouri is breaded and deep-fried until it becomes crispy golden brown. You can save time by breading them a few days in advance and store them in the fridge until you need them. Your friends and family will definitely be happy!
26. Montana – Huckleberry Pie. These small, round, purple fruits are plentiful in the Pacific Northwest. So, when it’s summertime, locals are known to whip up huckleberry pies for their guests. You can use tapioca to thicken the pie filling and citrus zest juice to even out the berries’ sweet taste. Pinterest
27. Nebraska – Handheld meat pies. If you need to make a quick lunch or add something for potluck, these palm-sized meat pies will do the trick. Brown beef and chopped veggies are enclosed in dough pockets. That’s why they’re so easy to bring along with you. Just make them ahead of time and heat them up.
28. Nevada – All-you-can-eat buffet. Although it has no official dish, Las Vegas is home to many of eat-all-you-can buffets. I found a list of buffets in Las Vegas you can check out here. Pinterest
29. New Hampshire – New England boiled dinner. This meal can take you a few hours to make because it is cooked slowly. But it will only take you less than an hour to prepare. Once done, you can plate the tender and moist corned beef meat with a variety of veggies that have been stewed in tasty beef broth.
30. New Jersey – Pork Roll Sandwich with Egg and Cheese. This sandwich may not look very appealing at first, but once you taste it, you may change your mind. If you want to make an authentic Jersey breakfast, cook the pork roll (which looks like Spam) for several minutes, then put it on a toasted bun. Include a boiled egg that is smothered in melted cheese before topping it off with the other bun. And you’re done! It’ll take you about 20 minutes tops. Pinterest
31. New Mexico – Green Chile Cheeseburger. Chile pepper is NM’s state veggie. That’s why it’s included in the famous Green Chile Cheeseburger. They are known for a relish of mixed chiles and a hearty serving of melted cheese. Be still, my heart!
32. New York – Buffalo wings. If you want to take a healthier route, you can try the baked version of this dish. They’re very easy to make and you’ll love its balanced taste of sweet and spicy goodness. It may take you less than an hour to make six servings. Pinterest
33. North Carolina – Pulled pork BBQ sandwich. Folks from North Carolina would suggest that you prepare a vinegar-based sauce along with the pulled pork. The tangier it is, the better. You can also use sugar and honey to even out the taste and crushed red pepper to spice it up.
34. North Dakota – Lefse potato crepes. People in North Dakota absolutely love their Norwegian potato crepes, especially during the cold winter months. Cook the thin flatbeds in a skillet until it turns lightly brown. Spread them with sugar and butter. Then, roll them into a thin tube. You can make up to 30 crepes from just one recipe. Pinterest
35. Ohio – Buckeyes. These peanut butter and chocolate balls are named after the state’s famous tree. They’re so simple to make. You don’t have to bake them. All you have to do is dip these peanut butter and sugar balls in melted chocolate after they’ve frozen and refreeze them again. It’s that easy.
36. Oklahoma – Crispy cornmeal okra. You might get turned off by okra’s slimy texture, but when you fry them, you may change your mind. Once these bad boys are cooked to golden brown perfection, dip them in chipotle sour cream sauce for a surprise twist. Pinterest
37. Oregon – Marionberry pie. I’ve never met anyone who hated eating pies. You can get the best of juicy fruit goodness and nutty crust with each bite. These marionberries turn reddish once cooked inside a sweet crumbed-topped pie to balance the berries tarty flavor.
38. Pennsylvania – Philly Cheese Steak. It’s hard to separate Philadelphia from its famous cheese stake. This sandwich contains melted cheese, chopped steak, the occasional onions and peppers. My stomach grumbles by just thinking about it. Pinterest
39. Rhode Island – Frozen lemonade. While this may not be a meal, you can also enjoy this for dessert, especial during those hot summer months. This frozen lemonade tastes sweet with a hint of lemon rind. You have the option not to use a spoon and just squeeze it in your mouth until it melts. It’s more fun that way!
40. South Carolina – Shrimp and grits. Shrimp is a personal favorite no matter how it is served. But this heavenly treat in South Carolina takes the win. This dish gets its salty taste and varied flavors from a mix of bacon, garlic, and lemon juice. Pinterest
41. South Dakota – Chislic. This unique treat is a cubed red meat that’s salted and deep-fried. You can choose lamb, deer, or whatever you prefer. For lamb, you can marinate it with Worcestershire sauce and chili powder before frying it. Don’t forget to use toothpicks so you can dip it in garlic salt and hot sauce with saltine cracker sides.
42. Tennessee – Memphis Dry-Rub Ribs. To cook these dry rub ribs in true Tennessee style, don’t slather sauce on them before smoking. You need to apply these ribs with a rub that has cayenne, paprika, mustard powder, coriander, among others. Make sure you marinate the ribs overnight and cook them until they have a rich, dark crust. Pinterest
43. Texas – Texas brisket. You can find lots of BBQs in Texas, but the Texas brisket is the one that rules them all. You need to coat it with yellow mustard and a spicy rub first. Then, smoke that bad boy for nine hours. It’s well worth the wait as you’ll enjoy its flavorful beef brisket meat.
44. Utah – Cheesy potato casserole. Despite its morbid-sounding moniker (funeral potatoes), this potato casserole is always a hit when served during those not so happy times. It’s hard to get depressed by this dish of garlic, onions, and cream topped with melted cheese and crunchy cornflakes. You’ll be instantly hooked by its crispy topping and creamy flavor. Pinterest
45. Vermont – Cheddar cheese apple pie. This yummy pie gives you the best of cheddar cheese and sweet-tart apples. You can use different colored cheeses to enhance its flavors. Also, a slice of cheese on the side or shredded cheddar to the top of the pie adds a savory taste.
46. Virginia – Virginia ham biscuits. This country ham is cured to salty perfection and makes a delicious partner for Southern-styled biscuits. It will take you roughly 35 minutes to make. Pinterest
47. Washington – Cedar-Planked Salmon. There is something really wonderful about a smoky flavored grilled seafood. Salmon has the right amount of natural fat that makes it moist and flaky when you prepare it for grilling.
49. Wisconsin – Bratwurst Stewed with Sauerkraut. Wisconsin is best known for its ground meat sausages that are pan-fried or grilled. They are best served with tangy sauerkraut on a baguette.
50. Wyoming – Chicken fried steak. This fantastic dish from Wyoming can be done in an hour. All you have to do is to tenderize and dredge the chicken in an egg mixture and flour. Then, fry in it a pan until it has a crispy and breaded texture. You can also serve it with a cream gravy for added goodness. Pinterest
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