Best Vintage Midwestern Recipes

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Chicken Pot Pie

The hearty dish conjures images of quiet Sundays at home with the whole family around the dinner table, smelling that newly made savory pie. 

 This beef and potato dish uses chicken stock and half-and-half instead of heavy cream, but it still has bacon and cheddar for that rich, satisfying flavor that will make you ask for seconds—politely, of course.

Baked Potato Soup

Cheese Fries

Cheese fries are the quintessential county fair or July ball game food. 

Missouri, Nebraska, and South Dakota are top beef-producing states, and people have long perfected burgers.

A1 Swiss Burger

Beer Can Chicken

When grillers discovered that a full can of beer might keep meat from drying out, backyard cookouts improved.

In the fall, apple pickers search for the best brand for their pies. Midwesterners enjoy apple pie year-round. 

Apple Pie

Smoky Ribs with Peach BBQ Sauce

It's lavish elsewhere. Peach BBQ sauce is a summer staple, and this recipe calls for bourbon, making it the perfect Kentucky-inspired dish.

Midwest breakfast is more than just fruit and coffee. This waffle with ham and egg tastes like Denny's "Slam" but has fewer calories. 

Waffles with Ham and Egg

Spaghetti and Turkey Meatballs

Spaghetti and meatballs are a Sunday night staple, but this recipe uses turkey meatballs instead of beef, reducing the calories. 

Pickled relish, a poppy seed bun, pickle spears, mustard, and onion are added to a real one. 

Chicago Hot Dog

Pumpkin Marinara Flatbread

Pumpkin adds nutrition to marinara, and thin artisan crusts can be created or bought to save time.

This custard-like pie may be made into bars and flavored with fruits like cherries, making you wish you lived in South Dakota.

Cherry Pie Kuchen Bars

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