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19 Foods That Minnesotans Do Better Than Anyone Else

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5. Walleye

The walleye is Minnesota's state fish and prominent among the state's thousands of freshwater lakes. It is eaten battered, fried, smoked, on sandwiches, on sticks, and generally just as much as possible.

6. Fry Bread

Frybread is a traditional Navajo and Ojibwe dish comprised simply of a flat dough fried in oil, shortening, or lard. It can be eaten like a taco with beef, or served sweet with honey or sugar.

7. Juicy Lucy

The Juicy Lucy is a burger invented by one of two South Minneapolis restaurants: Matt's Bar or the 5-8 Club. Both claim responsibility for coming up with the very good idea to cook cheese right into the burger.


9. Iron Range Porketta

Porchetta is a traditional Italian dish, but Iron Range Porketta (made and available in northern Minnesota) is distinct breed, flavored with fennel and garlic and typically served as a sandwich.

10. Deep Fried Cheese Curds

While it's true that much of the cheese Minnesotans eat in curd form comes from our cheesehead neighbors to the east, it's at the Minnesota State Fair that the deep-fried variety really shines.

12. Bundt Cake

You have Minnesotan H. David Dalquist to thank for the distinctive shape of the Bundt cake as we know it today — his St. Louis Park company Nordic Ware first produced them in 1950.

13. Pasties

A pasty (which is thought to have been brought to Minnesota by residents of the English county of Cornwall and adopted by Finnish immigrants working in the Iron Range mines) is a baked pastry filled with meat and vegetables.


16. Jello Salad

Jello salad isn't exclusive to Minnesota, but it is (usually) what people in Minnesota mean when they say they'll bring "the salad" to your neighborhood potluck. Obviously, the best varieties include marshmallows.

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