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.
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.
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.
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.