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    26 Foods All Midwesterners Grew Up With

    Which ones are the best?

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    We recently asked people from the BuzzFeed Community to share their favorite Midwestern foods. Here are their best responses:

    1. Cincinnati Chili


    A generous sprinkling of cheese is mandatory. Recipe here.

    2. Horseshoe Sandwich


    You can substitute the sirloin and sharp cheddar for your own choice of meat and cheese, but the thick Texas toast and French fries here are non-negotiables πŸ™…. Recipe here.

    3. Puppy Chow


    Some call it muddy buddies, others call it puppy chow β€” but as long as it's made with Chex, peanut butter, chocolate, and powdered sugar, no one has to be wrong. Recipe here.

    4. Gooey Butter Cake


    I mean, the name itself should make your mouth water. Recipe here.

    5. Meat and Vegetable Pasty

    β€”Mike Jahncke, Facebook

    Serve with a side of gravy or sour cream for the perfect quick meal. Recipe here.

    6. Green Bean Casserole


    If your green beans aren't drowning in cream, you're doing it wrong. Recipe here.

    7. Chicago-style Hot Dog


    Everyone knows that the correct way to make a Chicago-style hot dog is with a poppy seed bun, yellow mustard, neon green relish, chopped raw onions, ripe tomato wedges or slices, kosher dill pickle spears, sport peppers, celery salt, and for the love of God β€” ZERO KETCHUP. Get it right by making it yourself. Recipe here.

    8. Runza


    If you can't get yourself to Nebraska to the popular eponymous chain, try this recipe, made with plenty of cabbage and onion just like the original stuff. More here.

    9. Cheese Frenchee


    Some recipes use crushed cornflakes instead of Ritz, but TBH any crunchy cracker will do. Dip them in ketchup for the full Frenchee experience. Recipe here.

    10. Lefse


    Serve with a bit of butter and sugar to prove how the simplest ingredients can make the most addictive of recipes. Recipe here.

    11. Fried Cheese Curds


    Basically Wisconsin's gift to the world. Recipe here.

    12. Detroit-Style Coney Island Hot Dog


    Despite its name, this hot dog actually hails from Detroit. Recipe here.

    13. Juicy Lucy


    You'll know you stuffed the right amount of cheese into the patty if it explodes upon first bite πŸ˜†. Recipe here.

    14. Creamed Corn Casserole


    While casseroles are in every Midwestern kitchen's year-round dinner rotation, this variation is particularly popular during the holidays. Recipe here.

    15. Walking Taco


    Step 1: Cut open bag of Frito chips. Step 2: Dump taco ingredients inside. Step 3: Go for the best walk of your life πŸƒ. Recipe here.

    16. Tater Tot Casserole


    Some foods you grow out of, others you figure out how to turn into a hotdish. Recipe here.

    17. Tuna Noodle Casserole


    Canned tuna never tasted so good. Recipe here.

    18. Scotcheroos


    No potluck is complete without a serving of these. Recipe here.

    19. Buffalo Chicken Dip


    You know it's a good dip when you could do without the chips. Recipe here.

    20. Buckeyes


    Chocolate-covered peanut butter balls that look like Buckeyes and taste like happiness. Recipe here.

    21. Toasted Ravioli


    Warning: Once you try toasted ravioli, you'll never want to go back to wimpy, untoasted pasta. Recipe here.

    22. Frozen Custard


    Thick, creamy, and oh so rich, just like the best frozen custards should be. Recipe here.

    23. Pork Tenderloin Sandwich


    The perfect pork loin should be pounded and crisp but also retain some juiciness. Recipe here.

    24. Strawberry Pretzel Salad

    Our kind of salad. Recipe here.

    25. Chicago Italian Beef Sandwich


    Top with Chicago Johnny's Hot Giardiniera for a deliciously messy meal. Recipe here.

    26. Deep-dish Pizza


    Testament to the fact that where there's a will, there's a way (to stuff more cheese and bread into every pizza slice). Recipe here.

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