You Might Be Surprised by Your State's Most Popular Food
Alabama: Pound Cake
The Southern-grandma-favorite pound cake recipe includes flour, butter, sugar, and eggs. This Vanilla-Sparkling Wine Pound Cake ups the ante with a scoop of sour cream in the batter for extra richness, plus a light and fizzy glaze.
Alaska: Survival Bread
Survival bread, or any loaf you can make with pantry items that can live through nearly any condition (flour, water, oil, powdered/dehydrated dairy products), is a must to make it through the coldest Alaskan winters. Since it doesn’t require any milk or butter, this versatile Pita Flatbread fits the bill.
Living just north of the Mexican border, it makes sense that Arizona residents like to spice things up with chili. This Bowl 'O Red is loaded with heat by way of ground ancho chile pepper, cayenne pepper, and paprika. A bottle of beer tames a bit of the spice for the perfect flavor balance.
While the cola's home is in Atlanta, Georgia, you'll need to venture a few states west to find Arkansas, where it's searched for the most on Pinterest. We love the sweetness a cup of soda adds to the complex marinade that infuses these Chinese Coca-Cola® Wings with Asian flavors.
Fresh or dried, those on the West Coast love to get figgy with it. Try the concentrated sweetness of the dried fruit atop this Fig, Pancetta, and Goat Cheese Brunch Casserole. We promise you've never tasted a bread casserole quite like it before!
Break out your Dutch oven to make these beyond-tender Carnitas. This pork dinner recipe is the perfect way to warm up after a chilly day on Colorado’s slopes.
Italian dinner recipes are top searches in a few states, but locals from this Eastern state prefer the sweeter side of the Mediterranean. Give the rolled, stuffed cookies a go by using our Chocolate Cannoli recipe as your template.
Of course coastal inhabitants are looking for recipes that use the latest seafood catch! For a decadent dinner, try our Macaroni and Brie with Crab. Since each portion is baked in a separate ramekin, you can avoid the “why isn’t my scoop as big as theirs?!” battles.
Florida: Cake Toppers
Floridians know how to make a party sweet: with homemade baked goods! Dress up your DIY dessert with an edible Rocky Road Cake Topper that includes sugar cones, marshmallows, peanuts, and a drizzle of melted chocolate.
Georgia: Wing Recipes
Whichever team you root for—the Georgia Bulldogs, Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, or Atlanta Falcons—fuel up to cheer on your favorite football team come tailgating season with these Customizable Grilled Chicken Wings. We’re partial to the chili rub + chimichurri sauce + wasabi avocado dip equation, but you can mix and match to find your winning combination.
Matcha, a potent green tea, is having a moment. Get your antioxidant fix in an island-friendly (chilled) format via our low-calorie Matcha Smoothie.
Enjoy summer's freshest produce, even when you're in the middle of unpredictable winter weather (as Idaho often experiences) by canning your garden's best crops. Berry-Chia Seed Jam allows you to spread on, or stir in, the flavors of sweet mixed berries any day of the year.
Illinois: Wild Rice Soup
Fight the Windy City’s fiercest gusts with a bowl of slow cooker Italian Wild Rice Soup. The ground pork and wild rice give it the hearty feeling you crave, while the canned tomatoes and fresh spinach add nutrition.
Indiana: Noodle Casserole
Residents of Indiana are ready for a pasta party, apparently! Why stop at just one cut of noodles, though? Bake up some bubbly Cheesy Shell-Stuffed Shells for a double dose of comfort food.
Iowa: Chex™ Mix
You know where to find the classic Chex™ Mix recipe (psst...it’s on the cereal box!). So we suggest Iowans—and others—try this Hail Caesar Snack Mix for a twist. Pita chips, parsley, Parmesan, and Caesar dressing lend Greek flavors to this party recipe.
Kansas: Chicken Enchiladas
For the ideal blend of Midwestern comfort food (sour cream, plenty of cheese) and Tex-Mex flavors (cumin, green chili peppers), serve Creamy Chicken Enchiladas. The easy casserole recipe will be passed down from generation to generation.
Kentucky: Peanut Butter Fudge
Surprised it’s not Mint Juleps? The popularity of Peanut Butter Fudge, like our rich stovetop dessert recipe, proves that Kentucky natives are nuts about edible and sippable sweets.
Louisiana: Shrimp Pasta
It's time to highlight the Bayou's best! Spicy Shrimp Pasta allows the seafood to shine since the rest of the ingredients are simple and budget-friendly.
Legend has it that a Maine man invented the hole in the center of the donut in 1847. True or not, donuts remain the breakfast talk of many Maine towns. Whether your closest bakery is next door or miles away, Chocolate Cake Donuts will cure your cravings.
Ocean eats for the win! Maryland residents have mastered crab cakes and moved on to stellar scallops. Might we suggest Seared Scallop-Tequila Shooters? Half drink, half appetizer; this easy scallop recipe is a nice way to dip your toe into the sea of home-prepped scallops.
Massachusetts: Butternut Squash
Sweet or savory? The versatility of this hearty orange vegetable (plus its low calorie count and high vitamin level) help to make it Massachusetts' most-searched food. Butternut Squash Maple Bacon Casserole strikes the perfect middle ground with a hint of sweetness from brown sugar and maple syrup, plus a surge of savory goodness from crispy bacon.
Michigan: No-Bake Cookies
Fold some dried cherries and blueberries into these Classic No-Bake Cookies for a nutty, oven-free delight that's infused with the flavors of two of Michigan's most ample fruit crops.
Minnesota: Broccoli Salad
Similar to cold-weather coleslaw, Creamy Broccoli-Bacon Salad takes advantage of the green vegetable that's at its best from October to April (or in conditions like those you'd find in Minnesota for a substantial portion of the year).
Mississippi: Chicken Spaghetti
Starting with a can of cream of mushroom soup and cubes of processed cheese, this old-fashioned Southern dinner recipe is far from "clean," but it sure is delicious. We lightened things up in our Chicken, Squash, and Parmesan Spaghetti with real Parmesan and steamed acorn squash.
Missouri: Cheesecake Dip
For parties, potlucks, and more, you'll be hard-pressed to find a simpler dessert recipe than cheesecake dip. No wonder it's #1 in Missouri! Chocolate Almond Butter Fruit Dip achieves the same creamy texture, but with more protein and fewer calories, by using Greek yogurt instead of cream cheese.
Just like walking into a diner in a small-town Montana city, your family will surely smile when they’re greeted at the breakfast table by Toasted Coconut and Chocolate Chip Scones. Studded—and topped-—with coconut, these chocolate scones are one of the sweetest ways to start the day.
Nebraska: Sloppy Joes
Cooks born in any state would be proud to serve these slow cooker All-American Sloppy Joes! The Midwestern comfort food gets an upgrade with a beer- and ketchup-based sauce.
Nevada: Cake Pops
While it’s challenging to beat the epic dessert spreads on the Las Vegas strip, you can absolutely create a showy dessert display at home. Enter the cake pop! Our Mexican Chocolate and Espresso Cake Pops are sure to wake up your taste buds with ancho chile powder in the pops and espresso powder in the frosting.
New Hampshire: Martinis
Cheers to you, Northeast! More than any other region, you’re representing cocktail culture. We’re celebrating your style with a pretty Pink Grapefruit Martini. Shake up your happy hour with gin or vodka as the signature spirit.
New Jersey: Sangria
This wine punch originated in Spain, but its stateside fame is evident—and understandable. It's the ultimate way to repurpose a bottle of vino you aren't a huge fan of on its own. Our Red Sangria sweetens the deal with orange juice, lemon-lime soda/seltzer, brandy, and fruit.
New Mexico: Empanadas
Pastry-wrapped snacks have different names depending on your geographic location. A Minnesota pasty or an Italian calzone is essentially the same concept as the Latin American empanada. A meat filling is most common, but we like to incorporate the petite pockets into dessert with this recipe for Pumpkin-Cinnamon Empanadas.
New York: Falafel
Showing off their melting pot nature, New Yorkers are falafel fiends. Snack on the Middle Eastern chickpea patties any day with this Weeknight Falafel that requires less than 40 minutes of hands-on time.
North Carolina: Banana Pudding
Bananas originally made their way to the states through the Port of New Orleans, which is why some food historians say banana pudding is a Southern dessert. Its all-around popularity (and appearance in cookbooks) proves that it's a tempting dessert recipe, regardless of your home state. Commemorate the crowd-pleaser with Banana Pudding with Shaved Dark Chocolate. Shh...we won't tell the others it's hiding tofu for extra protein if you don't!
North Dakota: Oatmeal Bars
Oatmeal-laced recipes are popular with everyone from outdoorsy types to bake sale kings and queens. And since bars trump cookies when you're in a hurry, there's more time to soak up the beautiful North Dakota scenery (or the views wherever you live) when you pop these Chewy Cherry Almond Bars in the oven.
Ohio: Peanut Butter Brownies
This one makes perfect sense. Buckeye brownies! We're wild about the artful yet easy marbled look atop these Peanut Butter Swirl Chocolate Brownies. Simply scoop peanut butter-based batter into mounds on the brownie batter, then use a knife to partially combine the two.
Oklahoma: Taco Soup
Since we're not talking about Texas, chili and chili-like recipes can contain beans. Our Easy Taco Soup combines a whole bunch of them (black-eyed peas, black beans, red kidney beans, and chili beans) in a slow cooker with ground beef, tomatoes, corn, and taco seasoning for a slow cooker meal that you can set and forget.
Fun fact: There’s a “Curry County” in Oregon. But we're guessing the residents are searching Pinterest for recipes rather than details about the county, so we’d like to offer up our Slow Cooker Indian Chicken Stew, scented with warm, vivid spices.
Pennsylvania: Peach Schnapps
Peach is beloved in more than Georgia. Add a splash of Pennsylvania’s go-to liqueur to these refreshing Ginger-Peach Bellinis to make your brunch bubbly and bright.
Rhode Island: Flower Cupcakes
Things are coming up roses in the smallest state! At least on many dessert spreads, it is. For a springy sweet, follow these simple steps to turn boxed cake mix into Fun Flower Cupcakes.
South Carolina: Red Velvet Cupcakes
While some give New York's Waldorf-Astoria credit for launching the red velvet craze, crimson cakes have history that ties back to the South, too. These Red Velvet Raspberry Cupcakes feature all of the traditional cake components, plus a splash of raspberry liqueur in the batter and the frosting.
South Dakota: Tater Tots
Tater Tots®, developed initially by Ore-Ida® (that's a mash-up of Oregon and Idaho), have become a household name to nearly everyone in the U.S. since they hit grocery store freezers more than 60 years ago. It's especially true of those who call South Dakota home. For a copycat version, save some leftover mashed potatoes from dinner tonight to make a tray of Cheesy Tots tomorrow.
Tennessee: Corn Bread
With chili, barbecue, and a variety of Southern food favorites, corn bread is a supreme side dish. And since everything is better with bacon, take a bite of Tennessee's most sought-after food via our Bacon Corn Bread recipe.
Texas: Stuffed Avocado
They say everything's bigger in Texas, including the attention avocados receive. Let the green fruit take center stage and use it as a base for 5 Ways to Top Avocado, including a breakfast twist, BLT variation, and more.
Utah: Coconut Chicken
Coconut chicken is usually fried, true, but we think Utah locals will love this baked Papaya Coconut Chicken Salad, since the state is consistently ranked as one of the top 10 healthiest in the nation.
It's tough to beat one of the coolest root vegetables of the last decade. From roasted to riced, it's showing up in a multitude of ways on Vermont dinner plates—and beyond. Get a taste with our spiralized Beet "Noodle" Salad, which looks much more complicated than it is. This 20-minute vegetarian recipe is ideal for your next dinner party!
Virginia: Smoothie Bowls
Look at you, healthy Virginians! We're going to follow your lead tomorrow morning and make these oh-so-Instagrammable Ginger-Acai Bowls with Almond-Pepita Clusters for breakfast. Take note: You're going to want to snack on the DIY pumpkin seed granola all day, so bake a double batch.
Washington: Thai Chicken
As one of the closest states to Thailand (hey, it's just a quick jaunt over the Pacific), it's reasonable that Washingtonians are buzzing about nutty chicken recipes. We're crushing on this Thai Chicken that's coated in creamy coconut milk, salty soy sauce, sweet peanut butter, and spicy sriracha.
West Virginia: Pumpkin Desserts
When the first hint of fall air blows in, we all become pumpkin fans, right? West Virginia is the only state that can claim it has the most squash supporters. As a tribute to all who appreciate the orange gourd, you can bake this drool-worthy Pumpkin Pull-Apart Loaf in any kitchen, anywhere.
Wisconsin: Puppy Chow
One puppy chow recipe isn't enough for how much we (and Wisconsinites) appreciate this snack food. If you're hungry for sweet, try our colorful sprinkle version. Or if you're salivating for something a little more salty, try the cheesy variation of our Sweet and Savory Puppy Chow recipes.
Wyoming: Energy Bites
Power even the longest hikes through Yellowstone and other national parks with a poppable, energy-packed recipe like these No-Bake Peanut Butter Oat Bites. Peanut butter, shredded coconut, dried fruit, oats, and more guarantee that you won't run out of gas before you reach the summit.