15 Old-School Midwestern Recipes Your Grandma Used to Make

15 Old-School Midwestern Recipes Your Grandma Used to Make

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Midwestern food might hold a certain reputation—there are only so many casseroles (and brown food) one can eat. But if you were lucky enough to grow up with a Midwestern grammy, you also know the joys of homemade meatloaf, sauerkraut and decadent beer cheese soup. Lucky for you, we’ve rounded up 18 old-school Midwestern recipes so you can recreate the Great Plains at home.

Erin McDowell

1. Mini Bacon-Wrapped Meatloaf

Sure, Gram might have frosted her meatloaf in the more traditional ketchup glaze. But it’s 2019, and you can step it up a notch.

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Damn Delicious

2. Homemade Tater Tots

If you grew up in the heartland, you know it’s tots over fries any time.

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Ambitious Kitchen

3. Deep Dish Pizza

Is it pizza or is it a casserole? Who cares? It’s delicious.

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4. The Best Potatoes au Gratin Ever

The secret to making a Midwestern heart swoon is a heavy dose of potatoes and bubbling cheese.

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Pinch of Yum

5. Beer Cheese Soup with Soft Pretzels

It’s velvety smooth with just a touch of spice (and don’t worry, there are some veggies in there). But who are we kidding? The name speaks for itself.

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Yellow Bliss Road

6. Instant Pot Skyline Chili

If you grew up on Cincinnati-style chili, all others pale in comparison. It’s that hint of sweetness that gives it a certain je ne sais quoi. (Psst: It’s cinnamon.)

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Half Baked Harvest

7. Five-Ingredient Buckeyes

They made an appearance at every tailgate and Christmas cookie exchange, because peanut butter and chocolate is never a bad idea.

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How Sweet Eats

8. Veggie Supreme Detroit-Style Pizza

If you’re not team deep-dish, maybe you’re team Detroit: crispy-cheesy edges, a pillowy-soft inside and the sauce on top, of course.

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Spoon Fork Bacon

9. Pork Tenderloin Sandwich

It’s just like going to Culver’s—but don’t forget the bread-and-butter pickles.

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Feed Me Phoebe

10. Homemade Spicy Sauerkraut

The process is simple, but it’ll be a few days before you can enjoy your kraut. Serve it with grilled brats and spicy mustard to make it worth the wait.

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Dinner at the Zoo

11. Toasted Ravioli

If you grew up around St. Louis, you’ll recognize the singular dish that is fried, cheese-filled pasta. 

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Mom on Timeout

12. Tuna Noodle Casserole

Visiting Grandma meant this casserole was always on the menu…or any casserole, for that matter.

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Foodie Crush

13. Reuben Sandwich

Rumor has it, the Reuben actually holds its origins in Omaha, Nebraska. As long as it’s corned beef (not pastrami), we’ll eat it.

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Pinch of Yum

14. Tater Tot Hotdish

Everyone knows a hotdish (er—casserole, for the uninitiated) deserves a tater tot topping.

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Foodie Crush

15. Hot German Potato Salad

Aka our personal favorite at every childhood potluck.

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