Enjoy Minnesota recipes and traditional foods from a variety of Minnesota cultures. Food evokes incredibly strong memories and feelings. Food not only nourishes the body, it also comforts the spirit and helps create a sense of community.
Eating is a very intimate way of connecting with people; you sit across a table from each other and share your food. Whether in a home or restaurant, sharing a meal is an act of community and cooking is an act of love.
Minnesota food traditions have been passed down through the generations in every culture.
Feel free to add recipes for your favorite dishes in the form at the bottom of the page.
Minnesota Hot Dish Recipes: The Minnesota hot dish, known as a casserole to most of the rest of the country, is a Minnesota staple. We have several versions of this classic Minnesota recipe.
Rhubarb Recipes: After a long winter, many Minnesotans eagerly look for the first tender shoots of rhubarb that appear in the garden. This tart and tasty perennial is the basic ingredient for many of our favotite Minnesota recipes.
Spam Recipes: SPAM is made in Austin, Minnesota. The Hormel Company created SPAM in 1937 as a way to provide a high protein meal for American troops. It is still popular world-wide. You can visit the Spam Museum in Austin, MN.
Many of Minnesota's State Symbols are foods. I thought it would be fun to include a few recipes featuring the foods that are so much a part of the Minnesota experience that they have received an "official" designation.
I spent many years of my childhood in Northern Minnesota both on, and near, several reservations. Indian fry bread, wild rice, wild game and fish, berries and other native staples are still a favorite part of our family's diet.
Many favorite Minnesota recipes include seasonal foods, the fish caught in our lakes, and the wild rice, wild berries and other "free harvests."
Minnesota cooks, including the chefs in Minnesota restaurants, love to feature locally grown and traditional foods.
Farmers markets, and small farms that sell their own homegrown foods, can be found throughout the state.
Minnesota food traditions are complex and multi-ethnic. We have an interesting history of food and a reputation for wonderful cooking.
I learned the art of tapping maples, and making maple syrup, in the "sugar bush" near Cass Lake when I was young.
Here are some of our favorite Maple Syrup Recipes
There are many places in our state that offer field trips and classes about making maple syrup.
My husband's family is "Minnesota Scandinavian" with deep roots in, and connections to, both Norway and Sweden. When we married, I began to enjoy, and learn to make, many of the traditional recipes that are so widely appreciated in Minnesota.
Lutefisk and lefse are the two items that immediately come to mind when most people think of Scandinavian cooking, so we will start with those. A third traditional Scandinavian treat are lingonberries and you will also find some recipes for those.
A wonderful place to find recipes from Minnesota cooks is in the church cookbooks produced by so many congregations. Our church created one a few years ago as a fund-raiser for a missions trip. The recipes bring back memories of wonderful church potlucks and picnics as well as of the people who shared their favorite recipes.
Check out thrift stores and garage sales to find copies of church cookbooks. Ask members of congregations if their church has created a cookbook. You will find some real treasures!
We are sharing the recipes that are part of our heritage and history. Every family has recipes that are familiar to them but may be new to others. Minnesota cooking has become more wonderfully diverse as has our population. We would love to reflect that tasty complexity on our Minnesota recipes pages. Share yours!
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