Holiday dishes Iowans grew up with (and don't you dare make fun of them)
There are some consistencies when it comes to Midwestern foods that feed into our hearty appetites (and subsequent heartburn).
They're decadent, but not expensive. They're creamy, but not showy. They're shareable, but still filling.
We understand the value of a dollar and if that means we're slopping together Jell-O and pretzels, by god, it's going to happen.
Below are some of the most Midwest holiday dishes (OK, sometimes they cross over with our neighbors in the south).
And they're certainly not approved for any diets.
Also known as a pickle roll-up. Also known as a pickle, smothered in cream cheese, wrapped like a little baby in pastrami or ham.
Pickle wraps are Midwestern culture at its finest. Meat, cheese and a little unexpected tang.
If you want this recipe on steroids, check out Pickle Dawgs at the Iowa State Fair where this beautiful concoction is battered and deep fried.