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American breakfast can be whatever you make of it. It can be the leftover pizza you pop in the microwave in the morning, a slice of last night’s birthday cake or a traditional recipe you learned from grandma. However, some foods and flavors are undoubtedly tied to the corner of the country where they originated or gained widespread popularity. With these recipes, you can make regional favorites at home.
It may not sound all that appetizing, but fried mush is just one of those dishes Midwesterners always have on their breakfast table. To try it yourself, boil cornmeal in water and milk, fry it and serve with sweet maple syrup.
Courtesy of Simply Healthyish Recipes
Longing for a great NYC bagel? Make your own simplified kind at home with just a cup of flour, Greek yogurt and some garlic salt.
But to have an East Coast feel, bagels, like the holes in their center, aren’t even necessary. Instead, skip the dough and go for a seven-layer bagel and lox dip made of everything bagel seasoning, whipped cream cheese, hummus and more.
Courtesy of Pillsbury
Pick your favorite apple variety and sneak in your doctor-recommended apple-a-day. This classic Midwestern coffee cake recipe, created by Susan Porubcan of Wisconsin, won the Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest in 1984.
Courtesy of Nestlé
A New England staple, johnny cakes are like pancakes but made of cornmeal. For an unexpected twist on the traditional pancake, this recipe calls a cup of finely chopped apple.
There is always room for shrimp and grits on a Southern breakfast table. This recipe comes from famous chef Art Smith's Atlanta restaurant, Southern Art. It features plenty of butter, chopped sausage and scallions amongst the grits and shrimp.
A New England diner star, red flannel hash gets its name from its bright red beets. Toss in your vegetable scraps and last night’s dinner potatoes, then top it all with runny poached eggs.
As anyone who has tasted it before can attest, chicken and waffles make for one unexpected but extraordinary pair. Equal parts sweet and buttery, this recipe shrinks the Southern classic into bite-sized bits.
Courtesy of Perdue
Whether known as a breakfast burrito or breakfast wrap, these rolled up Southwestern staples are ideal for grab-and-go morning grub or a lazy breakfast-in-bed. This recipe replaces the burrito tortilla with a pancake for a nontraditional twist.
Bake eggs and chopped lobster into this East Coast quiche for a breakfast of champions.
Courtesy of the National Pork Board
There are more than a dozen ways to cook the perfect ham. Luckily, this hands-off Southern recipe leaves most of the work up to the slow-cooker.
Quinoa bowls won over the West Coast as a trend of the 2010s. This take on the healthy dish fuses it with a classic breakfast burrito for double the Pacific coast goodness.
This easy and cheesy hash brown casserole closes our list of regional breakfast foods. Luckily, it’s baked to gooey perfection — no at-home frying required. Just prepare it the night before and pop it in the oven the next morning. If this sort of cooking seems about your speed, try more easy casserole dishes for breakfast, dinner and everything in between.
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