There’s nothing like going home for the holidays — and is there any cozier place in the United States than the Midwest? It is the country’s heartland, after all, filled with holiday celebrations that would make even Norman Rockwell feel nostalgic. The coziness of the region means that Midwestern cooking is comfort and convenience all rolled into one delicious package, and these 15 Midwestern-inspired Christmas recipes prove it.
Potato skins satisfy all your savory cravings: They’re salty, cheesy, creamy and crunchy. This elevated twist on a bar food classic adds some holiday elegance.
No holiday celebration in the Midwest is complete without plenty of beer. Whether you’re drinking Great Lakes Christmas Ale, Bell's Christmas Ale, Thirsty Dog's 12 Dogs of Christmas or another delicious craft beer, you know these rich, spiced ales are the quickest way to warm up at any holiday party.
Is it below freezing? Yes. Is it snowing? Probably. Are all the men in your family bundled outside on the deck grilling steaks for Christmas Eve dinner, regardless of the weather? You betcha.
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A beautiful cut of beef doesn’t need much to make for an elegant meal. Just a few simple seasonings help this prime rib along.
A tender pork roast is all you need for a special holiday dinner. With a lovely array of fresh herbs, this recipe is as simple as it is sensational.
Two Midwestern favorites, sauerkraut and potato gratin, join together in this hearty dish. With plenty of cream and butter, there’s a lot to love here.
Potatoes are the recurring theme of Midwestern Christmas sides, and that means mashed potatoes are essential for the holidays. Chicken stock, sour cream, cheddar cheese and bacon breathe new life into a standard dish.
For the Loaded Mashed Potatoes recipe, click here.
Why choose between baked potatoes, mashed potatoes, cheesy potatoes and meaty potatoes when you can have them all in one dish? Twice-baked potatoes require a little more effort to prepare, but it all pays off in the end.
If you don’t cook your vegetables with cheese and/or cream, can you really even call yourself a Midwesterner? An additional surprise ingredient gives this dish a satisfying crunch.
A Central European influence across the Midwest means that certain traditional desserts, like these Linzer cookies, which trace their roots to Austria, are a mainstay on the holiday table.
No friendly Midwesterner would let a Christmas guest leave empty-handed. Peppermint bark is the perfect confection to send your guests off with this holiday season. And if you want to be a truly friendly host, also send your guests off with the best holiday cookies.
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