If you call the Midwest home, you know the drill. The same foods that were brought over from your European ancestors generations ago, such as Swedish meatballs and Linzer cookies, are still staples on your holiday table. Second only to these Christmas traditions is convenience — so you know that simple party classics like pigs in a blanket, tater tot casserole, and cheesy broccoli casserole with a cereal topping are a must-have for the holidays.
If there’s one thing Midwesterners love, it’s beer. If there’s a second thing they love, it’s cheese. This easy dip combines those very two things to make for a very merry Christmas spread.
Potato skins satisfy all your savory cravings: They’re salty, cheesy, creamy, and crunchy. These elevated potato skins add some holiday elegance thanks to cremini mushrooms, Brie cheese, fresh thyme, and prosciutto.
Carried over from Scandinavian ancestors, Swedish meatballs are a delicious, creamy, and hearty food fit for any holiday party. Whether you serve them as a main course or an appetizer, they’re sure to earn raves from your guests.
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 beautiful pork roast is all you need for a special holiday meal. With a lovely array of fresh herbs, this recipe is as simple as it is sensational.
A lasagna is a must-have for a holiday gathering, but not everyone has the time to prepare this dish all day. This easy, cheesy lasagna will be on the table in under 80 minutes, a true Christmas miracle.
A rack of lamb is such a special thing to prepare, but it’s also so simple. Fresh herbs and a pinch of lemon zest give this hearty meat a beautiful brightness that’s perfect for a holiday table.
If your vegetables aren’t cooked with cheese and cream, I don’t know how you can even call yourself a Midwesterner. A surprising ingredient gives this dish a satisfying crunch.
This comforting casserole includes a few Midwestern staples: convenience products, chili, and lots of heft. You won’t find this delicious side on any other region’s holiday table, but it is a true delight.
Jeremy E. Nolen
Two Midwestern favorites, sauerkraut and potato gratin, join together in this side dish. With plenty of cream and butter, there is nothing wrong with this dish.
A Central European influence across the Midwest means that certain traditions, like these Linzer cookies, are a mainstay on the holiday table.
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Baklava is a special treat that is often only made for the holidays. Once again tapping into the Midwest’s European roots, families across the region will make this dessert for a standout holiday party.
A good Midwestern host knows that you should put forward little touches to make your party stand out. Making your own eggnog instead of buying the premade stuff is an easy (and boozy) way to put forth some extra effort in your holiday entertaining.
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.
If these dishes haven’t satisfied your need for regional Christmas cuisine, check out 15 things Southerners eat on Christmas.