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15 Things Midwesterners Eat on Christmas

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15 Things Midwesterners Eat on Christmas

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.

Beer Cheese Dip

Mellissa Sevigny

Beer Cheese Dip

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.

For the Beer Cheese Dip recipe, click here.

Pigs in a Blanket

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Pigs in a Blanket

Convenience products like frozen puff pastry are a lifesaver for the holiday season. The iconic pig in a blanket is the easiest appetizer in the world to make, and it’s always a crowd-pleaser.

For the Pigs in a Blanket recipe, click here.

Potato Skins

Guy Fieri

Potato Skins

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.

For Guy Fieri’s Elevated Potato Skins recipe, click here.

Swedish Meatballs With Cream Sauce

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Swedish Meatballs With Cream Sauce

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.

For the Swedish Meatballs With Cream Sauce recipe, click here.

Classic Prime Rib

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Classic Prime Rib

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.

For the Classic Prime Rib recipe, click here.

Herb-Crusted Pork Roast

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Herb-Crusted Pork Roast

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.

For the Herb-Crusted Pork Roast recipe, click here.

Lasagna

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Lasagna

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.

For the Lovely Lasagna recipe, click here.

Rack of Lamb With Garden Gremolata

Valerie Rice

Rack of Lamb With Garden Gremolata

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.

For the Rack of Lamb With Garden Gremolata recipe, click here.

Cheesy Broccoli Bake

Kellogg's

Cheesy Broccoli Bake

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.

For the Cheesy Broccoli Bake recipe, click here.

Chili Cheese Tater Tot Casserole

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Chili Cheese Tater Tot Casserole

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.

For the Chili Cheese Tater Tot Casserole recipe, click here.

Potato and Sauerkraut Gratin

Jeremy E. Nolen

Potato and Sauerkraut Gratin

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.

For the Potato and Sauerkraut Gratin recipe, click here.

Linzer Cookies

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Linzer Cookies

A Central European influence across the Midwest means that certain traditions, like these Linzer cookies, are a mainstay on the holiday table.

For Wolfgang Puck’s Linzer Cookies recipe, click here.

Sticky Pistachio Cinnamon Baklava

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Sticky Pistachio Cinnamon Baklava

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.

For the Sticky Pistachio Cinnamon Baklava recipe, click here.

Spiked Eggnog

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Spiked Eggnog

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.

For the Spiked Eggnog recipe, click here.

Swirled Peppermint Bark

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Swirled Peppermint Bark

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.

For the Swirled Peppermint Bark recipe, click here.

If these dishes haven’t satisfied your need for regional Christmas cuisine, check out 15 things Southerners eat on Christmas.

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