Iowa has some serious merit when it comes to food. Not only do we grow a lot of it, but we know how to cook it, too. From our famous Iowa pork, to our home-cooked pies, you can be sure you’ve enjoyed any number of these 11 classic foods in Iowa:
1. Pork tenderloins
We all know that if Iowa had a state food, it would be the pork tenderloin. There is nothing quite like an Iowa pork tenderloin, crispy and breaded to perfection. You can't find them like this anywhere else but Iowa!
2. Maid Rites
Another tried-and-true Iowa classic is the Maid Rite, a loose meat sandwich that was first created in Iowa. Maid Rites are a staple in any true Iowan's diet.
3. Steak de Burgo
Steak de Burgo is a Midwest specialty, specific to the Des Moines area. You won't see too much of this dish outside of Iowa - but boy is it good.
4. Sweet corn
If you've ever had Iowa sweet corn, any other sweet corn you eat from then on tastes like plastic in comparison. Delicious and buttery Iowa sweet corn is like heaven on a cob.
5. Iowa Chops
These delicious hunks of Iowa pork are the very epitome of our state. You can't beat an Iowa Chop for texture and flavor.
6. Taco pizza
Taco pizza is just one of the many delicious foods born in Iowa. The first taco pizza was served by Happy Joe's, and since then, it's become a classic which has been re-created by countless pizzamakers - though Happy Joe's still does it best.
7. Breakfast pizza
Another food invention born in Iowa is the breakfast pizza, most notably, the Casey's breakfast pizza. Once you've had it, you'll keep coming back for more.
8. Rhubarb pie
Probably the most Iowan pie out there, rhubarb could pretty much be the official pie of Iowa. The best ones are made with rhubarb fresh out of the garden!
9. Puppy chow
Mention making a batch of puppy chow to someone from out of state and you'll get a weird, semi-disgusted look. Mention it to an Iowan and they will instantly ask you to share.
Scotcharoos are another Iowa favorite, and you can find these at any sort of event - from a school bake sale to a family reunion.
11. Morel mushrooms
A delicacy in Iowa, morel mushrooms are hunted - and anyone lucky enough to find a good batch will take them home and fry them up for a delicious Iowa-style treat.
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