Summertime is right around the corner, and you know what that means… family reunions. Even better, family reunion food. No matter whose family reunion you go to in Iowa, you will always see these same 13 classic dishes. And who’s complaining? They’re all delicious!
1. Iowa family reunion described in one plate
Pork chops, sweet corn, and coleslaw. Are we in heaven? No, just Iowa.
2. Cheesy potato casserole
Casseroles are what we Iowans refer to as 'hot dishes,' and they're a staple at any reunion.
3. Deviled eggs
Good luck not seeing these at a family reunion, they are a must for any get-together.
4. Creamed corn casserole
Do we care that it's 90 degrees outside? No. Bring on the hot casseroles.
5. Potato salad
Potato salads are a classic that you will not miss at a family reunion.
6. Egg salad
A versatile dish, egg salad can be eaten plain or as a sandwich. Either way it's delicious.
7. Green bean casserole
A good way to get your dose of vegetables in during the buffet of sweets and meats that are family reunions.
8. Walking taco
Walking taco bar? You bet. This dish has been an Iowa favorite since it was created at the Iowa State Fair. Your welcome America.
A classic, easy meat dish for any reunion. Iowa is one of the only places that breads and fries their tenderloins. Guess we're just more fun.
11. Nameless fruit and marshmallow salad
Infamously referred to as "fluff," this nameless but delicious dessert your grandma brings is always a hit at the family reunions.
11. Loose meat sandwich
Loose meat sandwiches, or, Maid Rites, are another easy classic that you will often see your dad and uncle cooking up at the reunion.
If your mouth waters at the mention of scotcheroos, you are definitely Iowan. These heavenly treats have a VIP place on the family reunion buffet table.
Don't expect to see any other salad dressing at a family reunion in Iowa. It would practically be breach of Iowan code. It's either ranch, or ranch.
What are some of your guys’ favorite dishes from family reunions? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!