We Nebraskans have our collective perennial favorites when it comes to food. We tend to veer toward farm-fresh (or lake-fresh, or field-fresh…) whenever possible, and some combinations are just classic Nebraska. These food combinations exist in other places, sure, but I think we can all agree that they’re at their best in Nebraska.
1. Chili and cinnamon rolls.
This classic Nebraskan combination might be perplexing to outsiders at first, but get someone to taste it and they'll be singing its praises forever.
2. Spaghetti and BBQ.
Barbecue is great on its own, and who doesn't love a big plate of spaghetti? Usually this combo just involves replacing the spaghetti sauce with BBQ sauce, but if you want to go all in you can throw in some pulled pork or other barbecue meat.
3. Grilled cheese, mayo, and breading.
Cheese frenchees are nothing short of magical. Take a cheese sandwich, coat the outside with mayo and coat it in bread crumbs, then fry. And you have pure yum. It does sound a little gross at first, but tasting is believing.
4. Baby potatoes, tiny peas, and cream.
I don't know how she timed it so perfectly, but every year my grandmother would pick a small crop of baby potatoes and tender green peas and make this incredible soup. She called it, sensibly, new pea and potato soup, and it was something we all looked forward to every spring. I've heard similar tales from other Nebraskans who grew up in farming or gardening families and had access to the most tender, delicious veggies in the spring.
5. Dorothy Lynch and mayo.
Dorothy Lynch and practically anything, actually, but the classic DL + mayo combination is the perfect dip for fries, onion rings, veggies, and probably everything you want to dip.
6. Pizza and cheeseburgers.
Cheeseburgers? Delicious. Pizza? Delicious. Put them together and you have a seriously epic pizza.
7. Raw rhubarb and sugar.
Fresh rhubarb, just cut from the plant. A bowl of sugar for dipping. We'd typically run out of sugar before the stalk was gone, of course. It was a summer childhood ritual for lot of us and it's still a sweet (and sour!) nostalgic treat.
8. Ground beef, cabbage, and fresh bread.
Otherwise known as a Runza, or one of the most delicious foods on the earth.
9. Watermelon and salt.
Fresh watermelon sprinkled with a little salt sounds a bit odd, but WOW it's good. The salt brings out the sweetness in the melon for a totally delicious taste experience.
Of course everyone has their own tastes, but these food combinations are always popular with Nebraskans. What are your favorites? What would you add to the list? Let us know in the comments!