North Dakota has some staple foods that pretty much any North Dakotan has had at least once, if not a hundred times, in their lifetime. A lot of them are German or Norwegian based foods since most of North Dakota’s population stems from both German and Scandinavian immigrants settling the state and passing their family recipes down generation after generation. And of course, some of them are just classics that pretty much everyone loves.
Be warned: reading this list might cause extreme cravings and hunger for some delicious, home-cooked meals. Proceed with caution!
When I first moved to North Dakota this was the one dish I heard about the most, and when I tried it I understood why - this stuff is just downright delicious! I don't think you can be a true North Dakotan without having had this at least once.
Whether you like it grilled or fried or fresh from the lake - walleye is by far the fish of choice in North Dakota. Not only that, but the "walleye capitol" of the nation is in the state, in Garrison, ND.
This Russian-German meat-filled pastry can probably bring back fond memories for a lot of native North Dakotans - memories of visiting grandparents while growing up and eating these scrumptious treats.
This is pretty much "the" dish of the midwest, and North Dakota definitely falls right in to that category. This meal works for any occasion and is delicious to boot!
Yum! Who doesn't love some lefse during the holidays? This Scandinavian food looks simple but trust me, it's amazing.
6. Hot Beef Sandwich
Also can be hot turkey sandwich - this gravy-covered dish always hits the spot. It's just the perfect combination of bread, hot meat, mashed potatoes, and a generous amount of gravy... maybe a bit too generous. What am I saying? You can never have too much gravy!
Goulash is a more Scandinavian-based meal and a go-to for, well, any time! Who ever said macaroni noodles could only be paired with cheese?
The topping of all toppings, the side of all sides, the "can be put in or on pretty much anything" food - sauerkraut. It's not just good on a hot dog or as a side for sausage - you can even make sauerkraut knoephla. Although fermented cabbage isn't everyone's cup of tea, it certainly is one of North Dakota's favorites!
9. Cheese Buttons (a.k.a. Kase Knephla)
Now these will make your mouth water by just looking at them if you've ever had them before. They are that kind of food where you can never have just one. They're just too good!
"Kuchen" in German is just a general world for cake, but here it is very specific - you can get it in apple, apricot, blueberry, cherry, chocolate chip, peach, rhubarb - too many types to name. It's the ultimate North Dakota comfort food. This delicious fruit kuchen was featured on the Germans from Russia Foodways and Traditions Facebook page, which is pretty much the ultimate North Dakota foods page. If you need more reasons to be hungry for some good German-heritage ND foods right now then check out their page. Tons of recipes, too!
Are you drooling yet? I know I am! What are your favorite foods to eat in North Dakota?