Kansas Food & Dining December 15, 2017
13 Kansas Staples You Should Have Tried By Now
Do you ever get a hankering for a food that’s just so
Kansas it hurts? Something your family made when you were younger, or even something you only got rarely. There’s a few food items that are just ingrained into our state’s preferences that they belong in a recipe book all together. These Kansas staples are part of our history, and our happiness.
1. Chili and cinnamon rolls
Though there are some naysayers living here who don't like the idea of these two mixing, most Kansans know just how much they belong together.
2. Chicken fried steak
Another classic meal in many states, Kansas loves their chicken fried steak. With plenty of gravy, of course. It's so beloved that you can find it at almost every restaurant.
3. Or skillet fried chicken
Fried chicken from a skillet is a delicacy everyone should experience. It's not like KFC or some other chain fried chicken, but a completely different experience you should try at least once, if not more.
Bierocks are a family favorite for many of us, and each person that makes them always does them a tad differently. For example, my family cooks the hamburger in beer to give it an extra kick of flavor before they're baked.
5. Homemade barbecue sauce
Making your own barbecue sauce can be difficult if you don't know where to start, but many restaurants in Kansas make their own, with great success. Give it a try, sometime!
6. Fresh baked pie, any kind you can get
Most of our home style restaurants serve fresh baked pie, and you're lucky if you can snag a piece before they run out for the day. If you remember to order it ahead of your meal, you've got a good chance of getting a slice!
7. Goulash/American Chop Suey
Depending on where your family's from, you'll find that this meal always consists of noodles, hamburger, and stewed tomatoes. It's a simple and quick meal that doesn't cost much for those of us who grew up with plenty of siblings.
8. Tomato sandwiches, ripe from the garden
There's nothing better than slicing your home grown tomatoes and sticking them in a white bread sandwich with either mayo or miracle whip. My preference is for the latter, but I know some who like mayo better.
9. Fresh baked bread
Bread right from the oven is a treat not many of us get often, but we love when we do. Kansans also like to change it up a bit, adding things like extra zucchini from our garden, for example.
10. Chicken and homemade noodles
Over mashed potatoes, of course. I don't think I've had it without them in my life. It just wouldn't be Kansas if I didn't have this meal every now and then.
11. Homemade vanilla ice cream
It's easy to make even if all you have are plastic bags, and the payoff for the time it takes to shake it to perfection is worth every minute. Plus, it's easy to upgrade it by adding crushed cookies or candy bars for extra flavor.
12. Fresh baked biscuits and homemade gravy
The feeling of waking up in the morning and smelling biscuits and gravy is comparable to the best memories. Each bite of the flaky biscuit is perfectly paired with fresh gravy, made from scratch. They're just a match made in heaven.
13. Ham bean soup
This meal is another favorite of families with kids and lower incomes. It's also a great meal you can put in a pot while you're out working and come back to a perfectly cooked meal to keep you warm all night.
If any of these have made you hungry, you should check out
any of these little towns full of great restaurants in Kansas.
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