If You Grew Up In New Hampshire, You Definitely Love These 9 Classic Dishes
If you’ve lived your whole life in New Hampshire, or at least New England, you might never stop to consider that some of the foods we eat here might seem just plain strange to the rest of the country. Ask someone in New Mexico about American chop suey and they’ll probably try to direct you to the nearest Chinese takeout spot! But for us, these foods taste like comfort, and home.
1. American chop suey
If you grew up in New Hampshire, chances are this was in regular rotation on your childhood dinner table. With elbow macaroni, ground beef, tomato sauce, onions, and peppers, this is a classic that can't be beat.
2. Brown bread
Yes, bread in a can. This magical carb can seem quite mysterious to those from outside New England, but we know that it's absolutely delicious. Sure, it's made in Portland, ME, but you'll find it on plenty of New Hampshire plates!
3. Boiled supper
No, this isn't the most glamorous of cooking - and you'd better drink plenty of water after - but there's nothing more satisfying to a died-in-the-wool New Englander.
4. Red flannel hash
Did you know this breakfast favorite originated in New England? Legend has it that it was made the day after a boiled dinner as a way to use up leftover corned beef and potatoes - and beets were thrown in to mix things up a bit.
5. Fluffernutter sandwich
Perhaps the platonic ideal of sandwiches, the Fuffernutter is gooey, sweet, and satisfying. Just be sure to check that you don't have any fluff on your face after you eat one!
6. Fried clam bellies
Many of us have glorious childhood memories of days spent at the beach wrapped up with a visit to a clam shack. Somehow these golden nuggets taste even better when you have sand between your toes.
7. Hermit cookies
These chewy, gingery cookies almost definitely made an appearance in your grandmother's box of butter-stained recipe cards - and there are just as many versions as there are grandmas. These cookies are as old-school New England as it gets.
8. Hotdogs on New England-style buns
You surely grew up eating hot dogs - ideally cooked over a campfire. But did you ever stop to think about the buns? Most of the country splits theirs on the side (why?!) but in New England we split ours on the top (as it should be).
Stuffed with steak, cheese, salami or pepperoni, peppers, onions, and mushrooms, this is a New Hampshire delicacy we can all get behind.
What’s your favorite classic New England dish? How many of these did you eat growing up?
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