Virginia February 22, 2018
If You Grew Up In Virginia, You Definitely Love These 10 Classic Dishes
Here in Virginia, we love our home-cooked meals. Mostly because they are always delicious, but there’s also a hint of nostalgia that comes into play. Certain dishes have a way of evoking memories of family gatherings, celebrations, or other festivities where delicious and traditional food takes center stage. Chances are, if you grew up in Virginia, you are all too familiar with the following dishes:
1. Deviled Eggs
Deviled eggs are a must at any sort of brunch event. These tasty bites are often jazzed up with spices like paprika for an added kick.
2. Ham biscuits
Virginia ham is about as traditional as it gets. For proof of this, look no further than Smithfield, Virginia. Much like deviled eggs, ham biscuits can be spruced up with just about any topping you fancy.
3. Hoppin' John
The classic dish known as Hoppin' John is most often enjoyed on New Years Day. This southern dish is said to bring about good luck for the upcoming year. Not to mention, it's also delicious!
4. Shrimp and Grits
Shrimp and grits is a classic dish just about anywhere in the South, but we like to think we've perfected it here in Virginia.
5. Brunswick Stew
Ok...Brunswick stew isn't typically made in huge vats like this. Yet you'd be hard-pressed to find a Virginian who isn't this enthusiastic about this classic stew dish.
6. Crab Benedict
Crab Benedict is a delicious improvement on the classic egg Benedict. You'll find this meal at just about any brunch event.
7. Fried Green Tomatoes
Nothing says summertime in Virginia like a serving of fried green tomatoes. Especially on a BLT sandwich.
8. Crab Cakes
It's hard to beat crab cakes made with real Chesapeake Bay Blue Crabmeat. Don't forget the Old Bay seasoning!
9. Pancakes topped with Highland County Maple Syrup
Authentic maple syrup from Highland County should be a staple ingredient in every Virginian's kitchen. In addition to topping pancakes, this syrup can be used in any number of baked goods.
Once you set foot in the Old Dominion, you've officially arrived in oyster territory. Whether you like 'em raw, steamed, fried, or baked, you know they'll be delicious here in Virginia.
Are there any traditional Virginia foods that you would add to the list? Be sure to let us know!