Virginia January 14, 2018
9 Foods Every Virginian Craves When They Leave Virginia
Growing up in Virginia means having an affinity for certain foods, however strange they may seem to others. Without a doubt, there are certain things you’ll crave after you’ve left the great state of Virginia. Hubs salted peanuts? Definitely. Freshly caught crab? Yep. Here are just some of the iconic foods you can’t go too long without missing:
1. Ham biscuits
Pairing the best of Virginia, authentic ham and homemade biscuits, this miniature sandwich is a real crowd pleaser.
2. Brunswick stew
Brunswick stew is a staple during the wintertime. Packed with veggies and plenty of meat, this soup could sustain even the hungriest person all day long.
3. Steamed crabs
There is nothing quite like freshly-caught and steamed crabs on a summer's day here in Virginia. Add some Old Bay seasoning and plenty of melted butter and you'll be in heaven.
4. Pimiento cheese
Whether it's on a burger, between two slices of bread, or used as dip, there's a special place in every Virginian's heart for the Southern staple known as pimiento cheese. You just can't have too much of it.
5. Rappahannock oysters
Virginia is the leader in East Coast oyster production, thanks to the conservation efforts of the Chesapeake Bay. And the proof is in the delicious oysters. Raw, steamed, or fried...there's no wrong way to enjoy these treats.
6. Apple butter
Apple butter is similar to pimiento cheese in that it goes with just about everything (although we wouldn't recommend combining the two!). A true Virginian couldn't go very long without craving this smooth, delicious spread.
With nearly 3,000 miles of trout streams, Virginia is the capital of freshly caught trout. This tasty staple can be served fried, grilled, or charbroiled and enjoyed just about any time of the day.
8. Macaroni & cheese
Alright...so we're not the only state to serve mac & cheese. Yet it's reported that Thomas Jefferson is responsible for bringing back a pasta maker from Europe in the late 1700s, so we may have been the first. Plus, you'd be hard pressed to find a Virginian who didn't appreciate a fantastic homemade macaroni dish.
9. Shrimp and grits
Here's another beloved Southern dish that has been absolutely perfected here in the Old Dominion. Thanks to our historic mills, our grits are absolutely decadent.
This list just scratches the surface of all the wonderful food Virginia is known for. What would you add to the list? We’d love to hear from you!