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10 Foods That Utah is Known For

Funeral Potatoes

Have you ever stopped to think about the eating habits of Americans that tend to become regional? It seems that each state develops its kinds of cuisine or foods that they're known for that are different from other places in the US. for example, southern fried chicken, Louisiana crawfish, New England clam chowder, or Idaho spuds? Utah is a state that also has several types of foods that are unique to the area. Here are the top ten foods that are most associated with Utah.

1. Utah Scones

Only in Your State confirms that Utah Scones are different than the kinds of scones you'll find in other states. They're more like a frybread in their flavor and consistency. Natives of Utah eat them in various ways including hot with butter or with jam but the most popular, and traditional way to serve them is to add a generous dollop of honey butter.

2. Fernwood Mint Sandwiches

Fernwood Mint Sandwiches originated in the state of Utah. They became a staple around Christmas, but natives of Utah eat them all year long. The first Fernwood mint sandwiches were made by a company in Utah in 1947. The sandwiches are made of green mint with chocolate layers on each side, creating a delicious mint and chocolate confection. The sandwiches come in your choice of milk chocolate or dark chocolate but the mint filling remains constant. Some people try their hand at making them at home from scratch, but there's nothing like the real thing. You can find them at Macy's Department stores and select grocery stores in Utah.

3. Pastrami Burgers

Pastrami Burgers are a food that you probably have never heard of unless you're from Utah or know somebody who is. It's a hot sandwich that is made of strips of pastrami that are cooked to perfection in a solution of beef brother with ample amounts of paprika. It's a unique invention that hails from Crown Burgers, the establishment responsible for its creation, in Salt Lake City, Utah. Even if you don't like pastrami, it's worth it to give Utah's famous pastrami burger a try. They come in a deluxe burger that is packed with a quarter pound of pastrami sliced thin, over a delicious charbroiled beef burger with melted cheese, thousand island sauce, and the veggies of your choice. It's the ultimate burger but a word of warning is required before you partake. It's filling.

4. Dutch Oven Dinners

Utah is known for its Dutch Oven Dinners. It's not so much the type of casserole cooked in the dutch oven, but rather, the fact that you make an entire meal inside. Dutch ovens originated in The Netherlands and made their way to the United States by way of immigrants. These handy cooking pots are durable and large enough to cook an entire meal inside. They were popular with early pioneers who made their way through Utah in covered wagons in search of their new homesteads. The pioneers would put their meats and vegetables in a Dutch oven and let them cook for hours. When the work was done, a hot hearty meal would be ready to eat with minimal fuss. The ovens were also ideal for boiling water, roasting, frying, and baking. Dutch oven dinners are a thing that started over a hundred years ago and it's still one of the best modern conveniences for families in Utah.

5. Aggiano

Taste of Atlas explains that Aggiano is a food that is produced in the state of Utah by the Beehive Cheese Company. It's made from whole Jersey cow milk that is pasteurized and runs through a process that gives it a creamy yet dry texture at the same time. It's a flavorful cheese that is not made anywhere else in the country. It's a unique American cheese that is an exceptional companion with toasted nuts, fresh fruits, salads, chocolate, or kinds of pasta. It's also consumed with fruity wheat beer, whiskeys, and wines. The cheese has a secret recipe but it has a tangy flavor with fruity undertones and the aroma of fruits.

6. Frog Eye Salad

Frog Eye Salad isn't something you're likely to hear about outside of Utah. It's unique to the state but the residents view it as a staple. You can't go to a potluck without finding plenty of Frog eye salad. It doesn't contain any parts of a real frog. It's a dish that combines the best features of a fruit salad and a pasta salad in a flavorful and nutritious dish that is filling and tasty. The typical frog eye salad contains pasta in the shape of a ball, cooked, whipped cream, egg yolks, pineapple, marshmallows, shredded coconut, mandarin oranges, and anything else you might like to add. It's a popular dessert that goes a long way when feeding a crowd.

7. Apple Beer

Apple Beer is a non-alcoholic beverage that is popular in Utah. It originated in Germany but was introduced to the American market in the early 1960s era. Apple Beer is manufactured by the Apple Beer Corporation. its headquarters is in Salt Lake City, Utah. Utah isn't the only place you can find this delicious, healthy, and refreshing beverage. It's found in a few other states in the Western parts of the US. It's a type of sparkling apple cider that contains natural apple flavors, citric acid, cane sugar, and purified carbonated water, and it's enriched with vitamin C. Drink a glass for good health and a delicious flavor.

8. Fry Sauce

The Salt Lake Tribune reports that Fry sauce is a popular condiment used around the entire United States region. It has become a staple for many Americans, who refuse to eat their french fries without them. The fry sauce recipe originated in Utah in the 1950s. It's a dipping sauce that was created by the founder of the Arctic Circle restaurant chain. He mixed relish, spices, mayonnaise, and ketchup to arrive at the delicious sauce used for dipping and burgers. Fry sauce is a national phenomenon and we owe its development to a native of Utah.

9. Funeral Potatoes

Although this dish doesn't sound very appetizing it's delicious and filling. It's called Funeral potatoes because it is traditionally prepared and served for family dinners following a funeral. The recipe is easy to follow and busy moms love making it to serve their families on busy days. It's made from potatoes, cheese, canned soup, and a topping made of cornflakes. It offers the delicious flavors of cheese and potatoes with flavoring from the canned soup. If you add a cup of cooked ham cubes you have a complete meal in one easy casserole. You can add other embellishments and tweak the recipe and it still falls under the same name.

10. Green River melons

Oregon has its Hermiston melons and Utah has its Green River melons. They're sold in season by stands alongside the road and at grocery stores, or from the farmer. Green River melons are raised in the ideal soil for growing them. You can find large and sweet honeydew melons, cantaloupe, and watermelons grown in this region which has ideal soil and growing conditions. Green River melons have become household words and they're frequently served in buffets and by people who have an interest in eating healthy.

Liz Flynn

Written by Liz Flynn

Liz Flynn has worked as a full-time writer since 2010 after leaving a career in education. She finds almost all topics she writes about interesting, but her favorite subjects are travel and food. Liz loves the process of researching information, learning new things, and putting into words what others who share her interests might like to read. Although she spends most of her time writing, she also enjoys spending time with her husband and four children, watching films, cooking, dining out, reading, motorsports, gaming, and walking along the beach next to her house with her dog.

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