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Famous Michigan Recipes

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Famous Michigan Recipes include fudge, cherry hand pies, Detroit-style pizza, pasties, Superman ice cream, olive burgers, and fried white fish. These popular recipes will remind you of the best part of being in Michigan.

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Michigan is known for the center of the automotive industry, its fishing trade, having the largest freshwater coast in the United States, and its local varieties of fruits.   

These 10 food categories include three recipes each from notable professional chefs and home chefs with the recipe testing and dish development done for you. All you need to do is enjoy the wonderful combinations that make these dishes uniquely Massachusetts.

Mackinac Island Fudge 

This tiny island in the Great Lakes makes fudge from a 100-year-old recipe and is reputedly the best in the United States. These recipes are delicious Mackinac Island copycats.  

Cherry Hand Pies 

These flaky folded pies are stuffed with cherry pie filling and baked until golden brown. They’re easy to hold, eat, and all-around amazing!  

Detroit Pizza

This thick, cheesy, and crusty pizza is made in a tall-sided pan and baked until golden and delicious. 


These hand-held pastries are filled with ground beef or chopped steak, potatoes, onions, rutabagas. They are savory little pockets perfect for lunch and famous Michigan recipes.

Apple Cider Donuts  

 Donuts made with apple cider are most often baked and are easily made right at home. These cakey rounds are perfect served with a cup of coffee. 


These small sandwiches or cheeseburgers are melty, savory, and are the perfect appetizer for the table or a set of three for a meal for one person. 


These stuffed doughnuts are filled with jam, custard, or lemon curd and are topped with powdered sugar. They’re easy to make and even easier to eat! 

Superman Ice Cream 

Bright and colorful vanilla ice cream dyed the three colors of Superman’s outfit: red, yellow, and blue served in a cup or cone. This no-churn ice cream is perfect for a hot summer day. 

Olive Burger 

These juicy burgers are topped with an olive mixture filled with green olives, mayonnaise, and mustard. These are famous Michigan recipes. 

Fried Whiting Fish 

Seasoned and coated in cornmeal, these whiting fish are pan-fried and served crispy and golden with a side of coleslaw. 

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