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Famous Montana Recipes

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These Famous Montana Recipes include cinnamon rolls, lamb, huckleberry pie, elk burgers, pasties, cherry turnovers, and nut burgers. These popular recipes will remind you of the best part of being in Montana.

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Montana is known for the Glacier National Park, its large population of grizzly bears, its low population of people, the largest elk herd in the nation, and for the nickname of Big Sky Country. 

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 Montana.

Cinnamon Rolls 

Fluffy, chewy, yeasted dough is rolled around cinnamon sugar, baked in spirals, and topped with vanilla icing. These amazing rolls are sweet and delicious. 


Montana is one of the biggest lamb raisers in the nation. It’s common to find it on menus and in the store to make at home. These delicious recipes will show you just how easy it is to make.

Huckleberry Pie

Huckleberries are included in Montana’s famous recipes because they grow locally. They can be put in ice cream, made into jam, and put into pies. They taste a bit like blueberries and are sweet and amazing.

Elk Burgers

Wild game roams all over the state of Montana. Elk burgers are juicy and have a delicious flavor. Make sure to try one of these recipes if you get your hands on some elk meat.


 Pasties are handheld food made with ground beef, potatoes, and rutabagas, folded in pizza dough, and baked. These savory meat pies are perfect for lunch or dinner.  

Cherry Turnovers

Cherries are grown locally in Montana so, naturally, you can find them in many different foods. One of the best is cherry turnovers. Cherries are folded into pastry dough, baked, and drizzled with vanilla icing. 

Nut Burgers 

These vegan burgers are made from nuts, vegetables, and grains. They are healthy and delicious even for non-vegans.

Bear Claws

These pastries have an almond filling, are shaped like bear claws, and are topped with toasted almond slices. Tasty!  

Chicken Fried Steak 

This thin steak is dredged and coated and then fried and covered in gravy. It’s common for breakfast with a side of eggs and hash browns and is a famous Montana recipe.

Fry Bread 

This chewy bread looks a bit like a fried puffed-up pita. They are usually topped with taco salad fixings, including ground beef, diced tomatoes, and shredded lettuce.  

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