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Famous North Dakota Recipes

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Famous North Dakota recipes include tater tot hotdish, cheese buttons, kuchen, lefse, strawberry rhubarb pie, and Jell-O salad.

Check out our 50 states unit study for some fun states info! These popular recipes will remind you of the best part of being in North Dakota.

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Don’t forget to check out this North Dakota Unit Study to learn more about fun state facts and history.

North Dakota borders Canada to the north and South Dakota to the south and sits on the Great Plains. The Native American and Scandinavian populations have influenced the food culture for the last hundred years. 

These ten food categories include three recipes 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 North Dakota.

Tater Tot Hotdish 

This ground beef casserole is filled with onions, peppers, carrots and topped with tater tots and shredded cheddar cheese. 

2. Apple Pie 

Red and green apples sliced thin are tossed in cinnamon, sugar, ginger, and nutmeg and are laid neatly in a pie dish. It’s then topped with pie dough and baked until the apples are soft but not mushy, and the crust is golden brown.  

3. Kuchen 

This German dessert is made with fruit in a shortbread or yeast dough and drizzled with icing or fruit syrup. 

4. Lefse 

This traditional Scandinavian dish is a potato bread similar to tortillas, and they’re topped with sweet ingredients like cinnamon, butter, and sugar.

5. Strawberry Rhubarb Pie 

 When rhubarb and strawberries are in season, they combine to make a sweet and sour dessert with a crispy golden crust and is a famous North Dakota recipe. 

6. Chippers 

Potato chips dipped halfway in melted chocolate are a sweet and salty snack that is a famous North Dakota recipe.  

7. Jell-O Salad 

Jello salad is filled with fruit chunks, whipped cream, and topped with sliced fruit. It’s a tasty and light dessert that is popular all over the state. 

8. Stone Ground Wheat Bread 

No-knead artisan wheat bread is easy to make and healthy. Sprinkle seeds or nuts on top or mix them into the dough for a crunchy texture. 

9. Fry Bread Tacos

Native Americans originally made this pita-like bread. It’s served with taco salad like black beans, tomatoes, ground beef, olives, cheese, lettuce, and sour cream. 

10. Knoephla Soup 

This dumpling soup is filled with carrots, celery, onions, garlic, nutmeg, herbs, potatoes, and heavy cream. It’s a warm and filling soup perfect for a cold night. 

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