Famous Pennsylvania recipes include Philly cheesesteaks, shoofly pie, scrapple, tomato pie, soft pretzels, wedding soup, and pierogies. These popular recipes will remind you of the best part of being in Pennsylvania.
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Pennsylvania is a northern state with the Appalachian mountains running through it. It produces more than 75% of the world’s oil, half of the mushrooms grown in the United States are picked there, and has the world’s oldest still-operating roller coaster in the world.
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 Pennsylvania.
Thinly sliced steak sauteed with onions and bell peppers topped with melty cheese. It’s piled high in a toasted hoagie roll is a classic all over Pennsylvania and especially Philadelphia.
- Philly Cheesesteak Recipe (VIDEO)
- Philly Cheesesteak Recipe with Peppers and Onions
- Best Ever Cheesesteak
2. Shoofly Pie
This pie is made with cinnamon, nutmeg, butter, molasses, and pie crust. It’s a famous Pennsylvania recipe served all over the state at restaurants and potluck dinners.
This meat dish is made with pork, cornmeal, seasonings, onions, and celery. It’s then fried and drizzled with a sweet or savory topping depending on if you’re eating it for breakfast or dinner.
4. Tomato Pie
Fresh tomatoes are piled on pizza dough, baked, and topped with fresh basil. It’s a very simple dish that is popular all over the state.
5. Soft Pretzels
Hot, soft pretzels are easy to make at home. They’re baked and topped with cinnamon sugar, salt, cheese, sesame seeds, jalapeno slices, or everything bagel seasoning.
This soup is a traditional Italian dish. It’s made with meatballs, carrots, onions, celery, garlic, broth, small pasta, spinach, and parmesan cheese. It’s easy to make on a weeknight.
These pasta-filled dumplings are homemade. They’re filled with potatoes, onions, cream cheese, and seasonings. They are popular in states with a European influence.
Fried Fish Sandwich
Fresh fish battered and fried and topped with creamy horseradish sauce. It’s all packed between toasted buns is a delicious lunch.
9. Mushroom Strudel
Puff pastry is filled with mushrooms, cheese, sausage, and leeks. It’s is a delicious appetizer and famous Pennsylvania recipe.
- Eastern European Mushroom Strudel Recipe
- Sausage, Cheese & Mushroom Strudel Recipe
- Mushroom and Leek Strudel
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10. Red Snapper Soup
Red Snapper fish is a light, white fish that is amazing served in a vegetable soup filled with onions, tomatoes, carrots, celery, zucchini, potatoes, and fish stock. It’s refreshing and savory and easy to make right at home.
- Fish Soup with Red Snapper and Vegetables
- Red Snapper Soup with Fresh Bean Sprouts and Garlic Oil Recipe
- Quick Easy Fish Stew