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Famous Rhode Island Recipes

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Famous Rhode Island Recipes include Irish brown bread, doughboys, pizza strips, clam cakes, calamari, and grinder sandwiches. These popular recipes will remind you of the best part of being in Rhode Island.

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Rhode Island is known for being the home of Brown University. It borders the Atlantic Ocean, brings in tons of fresh seafood, and is a great place to sail. If you like eating good seafood and enjoy walking around small colonial towns, this is the place to be. 

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 Rhode Island. 

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Irish Brown Bread

Quick brown bread made with whole wheat flour, buttermilk, and rolled oats. This no-yeast bread is easy to make and delicious. 


This fried dough can be served on its own or dropped in soups. It’s a tasty snack or appetizer and perfect to make at home. 


Clams shells stuffed with a mixture of clam meat, red bell pepper, garlic, and bright herbs are a famous Rhode Island recipe. 

Clam Chowder  

Creamy clam chowder is a staple of Rhode Island. This is the perfect dish to make at home on a cold winter night. Serve it with crusty white bread for the best experience.   

Caldo Verde 

 This soup originates in Portugal but is popular in Rhode Island. It’s made with potatoes, sausage, and collard greens. 

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Clam Cakes 

This dish is a famous Rhode Island recipe. The clams are stuffed in a batter and then fried. They are light and fluffy and delicious. The dough is made with eggs, buttermilk, beer, maple syrup, and flour. 


These are pancakes made with cornmeal instead of white flour and are fried in butter or bacon fat. They are an amazing breakfast in Rhode Island. 

Doughnut Cake 

This cake is made in a bundt pan with sugar, butter, eggs, vanilla, flour, and buttermilk. It’s drizzled with a powdered sugar glaze and is the perfect after-dinner dessert. 


Octopus tentacles are dipped in a flour mixture and fried is an amazing appetizer. They are served with spicy marinara sauce. 

Grinder Sandwich

These sandwiches are piled high with salami, sliced tomatoes, lettuce, and drizzled with Italian vinaigrette. Served with crispy potato chips, they’re perfect for lunch any day of the week. 

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