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Famous Virginia Recipes

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Famous Virginia Recipes include pimento cheese, fried pies, oysters, apple butter, peanut pie, macaroni and cheese, and shrimp and grits.

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 Virginia. 

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Don’t forget to check out this Virginia Unit Study as well to learn more about fun state facts and history.

Virginia is known for the famous Virginia Beach with long beaches, seafood restaurants, and tourist attractions. Norfolk is home to military bases and the state is a major producer of tomatoes, peanuts, and tobacco. The name Virginia comes from Queen Elizabeth I, who was known as the Virgin Queen. 

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 Virginia.  

Pimento Cheese

This creamy spread is made with mayonnaise, cheese, pimentos, and seasonings. It’s perfect for dipping vegetables or bread, spreading on sandwiches, or eating with crackers.  

Fried Pies 

These small pies are perfect for holding in your hands to eat. Pie dough is filled with apples, cherries, or strawberries, folded over, and then fried. 


Fresh oysters right from the ocean are steamed, grilled, or baked. They are cooked with herbs, lemon, breadcrumbs, or fish stock. These tasty morsels are fun to eat right off the shell. 

Apple Butter

This creamy condiment is made by slow-cooking apples until they turn a rich golden brown color. The name is misleading because it doesn’t contain any butter. It’s perfect spread on pancakes, toast, or french toast. 

Peanut Pie 

 Peanut pie is similar to pecan pie and is made with corn syrup, brown sugar, eggs, butter, vanilla, and whole, shelled peanuts. It’s a famous Virginia recipe that is famous in the southern states.  

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Macaroni and Cheese

This cheesy dish is made with elbow pasta, different types of cheeses, and sometimes meat or vegetables. It’s often topped with breadcrumbs and baked as well. 

Shrimp and Grits

Spicy creole shrimp served over creamy grits is a classic southern dish. It’s served in high-end restaurants as well as hole-in-the-walls. One thing they all agree on is that this dish is delicious. 

Brunswick Stew

This savory stew is made with onions, garlic, potatoes, lima beans, corn, tomatoes, barbecue sauce, brown sugar, seasonings, chicken, and pork. Over time this stew has evolved into a famous Virginia recipe.  

Peanut Soup

Peanut soup is popular in Virginia because of the number of peanuts produced in the state. It’s often made with carrots, celery, onions, cream, peanut butter, garlic, powder, and other seasonings. There are different variations of this soup depending on the region you find yourself in. 

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Biscuits and Ham

Warm, homemade biscuits are made into sandwiches with thick, country ham and melty cheese. They are served for lunch or for an easy dinner at potlucks or backyard barbecues. 

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