We know that in certain areas of the country or world there are dishes associated with that region. Such as expecting to see New England Clam Chowda on a menu in New England, or crayfish on a menu in Louisiana, or good Tex-Mex from Texas. And each region has their own type of pizza like the Chicago Deep Dish for instance, or a type of barbecue like North Carolina pulled pork in that tangy vinegar sauce versus Memphis Barbecue in its thick tomato based sauce. But what about Sugar Cream Pie of the Hoosier State, Indiana, and the “Petro”, a taco in a bag, of Tennessee launched during the 1982 World’s Fair in Knoxville, and the Donair of Halifax, N. S., has anyone outside of these regions ever heard of these dishes? I just discovered Salt Potatoes from another blogger, Warm Olives. Who knew they even existed except for those people in Syracuse, New York? When these folks leave their neighborhoods, no one else in the country or world has ever heard of their specialty dish and most can only get those specials by going back and visiting those places or making the dishes themselves.
Only known to South Jersey are these fresh fried hot and gooey panzarottis. A panzarotti is a small pizza folded in half, sealed and deep fried. They are crispy, burning hot and delicious. But I can only get them in South Jersey unless I make them myself, which I do, but not as good as the real thing. I have asked deli owners here in Virginia if they would close my pizza and deep fry it and they think I am crazy and deny my request because it would wreck their fryers. Huh?
Do you have a micro-regional specialty dish that is unheard of anywhere else? I’m not looking for the Philly Cheese Steak here I am looking for the “Wets” (Gravy Fries) of Reading, PA or the Cherry Limes from Borger, TX. Folks in the Poconos, do you have a Pocono only food, how about you in Lacey, WA, or those in Southern Cal? In Germany I ate my weight in Cheese Pretzels but now have to make my own as they are no where in site here.
Share a micro-regional specialty food favorite of yours.
Taco in a Bag- my way
One recipe chili
4-6 small bags Fritos corn chips
shredded cheddar cheese
green onions or red onion, chopped
Make chili according to recipe. While bags are closed, slightly crush chips and then cut open along the long side of the bag. Top chips with hot chili a dollop of sour cream, and a sprinkle of onions and cheese. Take along plastic forks and napkins and ta-da, dinner!