Minnesota's state food: What should it be?


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​Minnesota has its state bird (common loon) and state flower (pink and white lady slipper). But our state food? Now that's worth a debate.

The folks at My Food Looks Funny have started the dialogue by assigning 50 foods to the 50 states.

What did they pick for Minnesota?



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While Wisconsin's cheese and Maine's lobster seem to be sensible choices, there are several states with questionable culinary ties. Michigan's pasties? Utah's green Jell-O?

According to this map, Minnesota is represented by fried food on a stick.

One commenter says the pick is "right on the money," yet another is vehemently opposed: "Ever hear of wild rice? Pan-fried walleye? Venison?" The lengthy comments are a sure indication that there is plenty of room for debate.

But assigning a single food item that pleases everyone in our state is a nearly impossible task. It might be a tough and fruitless effort to make a case for wild rice or walleye or even Pearson's Nut Roll. Still, can someone please explain what exactly that food is that's fried and put on a stick in that picture?

As a side note, several food items are already included among Minnesota's state symbols. You might guess that the walleye is the state fish and wild rice the state grain. But did you know that the Honeycrisp apple is our state fruit and the morel is our state mushroom? Wait, there's one more. Our state muffin? Blueberry, of course.

A vote for Tater Tot hotdish, anyone?


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sharalds
sharalds

Lutefisk? Lefsa? Bueller?

vitajex
vitajex

Could be worse.

We could be Montana...

Kei
Kei

So. True.

Rocky Mountain oysters = deep-fried bull testicles.

A Native Montanan
A Native Montanan

Well made RMOs are wonderful. The best in the state are probably in Choteau, where they're perfectly cooked with a great batter and served with a variety of dipping sauces. The ones at MontanaFair, where most non-Montanans will experience them, are not nearly as good. They're tough and chewy, which RMOs should not be.

Kei
Kei

Thanks for the tip, ANM. I confess I've never had Rocky Mountain oysters. But seeing that I like sea urchin, which is essentially a uterus, I don't see why I wouldn't enjoy them. I'll remember to go for the real deal in Choteau when I get a chance!

AG
AG

Seriously? A Jucy Lucy. I can't believe there's this much discussion...

The Cleaning Crew
The Cleaning Crew

Based on my experience cleaning up at various places including the Metrodome and the Mall of America, I think the Minnesota state food should be those horrible nachos in the plastic boxes with the fake plastic cheese. Because that is what all y'all leave behind. Deny it all you want.

Cheeseycake
Cheeseycake

I believe that is a deep-fried candy bar on a stick. Something which I have never eaten in my life.

C'mon, it kind of has to be hot dish, right?

Kei
Kei

I've never had a deep-fried candy bar either!If it was deep-fried hotdish on a stick, we'll be killing 2 birds with 1 stone.

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