The holiday season is full of reasons to indulge in sweet and savory treats that you probably don’t eat during any other time of the year.  While we love almost every holiday meal and sweet treat, we thought it would be fun to share some ideas that are inspired by our home – Minnesota.

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If you want to create a more Minnesota-inspired holiday menu for your holiday gathering this year, check out our four delicious recipes below!

Appetizer

When we think about classic Minnesotan dishes, walleye is one of our main staples that you can find anywhere from high-end restaurants to small, local diners. Put a twist on the traditional walleye dish with this Hot Walleye Dip from Nellie Bellie! This dip is full of flavor with and will definitely be a crowd pleaser. Get the full recipe here.

Side Dish

The quintessential Minnesotan side dish component is wild rice. Our classic dishes are wild rice soup and wild rice pilaf, but the holidays call for something a little more special. Taste of Home has a great recipe for a Wild Rice Mushroom Bake that is a wonderful nod to the classic hot dish while also being upscale in flavor and presentation. Get the full recipe here.

Meat Dish

Take a break from the honey glazed ham and wow your crowd with this upscale meatloaf recipe from the Food Network. This recipe includes pork, beef, and veal and is not cooked in a loaf pan which creates a delicious crust and overall phenomenal final product! Get the full recipe here.

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Dessert

We are as a big of fans as anyone when it comes to the classic Christmas cookie platter for the go-to holiday dessert, but these Glazed Apple Maple Blondies from Taste of Home combine two of our most delicious Minnesotan ingredients: apples and maple syrup. Get the full recipe here.

 

We hope these recipe ideas inspire you to include a little bit of Minnesota in your holiday menu this year!