Midwest Living 2nd Annual Cook-Off Winning Recipes
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Cranberry Sausage-Stuffed Pork Chops with Pumpkin Gravy
This recipe from Linda Kay Drysdale of Riverview, Michigan, won the $10,000 top prize in one of our Best of the Midwest recipe contests. Linda's recipe calls for chops cooked in a pressure cooker, which reduces cooking time to a fifth of the oven version. Watching calories? Half a chop satisfies most people.
Peanut Butter Buckeye Brownie Cheesecake
Dawn Moore of Warren, Pennsylvania, grew up sampling buckeye candy from neighboring Ohio. It was the muse for this outrageously rich and creamy dessert she created.
Sweet and Sassy Walleye Chowder in Bread Bowls
Linda Rohr of Darien, Connecticut, came up with a Midwest version of East Coast chowder using lake-fresh walleye, corn and sweet potato chunks in a golden bread bowl.
Skillet Pork and Apple Mini Meat Loaves
Patrice Hurd of Bemidji, Minnesota, says this moist, sweet and tangy comfort food reminds her of Sunday dinner at her grandmother's in northern Minnesota. Best of all, it's fast.
Orange-Laced Blueberry-Rhubarb Cobbler with Almond Biscuits
Barbara Estabrook of Rhinelander, Wisconsin, topped a juicy base with so-tender drop biscuits tasting of almonds—from almond flour! Purchase it online or at large supermarkets. This recipe was a People's Choice award winner.
Dark Chocolate-Walnut-Cranberry Mousse Pie
Bernice Janowski of Stevens Point, Wisconsin, puts tart cranberries in her chocolate pie. Be sure to thaw the cranberries ahead. If you don't, you may have to bake longer, giving the crust a chance to burn.
Spiced Pecan Sweet Potato Cake
Deborah Biggs of Omaha, Nebraska, completes this amazingly moist dessert with Maple Whipped Cream.
Roasted Tomato Chicken Crostata
Gloria Piantek of West Lafayette, Indiana, uses a purchased piecrust in this many-layered main dish. It won the People's Choice Award in the main dish category.