20 Favorite Wisconsin Recipes
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Macaroni and Cheese Perfection
Forget what you know about store-bought packages -- this is REAL macaroni and cheese. The children of cheese-makers Shelley and Randy Krakenbuhl accepted nothing else while they were growing up above the Prima Kase cheese factory in Monticello, Wisconsin. Here's the family recipe for Macaroni and Cheese Perfection, which Shelley prepares using Prima Kase's Emmentaler cheese and some Parmesan.
Mooselips' Pumpkin Cheesecake
Customers at Mooselips Java Joint in Seeley, Wisconsin, love this because it's creamy, cool and not overpowered by the pumpkin or spice. It tastes even better with a hot cup of coffee.
Brats and Beer Cheddar Chowder
Midwest Living created this hearty chowder to salute the Badger State's German beer, bratwurst and cheese heritage. The tang of the beer and smokiness of the brats hold up to the bold cheddar and caraway.
Apple-Cranberry Walnut Pie
Sweet apples balance the tang of cranberries in this fall favorite.
Garlic Chicken Italiano
Garlic lovers will enjoy the aroma of this chicken almost as much as its flavor. The recipe comes from Grand Geneva Resort and Spa in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. We've reduced their suggested 40 cloves of garlic to about 16--though you can add more if you like!
Dried cranberries plump up when tossed with vinaigrette in this tangy coleslaw. The recipe was a winner at the Wisconsin State Fair.
Badger State Muffins
Shredded apples and carrots, chopped cranberries, and nuts pack this cinnamon and coriander-spiced muffin from the M&M Cafe in Monticello, Wisconsin.
Fork-Tender Pot Roast
Dan and Nancy Viste specialize in American classics at their Old Feed Mill restaurant in Mazonomie, Wisconsin. Their pot roast slow cooks until the meat turns brown and tender and the flavor mellows to an almost caramel overtone. Browned bits in the pan become the base for the rich red wine gravy.
Stuffed Beef Tenderloin Filet
Cheese, bacon and mushrooms create a mouthwatering beef main dish from White Gull Inn in Fish Creek, Wisconsin. "Wisconsin produces great beef," innkeeper Andy Coulson says. "The only way to improve upon a broiled tenderloin is to stuff it with onions and Wisconsin cheddar."
Wisconsin Fish Boil
Almond-Cranberry Bread with White Chocolate Glaze
Sweet bread balances tangy cranberries in this winning fall recipe. Like many quick breads, this loaf will improve in flavor and texture if you let it sit overnight before slicing it.
Showstopper Chicken Surprise
Cheese lovers can't resist a good recipe for stuffed chicken, like this one from the Roth Kase USA cheese factory in Monroe, Wisconsin. "This recipe is very adaptable -- it works just fine with boneless, skinless thighs or with smoked cheddar cheese," writes one of our website reviewers. "It's a huge family favorite!"
Wisconsin Rhubarb Cheesecake
This creamy dessert from Jayne Vosters of Appleton, Wisconsin, was a winner at the Great Wisconsin Cheese Festival in Little Chute.
Peanut Butter-Fudge Pie
This make-ahead dessert is an ice cream, peanut butter, fudge delight created by a Waukesha, Wisconsin, reader, who likes to take it to potlucks. You can double the recipe to fill a 13x9 pan and cut into squares to feed a crowd.
Baked Oatmeal, Wisconsin-Style
If you're used to shaking your oatmeal out of a packet and adding hot water, you're in for a treat with this hearty baked version flavored with brown sugar and cinnamon. Serve warm with fresh fruit, if you like.
Beer-Braised Brats get a liberal dose of cranberry-pickle relish for extra color and tang. This recipe, created by Midwest Living for a story on One-of-a-Kind Midwest Sandwiches, is a Badger State meal in a bun.
Wisconsin Honey Bee and Vanilla Bean Pudding
Jill Prescott, a Midwest cooking-school teacher, shared this dessert named for her home state. Top the creamy pudding with fresh berries and whipped cream.
Cooler than a Rat Pack film, the old-school Wisconsin supper clubs know sensible steaks and relish trays never go out of style. Don't miss sipping a Brandy Old-Fashioned.
Maple-Apple Pudding Bake
The Wisconsin Maple Producers created this recipe to showcase maple syrup and juicy apples in a moist, rich dessert.
Jumbo Coffee Cake Muffins
These tender cinnamon-sugar behemoths are a specialty at the Inn at Pinewood, 5 miles east of Eagle River, Wisconsin. The recipe was so popular with readers that it made Midwest Living's list of "Our 20 Best Recipes of All Time."