Best Vintage Midwestern Recipes

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This recipe uses thinly rolled puff pastry instead of the conventional buttery, high-calorie crust to reduce guilt without compromising taste.

Chicken Pot Pie

This beef and potato dish uses chicken stock and half-and-half instead of heavy cream, but it still has bacon and cheddar for that rich.

Baked Potato Soup

This classic diner meal reminds us of after-school hangouts with pals without calories and fat.

Cheese Fries

Mushrooms and reduced-fat Swiss are hidden in this burger without affecting the taste. Rather than grilling, use a cast-iron skillet.

Swiss Burger

When grillers discovered that a full can of beer might keep meat from drying out, backyard cookouts improved. 

Beer Can Chicken

This variation replaces unhealthy components with oats and almonds, reducing guilt and enhancing memories.

Apple Pie

Midwestern families eat baby back ribs weekly. It's lavish elsewhere. Peach BBQ sauce is a summer staple, and this recipe calls for bourbon.

Smoky Ribs with Peach BBQ Sauce

Midwest breakfasts include more than just fruit and coffee. This ham-and-egg waffle dish is healthier than Denny's "Slam." Frozen waffles make it fast.

Waffles with Ham and Egg

Genuine marinara sauce made from whole peeled tomatoes reduces sugar, making it the perfect, healthier comfort food.

Spaghetti and Turkey Meatballs

Chicago hot dogs are associated with cold nights at the Navy Pier. This dog is special. Pickled relish, a poppy seed bun, pickle spears, mustard, and onion are added to a real one. 

Chicago Hot Dog

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