With a little extra time on our hands, lots of us are in the kitchen these days. Whether you’re experienced in kitchen or taking up cooking as a new hobby, make it even more fun by trying some special Missouri dishes.
Springfield-Style Cashew Chicken is a thing – a delicious one – accept no substitutions. This signature dish was created by David Leong in 1963 for his restaurant, Leong’s Tea House.
Silver Dollar City is known for their amazing food – and it’s more than funnel cakes and grilled corn on the cob. And they’re sharing their recipes with all of us: like this hearty Harvest Skillet. The SDC chef also prepared an amazing Easter feast, which you can adapt for an impressive Sunday dinner.
And seriously, you can’t talk about Missouri cooking without discussing barbecue – and especially Kansas City’s famous burnt ends. You can get the recipe and even follow along on the video to get your savory barbecue fix at home.
This Thai wrap hails from Lona’s Lil Eats, a popular St. Louis restaurant whose following is so loyal, it’s almost achieved cult status.
Nothing beats traditional country cuisine, and who better to turn to for that than the Silver Dollar City chefs? You can substitute olive oil in their fresh vegetable succotash, for a heart healthier version.
Dress up one of your usual dinner choices with Mushroom Wine Sauce, created by Nicola MacPherson of Ozark Forest Mushrooms – the premier grower of shiitake and oyster mushrooms in Missouri. Or you could substitute your hard-won morel mushrooms for a seasonal treat!
When done well, nothing beats a hot, buttery biscuit – and Chef Ben Welch of the Midwestern has a go-to choice for this king of the comfort foods: his “Not-My-Mamas Biscuits.”
One of the sweetest accidents ever happened in St. Louis, and it’s a treat everybody loves. You should give this Ultimate Gooey Butter Cake recipe a try.
Take your summer favorite root beer float to a new level with Stump’s Spirits Pecan Pie Float. It adds a Deep South flavor and creates a taste-sensation that’s definitely NOT your childhood treat.
It is a fact of life that there is no such thing as too much chocolate – so why not in cocktails? Kyle Mathis from Westport Social created the STL Sour – combining chocolate with cabernet for a drink that’s not only delicious, but beautiful. Make it just that much more Missouri by choosing a cabernet from one of the Show-Me State’s wineries.
This cocktail was created for President Harry S. Truman to pay homage to his home state and the Democratic Party mascot, the donkey (the mule is a hybrid of a male donkey and female horse). So how could any self-respecting Missouri drink menu not include the Missouri Mule?
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And if you’re one of those talented, imaginative, daring kind of cooks – feel free to share your own Missouri creations with us. Just be sure to include exact measurements for us less-gifted chef wanna-bes!