Ohio Recipes

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Peanut Butter and Chocolate Candy Cake

Rating: 4.32 stars
If you love Peanut Butter Cups, you'll love this cake! Tastes like "Peanut Butter Tasty Cakes" sold in Philadelphia. Can't get them here in Cincinnati so we bake this cake instead.

Buckeyes I

Rating: 4.47 stars
This recipe is so good that I double it whenever I make it. Since it is peanut butter balls dipped in chocolate it is almost like candy. Real buckeyes are nuts that grow on trees and are related to the horse chestnut.

Cincinnati Chili I

Rating: 4.44 stars
An unusual chili, with cinnamon, cloves, and even chocolate!

Amish Meatloaf

Rating: 4.5 stars
A recipe for Amish meatloaf topped with bacon strips and a ketchup glaze that I had while in Amish country in Holmes County, Ohio.

Buckeye Cookies III

Rating: 4.7 stars
These are like little peanut butter and chocolate balls. You basically mix it all up together. It is a perfect recipe to do at a sleepover or for parties. It is pretty simple and it really doesn't take too long. It takes about as long as chocolate chip cookies do, maybe a little longer, but if you love chocolate and peanut butter, you'll love this.

Authentic Cincinnati Chili

Rating: 4.6 stars
This was handed down to me by Mom, a Cincinnati native. Skimming the fat makes this a healthier version than most, and gives it the right consistency. I like mine 4-way, with spaghetti, raw chopped onions, grated mild cheddar, and oyster crackers!

Best City Chicken

Rating: 4.76 stars
I grew up in northeast Ohio and this was my all time favorite dish when I was little...now I make it, and my family loves it too! I like to use all pork for my city chicken; however tradition is to use pork and veal combined. The grocery stores around me sell a pack of cubed pork with the wood skewers already in the pack specifically for city chicken, so you may want to look for that first. But, if you can't find that, then cubing your own pork will work fine.

Buckeye Balls II

Rating: 4.59 stars
These are chocolate-covered balls of peanut butter and confectioners' sugar.

Slow Cooker Sauerkraut and Sausage

Rating: 4.31 stars
Here's an old recipe I have used for years. Sauerkraut and pork sausage cooked slowly in a slow cooker. Yummm!

Sunday's Apple Pie

Rating: 4.71 stars
Homemade apple pie, from scratch.

Vinegar and Egg Crust

Rating: 4.73 stars
This crust was used by Elsie Hack to win the 1978 Ohio State Fair pie baking contest. (It was wrapped around an apple pie.) Because the crust is very flaky when baked, it is a bit difficult to roll and handle, but well worth the effort.

Pecan Sour Cream Pound Cake

Rating: 4.58 stars
I won first place with this cake at the Cuyahoga County Fair (Cleveland, Ohio) in 1993. For a nuttier variation, you can substitute 1 cup of the flour with 1 cup of ground pecans.

Inspiration and Ideas

Bloody Mary Mix
Rating: Unrated
My sister got this recipe from a restaurant in Ohio and all our family loves it. This is very spicy and needs time to blend flavors.
Chef John's Cincinnati-Style Chili
Rating: Unrated
You'll love this chili if you tend to like foods from the Middle East, the Mediterranean, Greek food, or Indian food, because of the spices and flavor profile. If you don't, you won't. If you finish this dish off with some diced onions and grated Cheddar cheese like I did, you'll be enjoying what they call in Cincinnati a "Four-Way," because of the four components, but feel free to serve as you like.

Easy Buckeye Bars

Rating: 4.44 stars

The traditional Ohio treat now made easier in bar form.