Minnesota Recipes

Ya, sure, we've got your hot dishes. But we also have recipes for real wild rice, walleye, and venison. Find more favorites from Minnesota cooks.

Staff Picks

Marianne's Hot Dish

Rating: 3.75 stars
This is a twist on Tater Tot® hot dish. This is an easy recipe to personalize. You can use any ground meat or a mixture of beef and pork. I often use smoked Gouda cheese, Havarti cheese, and I bet Swiss cheese would be good, too. The vegetable can be easily switched to any vegetable you like (string beans, broccoli, or mixed veggies). I would use fresh or frozen rather than canned if you can.

Minnesota Pork Chops

Rating: 4.25 stars
This is a very good recipe that I got from my home state, Minnesota. Every summer when we come and visit, we are sure to buy wild rice for this casserole.

Minnesota Mail Carrier Cookies

Rating: 4.25 stars
These cookies have a funny name but they sure taste good. Make a plate up for your mail carrier.

Larb - Laotian Chicken Mince

Rating: 4.32 stars
A Vietnamese friend taught me how to make this dish that originates from Laos and Cambodia. If you can't find galangal, substitute fresh ginger and a squirt of lime juice. Pre-ground chicken, turkey or pork may be used instead of the chicken thigh meat. Serve with sticky rice or in lettuce cups.

Easy Snow Ice Cream

Rating: 4 stars
The only thing that makes shoveling two feet of snow during a cold Minnesota winter sweet fun!

Minnesota Wild Rice Dressing

Rating: 4.67 stars
This recipe was given to me by a friend, and it has been a family tradition ever since. No need to stuff the turkey. This dressing can be made the day before Thanksgiving and heated in the microwave 10 minutes before serving!

Minnesota Golf Course Chili

Rating: 4.45 stars
This is the best and easiest chili I have ever had. I make it often and if there are any leftovers I freeze some to pull out for a cold winter day.

Tater Tot Hot Dish II

Rating: 4.34 stars
This is an old recipe, easy and kids usually like it. If you like, add green beans over the hamburger and skip the onion rings if desired.

Best Fried Walleye

Rating: 4.81 stars
This is the recipe my dad has been using for 25 years. It's light and clean-tasting because there's no sense in masking the naturally delicious flavor of such an awesome Canadian delicacy! No tartar sauce needed!

Juicy Lucy Burgers

Rating: 4.54 stars
A favorite of Minnesotans! The famous Juicy Lucy! Mmmm. So good. You MUST use American cheese on this to achieve the juiciness in the middle! I like sauteed mushrooms and onions on mine!

Slider-Style Mini Burgers

Rating: 4.58 stars
These remind me of my favorite fast food restaurant's little burgers! Perfect appetizer to bring to a party!

Chef John's Juicy Lucy

Rating: 4.63 stars
This isn't just any old cheeseburger. Depending on whom you talk to, this cheese-stuffed burger is either called a "Juicy Lucy," or a "Jucy Lucy." That's because two restaurants in Minneapolis claim to have invented it, and they spell it differently. Make sure you thoroughly and thoughtfully press the edges of the two patties together to seal in the cheese stuffing, which keeps the meat juicier. Spread your favorite burger sauce over the bun.

Inspiration and Ideas

Juicy Lucy Burgers

"Minnesota's contribution to the culinary world! Don't forget to let this gem sit for a few minutes before taking your first bite, or you will have molten lava dribbling down your chin." – duckman

Minnesota Wild Rice Soup

"Extremely satisfying and completely vegetarian." – chel79

Colene's Easy Tomato Vegetable Soup

Rating: 4.36 stars

My friend Colene used to serve this to help her family get through some cold Minnesota winters. Though she was a busy mom and career woman, Colene could whip this one up in no time! Try adding macaroni or hamburger for some variety.