Iowa Recipes

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Iowa Pork Steak

Rating: 4.56 stars
Easy and tasty recipe for fork tender pork steaks.

Iowa Maid-Rites

Rating: 4.05 stars
I came up with my own version of Iowa MaidRites which also are called 'loose meat' sandwiches. Very versatile, leftover beef can be used for spaghetti or taco filling, or it can be frozen for later use.

Iowa City Oatmeal Cookies

Rating: 4.36 stars
Oatmeal cookies with all the trimmings. A delicious snack anytime.

Quick Lemon Crisps

Rating: 4.08 stars
This recipe was given to me years ago while visiting an aunt in Iowa. It is so easy that even my sister who can't bake to save her life, got them to turn out.

Herb Roasted Pork

Rating: 4.74 stars
Herb-rubbed roasted pork loin with a sweet, tangy glaze.

Bologna Salad Sandwich Spread I

Rating: 4.24 stars
A girlfriend's mom made this spread years ago for our Teen Club Luncheon back in Iowa in the 50's. I asked her to tell my Mom how to make it. I made the recipe for my kids while they were growing up & they still love it. Sweet relish and eggs round out the flavor of bologna in this simple but delicious spread. Serve it on cocktail toast, or use it in sandwiches. The amount of egg, creamy salad dressing and relish should be adjusted to taste.


Rating: 3.11 stars
Dutch stroopwafels (translation: molasseswaffles) Foreign people love them, so I translated this Dutch recipe to English.

Garlic Roasted Summer Squash

Rating: 4.45 stars
The simplest things are often the tastiest. At the height of summer here in Iowa we have a LOT of produce to choose from, and this is a nice and easy way to enjoy summer squashes and zucchini.

Glazed Ham

Rating: 4.67 stars
A raw ham is slow roasted, then seasoned with a sweet smoky sauce during the last hour to make a memorable meal with little actual work involved.

Kendra's Maid-Rite Sandwiches

Rating: 4.19 stars
Easiest Maid-Rite recipe EVER!!

Dutch Croquetten

Rating: 3.7 stars
This yummy Dutch snack is sure to please! Seasoned veal dumplings are breaded and then fried. Replace ground veal with lean beef, chicken, or stuff with spiced Gouda!

Runzas (Bierocks)

Rating: 4.42 stars
My mother-in-law introduced me to this and it kinda stuck. I am from Iowa, now in Kentucky, and the only way I can get this is by making it at home.

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Smothered Pheasant
Rating: Unrated
This is my mom's recipe for preparing the pheasants my dad would bring in during hunting season in Iowa. I use only the breasts from the birds, but you can use the other parts of the pheasant as well. This makes its own gravy that is delicious on mashed potatoes.

Iowa City Oatmeal Cookie (Cocktail)

Rating: 5 stars

The bartenders at my favorite Iowa City Irish pub make this delicious shot. Be careful! One is wonderful, two is trouble!