Midwestern Christmas Foods You Should Try This Year

Cheese is big in Wisconsin and beyond, and no Midwestern party—regardless of the time of year—is complete without at least one cheesy appetizer.

Make-Ahead Mini Cheese Balls

Pigs in a blanket are a quintessential Midwestern party snack. To level-up the concept for Midwestern Christmas menus, we tucked the little piggies into a monkey bread-style “wreath.

Pull-Apart Piggy Bread

At nearly every Midwestern table, you can’t go wrong by sharing potatoes any which way. Come Christmas, though, potato skins always cue instant nostalgia for the members of Team BHG who grew up in the center of America.

Party-Ready Potato Skins

Ranch isn’t just served on salads in the Midwest. Here, you’ll find it paired with wings, vegetables, French fries, cheese curds, and even pizza.

Parmesan-Ranch Sweet Potato Snack Mix

We recently spoke with a Midwestern butcher, and he confirmed that they sell far more tenderloin than prime rib or poultry come Christmas season.

Pan-Roasted Beef Tenderloin with Mushrooms

Ham is also a popular main dish for festive Midwestern celebrations. This centerpiece is a winner any time of year, however due to a couple of the glaze options, we typically think of it (and share it) around Christmas.

Holiday Ham

Every menu needs some sides, and if you’ve ever been to a Midwestern supper club, you know that bread is a Midwesterner’s BFF.

Overnight Refrigerator Rolls

Scroll through the most popular Thanksgiving dishes in every state, and you’ll notice that green bean casserole makes several appearances across the Midwest, from Michigan to Nebraska to Ohio.

Smoky Green Bean Casserole