What should you eat in Iowa?

Iowa has a long and rich tradition of excellent food including pork and corn from the plentiful farmland statewide.

Breaded pork tenderloins are a popular choice for Iowans, especially during the Iowa State Fair when fried slabs of meat are about the size of your face and stand no chance of fitting into a bun.

The Original Maid-Rite Sandwich is a loose meat made with just the right combination of spices and meat. First created in 1926 by Fred Angell, the sandwich was declared to be “made right" by a happy customer, and the name, Maid-Rite, was history. Since then, this statewide tradition is a ground meat sandwich is topped with mustard, ketchup, onion and pickles.

Steak de Burgo is an inherently local preparation. Steak de Burgo features beef tenderloin topped with butter, garlic and Italian herbs.

Ham Balls are a popular pork creation that can be found on dinner tables and at potluck dinners. It is hard to eat just one of the flavorful small bites.

Fresh Sweet Corn is a mid-summer staple when farmers pack truck beds full of sweet corn to sell at markets and on street corners. Corn on the Cob is served to family and friends throughout the season.

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