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Sep 22, 2011 10:10 AM

Looking for Indianapolis / Indiana Dishes

I'm hoping CH will prove useful, as usual. Here's the setup:

I am a Steelers fan from Pittsburgh. On weeks that the Steelers have an away game my friends and I endeavor to cook a few dishes for which the home city/region is known. For example, the Steelers played in Baltimore a couple weeks ago, and we cooked crab soup, pit beef sandwiches, Old Bay dusted chips, and even rustled up some Natty Boh beer.

This Sunday night the Steelers play the Colts in Indianapolis. I am hoping the board might be able to suggest a few dishes that we could incorporate into our Indianapolis-themed menu. This is what we have so far:

Fried Pork Tenderloin Sandwiches: I've looked into these a little bit, and they sound tasty. I've found a number of different recipes/preparations and think I know how I want to approach making these sandwiches, but if anyone has any recipes or tips, they are appreciated. The following CH thread has been helpful with this:

Sweet Corn: I'm thinking of doing corn relish, or maybe just grilling up some corn. Creamed corn? I don't know. I'm not sure what preparations are considered the most traditional/notable/tastiest from around the Indianapolis region.

Other than that, I'm coming up short on ideas for foods we could cook. I've run a few searches on these boards as well as the wider web and just don't see anything that jumps out at me.

All suggestions are greatly appreciated. Thanks, again.

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  1. Wish I would've seen this post earlier... for future reference:

    St. Elmo's (our signature local steakhouse) shrimp cocktail would be a fun choice. Get the biggest shrimp you can find, and whip up a cocktail sauce with as much fresh horseradish as you can stand and some wasabi for fun. Serve with lemon wedges and saltines and watch your friends cry from the pain.

    We like our corn in any preparation, but sweet corn puddings are my favorite. I kinda cheat and use the cornbread recipe from the Jiffy box and add sugar and a can of creamed corn. Turns it nice and goopy.

    Also, you're spot on with your tenderloins. Unless the tenderloins are paper thin and at least twice the size of their buns, you're doing it wrong.

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    1. re: chefpar

      The shrimp and cocktail sauce sounds like it would've been a good option. We all like a good, spicy cocktail sauce, and the spread could've used a good finger-food like that.

      What we ended up doing was:
      Fried Pork Tenderloin Sandwiches - Sure enough, the tenderloins were pounded thin, fried perfectly, and at least double the bun size.

      Grilled Corn on the Cob - I knew I wanted to do corn, and without another great idea I resorted to this favorite stand-by.

      Pork & Beans - When I was looking up Indianapolis food-stuffs I think I remember seeing something about one of the first, or one of the earliest and most prominent canned pork & beans suppliers to the US Army was founded in Indy. Of course, we didn't just prepare it from the cans but made it fresh. It worked well with the meal.

      Thanks for the shrimp cocktail and corn pudding suggestions, though. I will definitely store those away for another day.

    2. Sugar cream pie is the official Indiana state pie. It's basically a custard pie. You might also try to seek out some Capriole goat cheese--a well known and respected artisanal cheese company from Indiana. You might be able to work out some tasty dish with that. I realize the game is over, but I have to say that I love your idea!

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      1. re: nofunlatte

        Thanks, nofunlatte! We have fun with it.

        I heard plenty about this sugar cream pie; I've never had one, and I have to say I am intrigued. I generally do well with desserts, and have made a number of really good custards, but, for whatever reason, we just decided to skip dessert this time. This, though, is another one I will definitely store away.

        I really wish I could've gotten to my local cheese store before the game. We often make up a board of some local, or regional, cheeses. I hadn't looked it up, but I assumed I could procure a number of cheeses from Indiana. Unfotunately, I never got to make the stop.

        1. re: MonMauler

          Loved sugar cream pie on my visit to Indy in June. I had it at Shapiro's Deli which is almost in the shadow of the stadium where the Colts play.

          No matter what, you should have a good party. The Colts are pretty sad without Peyton and Curtis Painter is no Matt Cassel.