Super Bowl menu?
- The Librarian Jan 16, 2012 04:46 PM
The person who's hosting the SB party we're going to likes to serve food from the city where the game's being played. What foods are popular in and unique to Indianapolis? I've never been there and live near San Francisco so I'm totally clueless. Any thoughts? If I can't come up with anything, I'm thinking pigs in blankets and deviled eggs, but I thought I'd check with the experts first!
This probably isn't much help, but a few years ago I did some research on the history of the state for a documentary. When I was in Indianapolis, and went to the Indy 500 museum, they had lots of signs for turkey drumsticks at the track. I guess it's somewhat of a tradition. But....I doubt that many people would even make the connection....
Apparently Indianapolis is the place to go for breaded pork tenderloin sandwiches. The meat should extend outside the perimeter of the bun. A quick WWW search will give you recipes and other Indy food. I did a quick search and discovered that Hurst's Beans is headquartered in Indianapolis, you know, the 15 Bean Soup people? I don't know if that means they eat a lot of that soup there, but that's where they package the beans.
I have family who have lived in Indianapolis all my life. I've been going there to visit since 1971 and I've never encountered a breaded pork tenderloin sandwich. A shame really, since they sound really good! I've had a lot of wonderful food in Indpls over the years, but nothing I could reasonably call a local specialty.
My aunt used to refer to Indpls (my uncle dubbed it "India-no-place" in the 1950's and it stuck) as "we live in a cornfield with lights, you know": Corn chowder, fritters, pudding, anything corny.
White Castle didn't start out in Indpls, but they've been there since the 1920's. Sliders?
There is also a growing community in Indy from India, so my second generation of cousins, raised on 60's midwestern fare have adopted several Indian dishes as their own.
There is a historic farm settlement outside of Indpls, Connor Prairie Farm (now affiliated with the Smithsonian). They do a lot with apples in the fall, but I can't say whether the apples are grown locally.
In the southern half of the state, Brown County is known for fried biscuits with apple butter. These are yeast biscuits, deep fried, served warm, with apple butter. I haven't had any since the 1970's and I still remember how good they were. http://www.examiner.com/chef-recipes-...