The U.S. state of Virginia has a cuisine perfected over decades to the irresistible richness that runs parallel to its historical course. Abounding in savoury dishes, the state offers a satiating experience to all its visitors.
18 Delicious Dishes to try in the State of Virginia
1. Homemade Peach Cobbler
Neither too cakey nor too biscuity it’s a tongue-soothing sweet dish often served with ice cream that you must try when in Virginia. Peach Cobblers are made with frozen boiled peaches along with cinnamon, nutmeg, all-purpose flour, sugar and other ingredients.
2. Apple Pie
Apple Pie’s something which you can find all over Virginia, especially the beaches. It’s the most famous American Dessert and as the name suggests, is made with apples!
3. Brunswick Stew
A tangy yet healthy stew made with mostly tomato as the base and beans, vegetables, and meat or chicken. It’s said that originally, squirrel and rabbit meat was used to make this dish, however, now they use different types of meat.
4. Devilled Eggs
Take a chill pill, it’s not an actual devil, ‘devil’ was a term used to refer to spicy food. Devilled Eggs are made with mustard, pepper or other ingredients stuffed in the yolk.
5. Smithfield Country Ham
These are heavily salted hams and are really delicious to eat.
6. Chesapeake Crabcakes
Chesapeake crabcakes are just perfect for lunch. Its made with crab meat combined with butter and little seasonings.
What else are you visiting Virginia for if you love oysters and you haven’t tried any here? Oysters of Virginia have the taste of the waters of Virginia.
8. Stone Ground Pancakes
Also known as Whole Wheat Pancake, it is a healthy option for breakfast and brunch. These pancakes are tastier than usual pancakes and are a must-try.
Barbeque can be found all over the world but sauces used in every part of Virginia are different and you will find varied options of barbeque as you travel from North Virginia to South.
10. Ham biscuits
These are traditional dishes that you’ll find in Virginia. It’s made up of salted Smithfield Ham and a little pepper jelly.
11. Cornmeal Fried Oyster Sandwich
Cornmeal Fried Oyster Sandwiches are made with fresh oysters coated with cornmeal and egg on the top and are placed inside the bread along with lettuce, mayonnaise and other ingredients as required.
12. Sliced Brisket
Brisket is meat from the breast or lower chest of beef. It can be cooked in many ways, including baking, boiling and roasting.
Dinuguan is a stew made with pork’s lungs, kidneys, intestines, ears, heart and snout along with the gravy of pig blood, chilli and vinegar. It’s often eaten as a main course.
14. Peanut Soup
Peanuts are found all over Virginia, hence it’s easy to find peanut soup anywhere you travel there.
15. Virginia Spoon Bread
No, it’s not a spoon-shaped bread! It’s custard-like cornbread that you can scoop with a spoon. You just cannot stop yourself from eating it again if you have tasted it at least once.
16. Chilled Watermelon Soup
Watermelon juices are something that you must have tried, but ever tasted watermelon soup? Watermelon soup is the best drink to beat the humidity of Virginia and is served with feta and mint.
17. Turkey Casserole
Turkey can be found at any time of the year over here. Turkey is nestled in pasta and sauce to make the perfect dinner, i.e Turkey casserole.
Okay, you just can’t go from Virginia if you haven’t tried the shrimps here. The shrimps you find here are authentic and delectable and a must-try.