Help Me Like Yankee Food

I was raised in Arkansas, and thus have been exposed almost exclusively to Southern Cuisine: fried catfish, fried okra, cornbread, biscuits and the like. Despite having lived in the St. Louis area for thirteen years, I still almost always stick with the old country recipes. I’ve shied away from what I’ve seen as “Yankee” food, but now I want to expand my culinary horizons.

So what Yankee dishes would be good for a country girl to try out?

Aside from Yankee Pot Roast, what else is considered “Yankee” food?

It’s not what they serve at the Yankee Stadium concession stands is it?

I have to say I have no idea what “Yankee food” would be. Different areas of the non-South have different regional foods as well.


Hmmm. I think Yankee food would be stuff like non-fried fish, lobster, Italian food, German food, or any other ethnic food from the people who mainly settled up north. Bratwurst, brown bread, Pennsylvania Dutch dishes, mmmmmmmm.

I’m a Southerner who is crazy about New England chowders – clam chowder, fish chowder, corn chowder. I also love crab or lobster Newberg. She-crab soup is terrific too. I’m not much of a cook though. The only recipe that I have to offer is for partan bree (crab soup) and the recipe comes from Scotland. That would be cheating.

At Christmas one of the Yanks in our family prepares roasted butternut squash. I really go for that!

What C3 said. Your pot roasts, your Boston cream pies (though I don’t know why they call it a pie when it’s a cake) and other northern delicacies.

I’m guessing that this southerner might be equating Yankee food with Fancy food.

But, Yankee food – like I know it – usually starts with rendering the fat from salt pork in the bottom of a pan. It’s not a stretch for a southerner to get on board with that.

They say the Mainer’s spice cabinet is salt, pepper and ketchup.

There are some creamy dishes like Salmon Wiggle, and there’s also chowder (with lots of rendered fat), pot roast, baked beans. Shepherd’s Pie was always made in Maine. These aren’t challenging things to like.

If you bet up Wisconsin/Chicago way, try beer-battered fish, straight from Lake Michigan.


This is a great time of year for apples. My personal favorites are Macintosh, with Empire a close second. And let’s not forget cider donuts. Great googly moogly, they’re good.

Another good one for this time of year is pumpkin pie.

My other northern favorites have been mentioned: clam chowder (New England, of course) and butternut squash.

By “Yankee food” do you mean specifically New England food or do you mean North of the Mason-Dixon Line food?
Here in the Pittsburgh area, for example, the cuisine was heavily influenced by Italian, German, and Eastern European immigrants. You never had lasagna, bratwurst, or pierogies?


Or deep-dish German Apple pie.

< Bosda sings> *Heaven! I’m in heaven!
And my heart beats so,
that I can hardly speak! *< ? Bosda sings>

A Yankee food thread without mention of Boston Baked Beans? Blasphemous!

Here’s to the city of Boston
Home of the bean and the cod.
Where the Lowells talk only to the Abbotts
And the Abbotts talk only to God.

Whenever I try to picture “Yankee food” in my head, I invariably get images of stuff like hot dogs and pizza. I suppose non-fried seafood (shellfish especially comes to mind) and as mentioned before, ethnic foods from groups of people who primarily settled up there (oddly enough, it seems that a lot of the German stuff is also Texan food, as we seem to have a suprisingly large Germanic population here).

As an aside, do they eat steak up there? I hear you guys make some pretty decent beef. :smiley:

Incidentally, I’ve only visited the bitter cold northern wilderness of Boston once, during a heat wave in summer. Temperatures as high as 85 degrees :dubious: (actually, the fact that the air was so humid you could swim in it did bother me a great deal)

In Wisconsin:

Pickled Apples
Pickled Grape Leaves
Rhubarb Pie
Cornish Pasties
Finnish Pasties
Chile- It’s not even close to what the southern states make. Macaroni in it and thin like soup.
Barbeques- Ground meat not pulled, brown sugar, and molasses.
Sauerkraut or Victory Cabbage

It’s Cabots, not Abbotts. Neither can be eaten.

Try their turnips, they actually only eat the roots. When my big haired Jersey MIL passed me her turnips the first time at a family meal, I wondered how she got “the greens” so hard and white, then I realized what they were. Definitely not as good, but try them anyway.

Excuse me? Did you just call she-crab soup a yankee food? Because this South Carolinian might cry at that.

Sliced Indiana tomatoes, still warm from the sun.
Sweet corn on the cob, ten minutes from the stalk in the backyard.
Inch-thick pork chops on the grill.

That’s what I used to serve my dad, to remind him why he came back to Indiana every year.

Zoe probably meant the Maryland version. Still south of the Mason-Dixon Line, though.