by Candace Nelson

10 delicious Appalachian foods you need to try

The Appalachian region is a 205,000-square-mile area extending from southern New York to northern Mississippi.

So it makes sense that Appalachian cuisine is as diverse as the region is vast.

Here are 10 food items from the region that you should try.

Pepperoni rolls

This dish is simply bread stuffed with cheese, sauce and other filling ingredients. It was once a quick meal for West Virginia coal miners.

Beans and cornbread

Made with pinto beans, ham, salt and pepper, and served with diced white onions and cornbread, this dish is a wintertime favorite.

Buckwheat cakes

These pancakes are made with buckwheat flour, giving them a slightly sour or yeasty flavor. They’re served with bacon or sausage patties and topped with maple syrup.


Appalachia’s tropical fruit, the pawpaw, has a banana and mango flavor. It can be found in a wide range of dishes like pawpaw beer, pawpaw ice cream and pawpaw butter.


These springtime mushrooms can be sautéed with butter and seasoned with pepper and salt to add umami flavor to any dish.


This garlicky-onion is a foraged favorite throughout Appalachia.

West Virginia hot dogs

Chili, slaw, mustard and onions are the four pillars of the perfect West Virginia hot dog.

Maple syrup

Maple syrup is used in everything from glazed greens and pancakes to poultry and pork in Appalachia.


Venison, or deer, is a wild game commonly seen on menus in the Mountain South. Its mild flavor is often accented with foraged fruits and berries.

Apple stack cake

Thin layers of sorghum-sweetened cake are stacked with a dried apple filling to make this delicious Appalachian dessert.



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