Wednesday, March 24, 2010

West Virginia State Dinner

Pepperoni Rolls
Fried potatoes with green onions
Apple Butter Oatmeal Bars
Apple Juice

This dinner is a little heavy on the carbs.

In the early 1900s, Italian immigrants moved to West Virginia to work in the coal mines. An enterprising restaurant owner created pepperoni rolls, a meat and cheese filled roll that was easy to carry into the mines for lunch. At one time, these rolls were rarely seen outside the state. They are found in just about every grocery store, bakery and gas station in West Virginia.

Ramp is a wild vegetable that grows in West Virginia. The Ramp Feed is held in Richwood each April. Ramp is a member of the onion family. They look a little like a green onion and have been referred to as the King of Stink. Ramp is often fried with potatoes. I used left over garlic mashed potatoes, added an egg and a bunch of chopped green onions and then fried up the patties in a little olive oil.

The Golden Delicious apple is the state fruit of West Virginia. The West Virginia Apple Butter Festival is held in Berkeley Springs every fall. I smeared a little more apple butter on top of the bars when they were cooked.

1 comment:

mshel333 said...

Interesting! I never knew Italians settled in WV. Food looks good!