Yesterday at the diner we went to for breakfast I elected to get sausage gravy and biscuits. My original intention was to get pancakes, but I can't resist the siren song of sausage gravy and biscuits. I mean, really, who can?
Well, apparently, the MiL. A. mentioned when I ordered my creamy fat on bread that sausage gravy and biscuits was totally unknown in this area until about ten years ago, when it migrated north from Pennsylvania. He sought confirmation of this fact from the MiL, who not only confirmed it, but added that the thought of sausage gravy was a scary one to her.
Obviously, this is a woman who needs to have a religious sausage gravy moment.
This got me thinking about regional foods. Which leads us to . . . The Question of the Day! Yes, it's AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION DAY! WHEEEE!
I know, the excitement is overwhelming.
So, if I were to show up at your house demanding to be fed (which, quite honestly, is pretty likely--the demanding to be fed, not the showing up at your house, I mean), what regional food would you tell me I must sample? What food is so inextricably linked with your area that when you're away from home for any length of time, your first action upon returning home is eating that food?
Go on--make my mouth water.
P.S. The first comment made me aware that I was not entirely clear in my question. So, no, it doesn't have to be a breakfast item. And even if I were eating it for breakfast, it could still be anything, because I will very happily eat tuna salad or leftovers from an Italian restaurant (nothing like five cloves of garlic at 7 a.m. to wake you right up!) for breakfast. Those are not hypothetical examples.
P.P.S. I am now thinking of taking a cross-country road trip solely to visit all of you and eat your food. However, make sure when you comment you tell me where you are. How am I gonna know the regional food if I don't know the region? I mean, I can GUESS a brain sandwich is somewhere in the south, but where? I'm all about educated gluttony.