Amy Thielen

Amy Thielen

Amy Thielen

Ready to share her Midwest, Amy is a former chef who returned to America's heartland after a stint in the Big Apple. She's celebrating comfort food favorites on the second season of Heartland Table.

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  • Heartland Table

    Harvesting and processing fresh horseradish root is a tradition in Amy's community. Amy invites her neighbors over for a horseradish-spiked feast: Beef Stew With Red Wine, Mushrooms and Horseradish Cream, Roasted Shrimp Wraps With Homemade Cocktail Sauce and a sprawling Bloody Mary bar.

  • Heartland Table

    To Amy Thielen's Grandma Addie, butter was the essential lifeblood of every dish. The famous Midwestern double-crust fruit pies rely solely on the quality of butter to achieve the perfect crust, gathered from independent creameries across the Midwest. After visiting Nordin Creamery in Westby, Wis., Amy butters up to prepare Blueberry Lemon Pie, New Potatoes With Grilled Onion Butter and Greens With Spiced Butter and Fresh Ricotta.

  • Heartland Table

    In the tradition of her grandmother, Amy Thielen roasts a local chicken "granny style" together with a plain, natural gravy and bread stuffing which is prepared with a medley of Swiss chard, caramelized onions, some mashed giblets cooked with sherry and lots of parsley and chives. For dessert, Amy whips up a super simple dessert of Rhubarb Spears baked in Wild Raspberry Syrup.

  • Heartland Table

    Amy Thielen has been visiting the town of Fargo, N.D., since she was a young teenager. She meets up with friend and fellow-chef Andrea Baumgartner, and the two prepare Icelandic pancakes to celebrate Fargo's first generation of immigrants. Back at home, Amy prepares Spit Cooked Lamb Shoulder served with an herb yogurt and Edamame tossed with pea shoots and dill salt, showing off some of the more contemporary African and Southeast Asian influences found in Fargo.

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  • Heartland Table

    Amy Thielen celebrates everything outdoors as her neighbors bring back the freshest catch in order to prepare a crispy Skinned Trout With Butter Sauce. Amy's garden provides the inspiration behind a Green Salad With Brown Butter Balsamic Walnut Vinaigrette and Sheep's Milk Cheese. On the grill, Amy enjoys grilling skewers of tomatoes, onion, bacon and bread, served with a ripe Cheddar aged in a cave by cheesemaker friend, Willi Lehner of Blue Mont Dairy.

About Amy Thielen

Amy Thielen, the host of Heartland Table on Food Network, grew up a few miles from the headwaters of the Mississippi River in Minnesota. More

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Heartland Table

Join Amy Thielen, native Midwesterner, chef and connoisseur of all things authentically Midwestern, in her charming cabin kitchen as she cooks some of the heartland’s most delicious and often surprising dishes.