Amy Thielen's Top Recipes from Heartland Table

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Midwestern native Amy Thielen is back for a brand-new season of Heartland Table to showcase the best tastes and ingredients her region has to offer.

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  • 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.

  • Bologna Days has been occurring weekly in Amy Thielen's parents' Minnesota hometown since the 1960s. It's a celebration of hot ring bologna -- all you can eat -- coming fresh from the smoker at Thielen Meats, operated by Amy's cousins. This is a show about lake cabin food, which includes Midwestern Fried Bologna, Peppered Pork Loin and Parmesan Sandwiches on Grilled Flatbread and Fried Onion Dip.

  • The Midwest produces some of the most influential and commonplace cheeses in the country, and in this episode Amy Thielen celebrates the wide, comforting world of cheese dishes. Few can resist the charms of Crispy Cheese-Curd Risotto Cakes served with a side of Cherry Tomato-Arugula Salad, Best-Ever Cheese Soup and Hank's favorite Stovetop Mac and Cheese With Bacon.

  • As the weather breaks after a long, bitter winter in Northern Minnesota, tradition calls for the start of road trips. Amy Theilen heads to Madison, Wis., where she meets with local butcher and friend Johnny, who sends her home with delectable beef spare ribs from Fountain Prairie Farm. At her favorite cheese shop, Fromagination, Amy picks some of Wisconsin's best cheeses before stopping at Karben4, a new brewery that will supply her a smoked Porter used both as an ingredient and accompaniment to her recipes. Back at home, uses her collected ingredients to prepare Oven Baked Ribs, Smoked Sardine Caesar and Maple Bread With Washed Rind Cheese.

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  • 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.

About the Host

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

About the Show

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. She will also take us to meet the locals at their rural homes or restaurants, lakeside kitchens and working farms.

More About 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. She will also take us to meet the locals at their rural homes or restaurants, lakeside kitchens and working farms.

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