Check out this list of “the United Steaks of America,” aka the ostensible official meat of every state in the country. Some of them make a lot of sense (Hawaii = Spam); some of them are funny (California = tofu); but Maryland’s just doesn’t make sense to me.
According to Slate writer L.V. Anderson, the state meat of Maryland should be “corned ham” – but, more specifically, a special kind of corned ham that has has a bunch of holes poked into it and then gets stuffed with kale, cabbage, and onions.
That sounds…okay, I guess. I’ve never really been a fan of ham, but apparently it’s an Eastern Shore delicacy. My real question is, why didn’t Anderson pick either pit beef (duh!), lake trout (double duh!), or –ahem– crab cakes (triple duh)!? She writes in her intro that she tried to stick with mammals, but that seems like an arbitrary decision to me–especially since Maryland is one of the few states that actually does have an animal product as its official state food. And it’s the blue crab. As it should be.
Read the full list here.
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