Indiana may not be renowned for its cuisine, but a handful of dishes are recognized as state classics. Indiana also brought brands such as Van Camps baked beans, Orville Redenbacher popcorn and Wonder Bread to national attention. But if you want to sample true Hoosier specialties, you'll probably have to take a trip to the heartland of the state.
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Pork Tenderloin Sandwich
Indiana's pork tenderloin sandwich consists of a deep-fried breaded pork tenderloin cutlet placed on a soft hamburger bun. The meat spills over past the edge of the bread. The sandwich is dressed with a variety of condiments including ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, lettuce, tomato, pickles and onion.
Sugar Cream Pie
A specialty of Indiana's Amish population, sugar cream pie has been designated Indiana's official state pie. It is such a uniquely Indiana dessert that it is sometimes called Hoosier pie. The filling consists simply of cream, sugar, a thickener of eggs, flour or cornstarch and sometimes a dash of vanilla.
Indiana's persimmon pudding is a "pudding" in the English sense -- that is, a steamed cake or a flourless baked dish. Persimmon pudding is moist and highly seasoned with cinnamon and other warm spices. It utilizes the soft pulp of hachiya persimmons, although if you can find them, American persimmons can also be used. The town of Mitchell, Indiana, holds an annual Persimmon Festival where persimmon pudding bake-offs are a key event.