Just the sound of the name of this unappealing sounding dish is enough to make me gag. Dumplings alone are one of the foods that you either love or hate, there’s really no in-between.
Slippery dumplings are basically a Crock-Pot dish of savory chicken and noodles soaked in a gravy-like chicken broth. It doesn’t sound too bad based on that description, does it? But let’s see if you feel the same once you’re served a big bowl of it. Good luck. You’ll need it.
Georgia -- Ham Hocks
Ham Hocks is as Southern as it gets. If you think this mound of meat looks like a large swine knuckle, in fact, you're oddly correct because they are, indeed, pig knuckles. You should take a visit to the Queen state of the south if you want to try this "delicacy", where it'll probably be served in a stew or alongside a healthy serving of collard greens.
Most would say that ham hocks have an "acquired taste," so if you haven't been munching on these paws from a very early age, you'll probably never really get into them.
Florida -- Gator Tail
A wise one once said that the craziest people in America are from Florida. Well, this dish is surely making us think that there's some truth to that. Seriously, while "the Sunshine State" is known for having a plethora of culinary options, gator tail surely exposes its redneck, roots.
They stick the gator meat in stews, they mash it into burgers., they eat them along with gator ribs, for Jeb's sake! But while eating a (literal) cold-blooded killing machine might make some northerners queasy, the people of Florida dig right in. To be perfectly honest… it tastes just like chicken. Rubbery, succulent chicken. Reptile wins. And so does Florida. For once.
Connecticut -- New Haven Clam Pie
Pizza can be a sensitive topic, similar to politics, and there are a few schools of thought when it comes to how people prefer their cheesy pie. Some believe that a good pizza should be minimalistic, while others think it's all about the crust and the more topping the better...pepperoni, anchovies, pineapples...and in Connecticut, clams.
People from other states will never understand Connecticut's weird obsession with loading clams on everything. Most will agree that Clams are good, and even more, will agree that Pizza is delicious, but that doesn't mean they go together! Or does it? If you have the guts to try, please let us know. Thanks.
Arkansas -- Buffalo Ribs
Driving through the Ozarks region, you'll run into plenty of catfish joints, and some may even serve buffalo ribs. You're probably wondering how the heck they were able to hunt buffalo in Arkansas? As exciting as that may sound, you'll be disappointed to find out that it is just a fish actually. Yep, they may appear quite large to come from a fish, but that is just because buffalo fish aren't exactly goldfish.
So the next time you end up in Arkansas it's straight to the closest buffalo ribs joint, right? Wrong!