Michael's 7 Cleveland Classics

  • By Ellie Sher

Homesick for the Buckeye State? The Chew’s Cleveland native (ahem, Michael Symon) shares his go-to dishes originating from his hometown.

1. Cleveland BBQ Sauce

Almost as good as Michael's signature Sha Sha Sauce, this zippy BBQ sauce is a staple for any grilling guru. With a hefty dose of chipotle peppers and ballpark mustard, this spicy dipping sauce is not for the weak of heart.

Recipe: Cleveland BBQ Sauce

2. Polish Boy Sandwich

Native to Cleveland, this sausage sandwich contains everything but the kitchen sink. Think: fried kielbasa, French fries, coleslaw, and hot sauce all exploding from a hoagie bun.

Recipe: Polish Boy Sandwich

3. Cleveland Dip Sandwich

As the ultimate pork lover, Michael never passes on a tender spice-rubbed pork sandwich topped with hot pickled peppers (naturally) and a rich dipping sauce for an even juicier bite.

Recipe: Cleveland Dip Sandwich

4. Cleveland Bratwurst

Pork isn’t the only thing this Iron Chef would risk his life for. A juicy bratwurst jives on a doughy pretzel roll topped with pungent sauerkraut and Chef Symon’s favorite mustard.

Recipe: Cleveland Bratwurst

5. Moons Over Cleveland Breakfast Sandwich

Only fitting for the 5 in 5 master, this quick and easy breakfast sandwich comes together with yup, you guessed it, 5 minutes on the clock. Soft scrambled eggs are topped with a slice of ham steak and finished with plenty of gruyere cheese.

Recipe: Moons Over Cleveland Breakfast Sandwich

6. Pierogi Lasagna

A Cleveland favorite, pierogis take on new form in this hearty lasagna made with Michael’s signature Pieorgi Dough.

Recipe: Pierogi Lasagna

7. Cleveland Kielbasa Stew

When filming in New York and far away from home, we imagine Michael noshing on this comforting stew all week long. With 3 of his favorite things – meat, beer, and potatoes – it’s no wonder he converted his wife, Lizzie, from her vegetarian ways.

Recipe: Cleveland Kielbasa Stew


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