My wife grew up in west central Illinois… I spent most of the nineties in central Illinois farm country, going to college, grad school, and then seminary; running a business; and beginning a ministry.
One of the local “delacacies” of central Illinois is the horseshoe – potatotoes, bread, meat (sausage, beef, bacon, etc) more potatoes, or tator tots, or fries… all covered in something gooey like gravy or cheese.
Total health food:) Anyway, this item was the preferred “after Friday night” food in Macomb were I went to school. Haven’t had one in years. And here it is: