If you asked me to name my favorite food group, I would tell you it's cheese with zero hesitation. Cheese is everything to me. A friend of mine did the Whole30 Program in January, and I considered it for a few minutes... until I found out you can't eat dairy at ALL. One day without cheese is one too many, let alone 30.

The Food Network put together a slideshow of the '50 Best Cheesy Dishes' in America, with one dish selected from each state. I was excited to see that the winner for Iowa is a dish that I've actually tried before! If you've been to one of the Zombie Burger locations in Des Moines, Ankeny, or Coralville, then you've probably heard about the Walking Ched. If you haven't, it's basically a mac & cheese cheeseburger with fried mac & cheese buns. Here's how it's made, according to the article:

"To start, [Chef George] Formaro combines macaroni with an Alfredo-style sauce featuring Parmesan, cheddar and American cheeses, along with powdered cheddar for added depth of cheesy flavor, then pours the mixture into cooling tubes. Once chilled, the mac and cheese is cut into inch-thick discs, which are then coated with flour, egg and Panko breadcrumbs before being fried. Formaro uses two of these crisp rounds to bookend a beef patty topped with sliced Cheddar, bacon, caramelized onions, red onion, mayonnaise and a final flourish of gooey mac and cheese."

If you're wondering if it tastes as good as it sounds, it 100% does. I ordered the burger for the first time a few years ago and it will always be my favorite.

Now, I didn't know this, but there is ANOTHER place in the Corridor with a mac & cheese cheeseburger. I was on Instagram the other day and I came across this video from Saucy Focaccia in Cedar Rapids:

I haven't tried theirs yet, but you best believe I will be soon!

Check out the rest of the winners from the Food Network HERE.

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