Arkansas, like most states, does not have an 'official' state food. It does, however, offer several edible symbols include milk & pink tomato. The state cooking vessel is the Dutch Oven. Food varies from curing ham, roasting pork ribs over open fires, and baking soda biscuits and molasses cakes...to the Plantation cookery of the Mississippi Valley, the hill cooking of the Ozarks, and the Mexican influcences of Texas and Oklahoma combing to make a unique style of food...
There is a great emphasis of real "down-home" flavors.
Quapaw cuisine ( French & Spanish)
Smoked buffalo tongues.
Purple hull peas
Arkansas Persimmon Pudding
Hot Pepper Relish
Fried pork chops with a light-brown cream gravy
Sausage is also used in poultry stuffings with rice.
Arkansas-style chicken (simmering the chicken pieces in a skillet and then bake them in the oven with a Creole sauce)