9 Firefighter-Approved Recipes

We talked with some of Milwaukee's best to find out what real life firefighters are cooking up in their kitchens. Here are recipes inspired by their firehouse meals.

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Quick Potato Corn Chowder

On chilly days, Todd likes to whip up easy, hearty stews like a potato corn chowder. It’s a great stick-to-your-ribs starter. Serve up a big bowl with some bread and call it a main!

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Pepper Sausage Pizza

At Milwaukee’s Engine 27, every Friday is pizza night. They don’t mess around there—the firefighters make it all from scratch.
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Guinness Stew

Swap out the lamb in this recipe for pork butt and you have an Irish stew that firefighter Mike McGill serves up in the winter months at Milwaukee’s Engine 27 and Ladder 5.
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Classic Irish Soda Bread

Wondering what Milwaukee’s firefighters serve along with their Irish Guinness stew? Homemade soda bread, of course. This five-star recipe will get you started at home.
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Shrimp Po'Boys with Pineapple Slaw

Firehouse chef Todd Peck made po’ boys big enough to feed a small army. If you want to make your own at home, try this family-sized (not brigade-sized) recipe instead.
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German Beef Rouladen

As a firehouse cook for 15 years, Mike says that a classic beef rouladen is always a hit. Plus, this satisfying meal makes great use of an inexpensive cut of meat: round steak.
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Deluxe Mashed Potatoes

When it comes to side dishes, Mike says that mashed potatoes are a perennial favorite at the firehouse.
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Firehouse Chili

Is it even a firehouse kitchen without a good chili? We like this one because it’s hearty but quick to put together.
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Contest-Winning New England Clam Chowder

Looking to make clam chowder like experienced firehouse chef Todd Peck? We think this recipe is a pretty good copycat of his Engine 27 version.

Lisa Kaminski
Lisa is a former Taste of Home editor and passionate baker. During her tenure, she poured her love of all things sweet (and sometimes savory) into Bakeable, Taste of Home's baking club. Lisa also dedicated her career here to finding and testing the best ingredients, kitchen gear and home products for our Test Kitchen-Preferred program. At home, you'll find her working on embroidery and other crafts.