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Cannibal Sandwiches Are Wisconsin's Long-Standing Tradition
The cannibal sandwich is a huge part of Wisconsin's food history. It consists of raw ground beef, sliced raw onions, and spices served over a slice of bread or with crackers.
The origins of the sandwich seem to date back to the 1800s, when Wisconsin saw an influx of German immigrants. In Germany, there's a similar raw pork sandwich called the "mett."
As immigrant communities formed, the "mett" transformed into the cannibal sandwich, using beef instead of pork, and soon became a staple in Wisconsin.
It eventually became a tradition to serve the cannibal sandwich on special occasions. Despite the potential health risks, many Wisconsinites value the tradition.