The United States of America is a melting pot of a variety of cultures from around the world and the same goes for the cuisine. Americans have their own versions of almost every single cuisine in the world and no doubt they love to eat. The US can be called as the birthplace of fast food but that doesn’t necessarily mean that American only love to eat fast food. I wouldn’t stereotype by putting comments like America is the unhealthiest country in the world or American are the most obese. Americans have invented some of the most delicious lip smacking dishes and meals for centuries. They love to celebrate, get together, as is quite obvious from the way they jubilate on thanksgiving and Christmas. It’s an occasion for the whole family to get together and have fun. So I decided to compile a list of foods that Americans love to eat, although there are so many more American foods I’d love to include, but since I am allowed only ten, the following list would suffice. Your suggestions are more than welcome.
The united steaks of America or the steak loving Americans, that’s what Americans are usually called, most often than not for their love of tender, juicy steaks. Steak is a food, most preferred by the Americans; they love the sizzle and energy that comes with it. Most Americans prefer grilling it, cooking it in sauce, pan-frying it or broiling it. Steak is a slice of meat cut from a fleshy part of a beef carcass which is usually had for dinner in typical American homes. Beef being an excellent source of protein is another reason why Americans prefer steaks, most commonly as comfort food too, besides being a dinner regular. Steaks are topped off with lime juice, mushrooms, herbs, lots of spices, tomatoes, rosemary sauce, garlic, olive oil, sesame seeds and lots of other vegetables and seasonings. They also love having it with a variety of salads or delicious juicy cuts of beef in an assortment of sandwiches with pickled peppers and cheese. The fourth of July is one holiday when Americans love grilling and steak usually tops the list.
9. Apple Pie
As American as apple pie, that basically sums up America’s love for apple pie. It is America’s favorite dessert, sort of a cultural icon. It’s the most preferred desert choice on the fourth of July and thanksgiving. Especially during winters, Americans love having a hot buttery slice of pie or even a cold slice. However surprisingly, apple pie does not find its origin in the USA; in fact apples aren’t even native to the US. It is an old English dessert that was brought to the US by English immigrants; it is a fruit pie, with a delicious buttery flaky crust, which is filled with baked apples, which can be acidic and crisp, sugar, salt, lemon juice, nutmeg and cinnamon. American apple pie usually has a latticed top, that is slices or strips of dough or pastry put over the pie in a criss cross pattern, sprinkled with milk and egg wash and dusted with more sugar and cinnamon and baked for 15 to 20 minutes. It is then served with ice cream, or cheddar cheese or whipped cream. Whether homemade, grandma’s pie, or bakery, or restaurant pie, Americans find apple pie to be the most satisfying dessert.
8. Hot Dog
How many times have you seen people in movies rushing out to buy a hot dog? The streets of New York and Manhattan are littered with hot dog vendors and stalls. And I’m pretty sure you must’ve seen or even participated in hot dog eating contest where people have to consume a certain amount of dogs in a given time. Nothing complements an American baseball game or a summer cookout than a hot dog. Americans are said to consume over 150 million hot dogs on the fourth of July alone. What makes this seemingly simple bun and sausage dish so iconic? For one, It is a cheap and cheerful way to beat those afternoon hunger pangs .Americans can thanks the Germans for their Frankfurters or a sausage make in Frankfurt, Germany, which is said to have been bought to the US by European immigrants .But it was the polish immigrant Nathan Handwerker who opened a hot dog stand in Coney island making it a national American icon. The sausage is grilled or steamed and served in a bun with garnishes such as mustard, ketchup, onions, mayonnaise, cheese, chili, relish, sauerkraut, lettuce, tomatoes and chili peppers.
A typical American breakfast usually consists of pancakes with a serving of coffee or juice. American pancakes basically mean round, fluffy, spongy and soft pancakes dripping with the quintessential topping, maple syrup. No pancake is complete with a good lashing of maple syrup or sometimes chocolate sauce. They are also cooked on weekends or Sundays, kind of like a daily morning ritual. Pancakes are thin, fluffy round cakes prepared from a batter of flour, water, milk and eggs and cooked on a flat hot surface. They are served with a variety of toppings such as jam, syrup or fruits. There are lots of different kinds of pancakes like Americans love to have, mostly with fruits and fillings like chocolate chips, blueberry, strawberry, honey, cheese, bananas and apples. They are also dusted with powdered sugar or whipped cream. Pancake Day is also celebrated in America which basically shows their love for this delicious breakfast dish.
56 percent Americans would recommend barbeque as the must try dish of the United States. Ever seen typical American homes with a barbeque grill out on the lawn? Americans love barbequing, especially during summers, they have BBQ parties with beer and steaks and lots of other foods. Barbeque basically is a method to cook meat, Americans prefer, grilling using charcoal or propane fire or by smoking the meat over wood and charcoal. Roasting and cooking animals over fire has been a tradition since the birth of mankind but Americans are the ones who have perfected this tradition over the years, memorial day weekends being the most preferred holidays for barbequing and slow roasting pork, with a good barbeque sauce. Southern America is the region where barbequing is favored the most, where pork, chicken and mutton is grilled, smoked or roasted and served with a variety of sauces. Americans are barbeque enthusiasts and come July, the whole barbequing ritual begins in the backyard.
5. Spaghetti and Meatballs
Americans are known for their love of Italian food, with pasta and spaghetti being the most favored Italian dishes. In spite of having Italian and Sicilian origins, Americans have evolved their own version of comfort food that is the classic American spaghetti and meatballs. If you go to Italy, you won’t find any such dish, and if you do, it’s mainly to satisfy the typical American tourist. Spaghetti is long, cylindrical pasta, made of semolina, flour and water, cooked in a large pot of salted water and then drained in a coriander. The dish was assimilated first by Italian immigrants in the 19th century. Meatballs are round ground balls of meat, breadcrumbs, eggs, butter and Parmigiano-Reggiano, which are soaked in tomato sauce and served with a pile of spaghetti .The American way Is usually to top off with chili, shredded cheddar cheese ,chopped onions and red kidney beans. Moms love preparing this Italian American dish and Americans consider this to be the most satisfying Italian dish.
4. Buffalo Wings
It’s no secret that Americans love their buffalo wings, the spicier the better, the hotter the best. Most of the fast food chains and restaurants offer buckets of chicken wings. Chicken wings also known as buffalo wings, were invented in buffalo new York .They are a cooked wingette or drumette of chicken that is coated in a sauce of vinegar based cayenne pepper hot sauce and butter, then deep fried and served hot with lots of other assortments and toppings, mostly salads, fries, cheese, carrot sticks .Americans also love eating them by dipping the wings in creamy blue cheese dressing. The recipe for chicken wings has been altered all over the world, some adding cornflower and others coating it with the hottest sauce available, nevertheless, chicken wings are a part of the daily American diet and has have become the official food of the most sacred event of the year for the Americans, the super bowl. Come February and Americans consume almost a billion juicy, crispy and crunchy chicken wings during the super bowl.
3. Hamburger & Fries
Another American staple, hamburger and fries are quite possibly the comment food available and consumed in the US. There are more than hundred fast food joints and chains, such as McDonalds, Wendy’s, burger king, subway, in and out; mom’s burgers and many more that specialize in a variety of hamburgers and fries. America’s love for hamburger is evident in the fact that burger king introduced their trademark burger, the whopper, which named most aptly, is a burger with a whopping 500 calories and different fillings and salads. Although there a number of people who claim to have brought the hamburger to the Americas, no one really knows, but the hamburger bun was invented by a fry cook named Walter Anderson and when brothers Richard and Maurice McDonald opened a restaurant in California, America’s obsession with burgers began. There are different types of hamburgers that Americans usually have like the cheeseburger, chili-burger, fish fillet and hamburgers with a variety of toppings like sautéed mushrooms, cheese, chili, fried egg, scrambled egg, salsa, pineapple, jalapenos, anchovies, slices of ham or bologna, pastrami or teriyaki-seasoned beef, tartar sauce, onion rings or potato chips. Hamburgers are served with golden, crispy fries with a lashing of ketchup.
2. Mac n Cheese
Macaroni and cheese is the ultimate comfort food for the Americans. It is a dish consisting of hollow elbow shaped macaroni, prepared from the commonest type of pasta made from wheat dough, white sauce and cheese. There’s nothing particularly American about this dish, however, American president Thomas Jefferson came across this dish in Paris and Italy and when he came back home, he served a macaroni pie at the state dinner. Since then, mac n cheese came to be associated with the United States. American company, Kraft is the one which specializes in mac n cheese the most. Kids love it, and many a moms love preparing it because it is very easily cooked. It requires no thought to pull it together. The pasta is chewy with creamy sauce and melted cheese. They also come packaged in frozen form or boxes and can be easily prepared in a microwave.
If you think that American cops love having donuts, then you’re not wrong because they do! What does Homer Simpson, the much loved cartoon character who represents the typical American blue collar worker most crave about, going as far as selling his soul for a piece of it? DONUTS! Even seen homer or chief wiggum drooling over a donut? What is America’s obsession with this glazed, deep fried dough with a hole? To meet the demands of the morning rush, officer pop into a donut shop for a quick fix, Most Americans grab a box of donuts if they’re late for work, they also love bringing boxes of dunkin donuts or Krispy Kreme donuts to work. The Dutch can be credited with inventing the donuts in the 19th century and they became popular in the US , when dunkin donuts was founded in 1950.Americans eat over 10 billion donuts ever year , not surprisingly, since they come in an assortments of shapes and sizes, whether, glazed, with sprinkles, chocolate covered , caramelized or sugar frosted. Americans have a love affair with donuts and they’re here to stay, quite like what homer says, “Ah, Donuts, is there anything they can’t do ?”