Top 10 American Foods
America is famous for everything being over the top, not least their food. There are so very famous classic dishes to have come out of America. There are also some that may not come from the country originally but have been adopted as their own.
10. Apple Pie
This simple dish didn’t actually originate in America but it remains one of the favourite foods of Americans. They’ve taken a popular dish and called it their own, making apple pie a distinctly American experience.
9. Po’ Boy
This is true New Orleans cuisine. These famous subs came around when the owners of a coffee shop were trying to feed striking street car drivers and conductors. One of the owners was quoted saying: “We fed those men free of charge until the strike ended. Whenever we saw one of the striking men coming, one of us would say, ‘Here comes another poor boy.’” And that’s where the name comes from.
They’re different to normal subs because they are made with French bread, which is known for its fluffy centre. It’s then filled with either meat or fried seafood.
8. Chocolate Chip Cookies
A lady named Ruth Wakefield, who was famous for making cookies, invented the chocolate chip cookie after running out of baking chocolate. She instead substituted broken up bits of a Nestle chocolate bar. Andrew Nestle got the recipe from her and she got a lifetime supply of chocolate chips.
7. Blueberry Cobbler
Cobblers came about when early American colonists didn’t have ovens. They created a pie that had no crust on the bottom so they could easily be cooked in a pot over a fire. They were made distinctly American by incorporating blueberries, which are native to North America.
6. Delmonico’s Steak
The universally acclaimed Delmonico’s in New York was one of the first diners to use tablecloths, printed menus and have private dining rooms in 1837. They serve a steak that is rumoured to have been one of Lincoln’s favourites.
The steak is basted with butter and seasoned with salt then grilled over a live fire. Delmonico’s has come to mean the best when it comes to a steak.
5. Chicago-style Pizza
Although pizza didn’t originate in the USA, they’ve claimed it as their own. Pizza in the USA is very different to its Italian cousin, especially in the Windy City. Chicago wanted to turn a snack into a meal so it invented the deep dish pizza. A rich, buttery base filled with tomatoes, Italian spices, cheeses and meats. It’s made backwards to a normal pizza with the cheese on the bottom and sauce on top.
4. Philly Cheese Steak
It’s made of frizzled beef that is chopped as it’s grilled with grease. The rest of the delicious greasiness comes from onions and cheese. It’s usually American or provolone cheese but Cheese Whiz is often used too. It’s all then laid out in a long Amoroso bun.
There’s lots of variation on this including adding in other vegetables. It’s also said that the very first Philly Steak was made with pizza sauce instead of cheese.
3. Hot Dogs
Hot Dogs now come in all sorts of varieties but they originated with German and Polish immigrants to the US. It was Nathan Handwerker’s hot dog stand on Coney Island that rocketed the snack to popularity.
Now you’ll find Vienna beef hot dogs, chilli dogs, cheese dogs, veggie dogs and so much more!
2. Reuben Sandwich
No one knows which Reuben created this sandwich but to really be called a Reuben it all has to be homemade, even the sauce. It’s sauerkraut, corned beef (sometimes substituted with pastrami), Swiss cheese and Russian dressing. It’s all then grilled between two thick slices of rye bread.
A number of variants exist. There’s the Rachel that replaces the corned beef with pastrami and includes coleslaw instead of sauerkraut. There are also Reuben egg rolls that replace the bread with a deep fried egg roll wrapping.
This is said to have been a mistake, according to locals in Pasadena, California. A young chef at The Rite Spot apparently burned a burger and used a slice of cheese to cover up his blunder.
Putting cheese on a burger is now the done thing to do. There are so many other toppings to choose from and different sorts of cheese too. Blue cheese is great, as are American cheeses with chillies and tomatoes.