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American Cuisine
 

American Dishes include:

Apple Pie
Baked Alaska
Banana Split
Barbecue sauce
BBQ Ribs
Blueberry cobbler
Buffalo Wings
Burger
Waffles Waffles

Caesar salad
Cheesecake
Chocolate brownies
Chocolate chip cookies
Chowder
Cobb Salad
Conch Fritters
Cornbread

Corn Dogs
Cupcakes
Chicago Deep Dish Pizza
Grits
Hot Dogs
Jambalaya
Key Lime Pie
Lobster Roll
Macaroni cheese
Marshmallow
Milkshake

Muffins Muffins
Pancakes
Peanut Butter
Popcorn
Pot Roast
Potato wedges
Roast turkey
San Francisco Sour Dough Bread
Sweet Potato Pie
Twinkles

What makes something American cuisine? The image that comes to mind is often that of the classic American diner. On the table: burgers, fries, and a shake. Or is it fried chicken and macaroni and cheese? While both these meals are considered quintessential American dishes, they do not completely encompass the multicultural population of the United States. As a nation formed of immigrants from varied backgrounds, the food of the United States closely resembles the history of its people. Food specialties in the United States generally follow regional boundaries,

Chicago-style Deep Dish Pizza

The deep dish pizza is a departure from the Neapolitan style pizza brought to the United States by early Italian immigrants in New York City. This pan pizza is made with a thicker crust that is strong enough to contain a multitude of toppings, and baked in a well-oiled cast iron pan, giving it a crunchy, fried crust. Since the Midwest is famous for its many casseroles, the Chicago-style pizza can be described as the casserole version of the pizza.

Cobb Salad

Invented in Hollywood, California in the 1930s, Cobb Salad is a dinner salad made from many flavorful ingredients. Although its precise origins are not known, this salad was named for the restaurant owner of Brown Derby restaurant, where the dish was first created. This salad is made from iceberg lettuce and other salad greens like Romaine, tomatoes, bacon, roasted chicken, hard-boiled eggs, avocado, chives and Roquefort cheese. These ingredients are all chopped and tossed together with French dressing, a mixture of red wine vinegar, lemon, mustard, oil, and Worcestershire sauce. The many ingredients of this salad are often formed into ornate displays before serving, showing off the contrasting colors, shapes, and textures.

Ranch Dressing

Ranch dressing was invented in Santa Barbara in the 1950s, and has now become the most popular salad dressing in the United States. The creamy dressing can not only be used as a dressing for salads, but also as a dip for chips, California’s variety of fresh vegetables, sandwiches, and chicken strips. The dressing is made from buttermilk, sour cream, yogurt, onions, garlic, and other seasonings, which creates a refreshing contrast to the vegetables and meat it is typically paired with.

Floribbean Cuisine

Floribbean cuisine is concentrated in South Florida, particularly Miami, and is a fusion of many cultures, especially from Cuba, the Bahamas, Jamaica, Haiti, Colombia, Panama, and Puerto Rico. Since the distance between Florida (especially the Keys) and Cuba is very short, travel between the two places used to be very fast and easy. The influx of Cuban immigrants in the 1960s just after Fidel Castro took control of Cuba created a unique blend of cultures, which has incorporated many aspects of Cuban cuisine. Typical Cuban-influenced dishes in South Florida include arroz con pollo (rice with chicken), fried plantains, white rice and black beans, and the mojito, a cocktail made from rum, lime, and mint. Dishes from other Latin American and Caribbean influences include arepas, empanadas, and Jamaican jerk chicken.

The Cubano is a Cuban sandwich, which is commonly sold at stands known as loncherias, which can be found all around South Florida. The Cubano combines roast pork, ham, salami, cheese, and a pickle on Cuban bread, which is thick and chewy. The sandwiches are pressed so the flavors combine and the bread is toasted.

The medianoche (midnight) is a variation on the Cuban sandwich that is made on yellow egg bread and is typically smaller than the Cubano. The medianoche, as its name suggests, is usually eaten as a midnight snack.

Southern Cuisine

Southern food is one of the highlights of American cuisine, with home style cooking at its core. From fried chicken to macaroni and cheese, cornbread, and collard greens, the southern United States is home to a variety of unique foods and flavors and some of the quintessential American meals. Many dishes have become associated with comfort food, since they are hearty and remind many people of their childhood or family. Despite being considered somewhat unhealthy, featuring many fried foods, these dishes have become a large part of the cultural identity of the South.

Meat, especially pork, is central to Southern cuisine. Many varieties of pork are Southern favorites, including country hams, pulled pork, sausage, and bacon. Pigs grew in popularity in the South because they are inexpensive and easy to raise. Chicken is another meat commonly eaten in Southern food, served fried or barbecued. This region’s seafood specialties include catfish and shellfish like shrimp and crawfish, which are found around the Gulf and Atlantic Coast.
Checkout: Easy Mac and Cheese Recipe

Meat and Three
The meat and three is a typical Southern-style meal consisting of at least one kind of meat and a choice of three sides. Many restaurants around the southern United States serving meat and three refer to the sides as vegetables, though many of them are not actually vegetable. Common sides are mashed potatoes, collard greens, macaroni and cheese, and fried okra. Meat options typically include beef brisket, pulled pork, fried catfish, and fried chicken. Restaurants serving cafeteria-style meat and three also include cornbread or biscuits with the meal, along with the classic Southern beverage, sweet tea. To make sweet tea, sugar is added to tea while it is hot, then the tea is chilled and served over ice, whereas iced tea is served unsweetened.

Soul Food
Soul food is a large part of Southern cooking, which originated in what is known as the Deep South. Soul food consists of traditional African American dishes, with influences extending back to early European contact with Africa. Many foods that are considered soul food are the result of combining African cuisine with the availability of foods in America, influenced by the Europeans that held them captive as slaves and the local Native Americans. Though many African foods were brought to America during the transatlantic trade, like okra, the enslaved Africans learned to make use of the foods they were given, which included discarded foods, such as greens (tops) of vegetables like turnips and beets, and parts of animals that were not normally eaten, including pigs feet, chitlins (pig intestines), tripe, and ears. The New Year’s holiday meal in the Soul Food tradition includes black-eyed peas, pigs feet, and chitlins, which are said to bring luck and prosperity.
Grits

Native American influences are present in Southern food, especially in regards to the incorporation of indigenous plants and animals, like corn. Corn can be found in many forms in Southern cuisine, such as cornbread, hominy, grits, and hush puppies. Grits are made of hominy (corn) ground and made into a porridge. Grits are usually served for breakfast, when they are flavored with butter, sugar, or even syrup. Grits can also be served as a dinner side, especially when cheese is added to make cheese grits, and a common side for shrimp.

Desserts of the South
The native fruits and vegetables of the South contributed to the dessert specialties of the South, which include peach and berry cobblers and sweet potato pie. MoonPies are a dessert snack first created in Tennessee in 1917 as a portable snack for miners, that have become a classic piece of Southern culture. Marshmallow cream sandwiched between graham cracker cookies, dipped in chocolate make up this snack, which was served alongside RC Cola (another Southern specialty) as a typical treat for laborers in the early 1900s.
Divinity is sweet nougat made of egg whites, corn syrup, sugar, and usually pecans

California Mexican

Many varieties on Mexican cuisine are popular in the state of California, from the more authentic San Diego Mexican cuisine, nearest the border, to the burritos of San Francisco’s Mission district, California has made many innovations on the cuisine.

Though San Diego features many authentic Mexican restaurants, one contribution the city has given to the California-Mexican food fusion is the California burrito. In addition to traditional burrito ingredients, such as carne asada, rice, and beans, the California burrito includes French fries.


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