American Cuisine – An introduction

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American Dishes include:

Apple PieBaked Alaska

Banana Split

Barbecue sauce

BBQ Ribs

Blueberry cobbler

Buffalo Wings

Burger

Waffles Waffles

Caesar saladCheesecake

Chocolate brownies

Chocolate chip cookies

Chowder

Cobb Salad

Conch Fritters

Cornbread

Corn DogsCupcakes

Chicago Deep Dish Pizza

Grits

Hot Dogs

Jambalaya

Key Lime Pie

Lobster Roll

Macaroni cheese

Marshmallow

Milkshake

Muffins
Muffins
PancakesPeanut ButterPopcornPot RoastPotato 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.

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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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