American food is one big stew pot of cultures, influences, and tastes -- that's part of what makes it so much fun to cook! There are the regional foods we grew up with like Southern pralines, Minnesota wild rice soup, and salads bursting with California citrus. Then there are the dishes from other parts of the world that have found a home here: enchiladas, pork dumplings, and curries to name a few. And let's not forget the dishes that just feel "American" through and through, like hamburgers piled high with toppings and thick slices of birthday cake.
Today, in celebration of President's Day, let's take a look at some of the dishes that make up our uniquely American cuisine. But what IS American food? Which dishes do you think of first?
"American food" can mean something different for each of us. Even the fact that we disagree sometimes is part of what makes our cuisine what it is! This gathering of recipes, pulled from our archives, is just a sampling of all the possible dishes we might include.
• Baked Apple Dumplings
• Chicken and Dumplings
• Chocolate Chip Cookies
• Avocado and Grapefruit Salad
• Barbecue Turkey Meatloaf
• Kenny Lao's Rickshaw Dumplings
• Pint-Sized Pizza Poppers
• Monkey Bread with Bourbon Crème Anglaise
• Korean Barbecued Short Ribs
• Egg Salad with Radishes
• Calzones: Make Now or Freeze for Later
• Classic Southern Coleslaw
• Crab Cakes with Easy Remoulade
• Potato and Cauliflower Curry
• Old-Fashioned Juicy Hamburgers
• Slow-Cooker Black Bean Enchiladas
• Classic Southern Pecan Pralines
• Funfetti Birthday Cake from Scratch
• Minnesota Wild Rice Soup
• Easy Homemade Macaroni and Cheese
What do you consider to be quintessentially American food? What else would you add to this list? We'd love to hear your ideas and stories.
Related: Quick and Dirty Guide to American Beer Styles
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