Happy President's Day! 20 Classic American Recipes To Celebrate

Happy President's Day! 20 Classic American Recipes To Celebrate

Emma Christensen
Feb 20, 2012

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.

Row 1:
Baked Apple Dumplings
Chicken and Dumplings
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Avocado and Grapefruit Salad
Barbecue Turkey Meatloaf

Row 2
Kenny Lao's Rickshaw Dumplings
Pint-Sized Pizza Poppers
Monkey Bread with Bourbon Crème Anglaise
Korean Barbecued Short Ribs
Egg Salad with Radishes

Row 3
Calzones: Make Now or Freeze for Later
Classic Southern Coleslaw
Crab Cakes with Easy Remoulade
Potato and Cauliflower Curry
Old-Fashioned Juicy Hamburgers

Row 4
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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