Have you ever wondered if there is a national cuisine in the USA? In the minds of many people, Americans only eat hamburgers and french fries. We found out everything about the taste preferences of modern American citizens. We are ready to share the most interesting stories and mouth-watering recipes with you.
Hot dogs in the park, donuts on the go, burgers sold on every corner - these gastronomic habits are strongly associated with the inhabitants of North America. However, Americans eat more than just junk food. The national cuisine of the United States is very diverse, as immigrants brought with them recipes for many dishes from European and Asian countries, and neighbor Mexico also contributed.
Also, in the menu of modern restaurants, they are actively trying to resurrect (to revitalize) the cuisine of the indigenous inhabitants of North America - the Indians. Many chefs call it new Native American cuisine. The difficulty is that the recipes of most national dishes were passed down (to pass down) to descendants by word of mouth, so now culinary specialists often have to try on the role of detectives in order to find the exact recipe. Let's get acquainted with the most popular American dishes, without which no national holiday can do. Of course, you have heard a lot about the Thanksgiving turkey, but today we decided to introduce you to something new. Apple pie is perhaps the most iconic dish in the United States. It appeared on the tables of Americans thanks to immigrants from Great Britain, Sweden and Holland. It was cheap to make such a pie, so for a long time it was the main food (a staple) of the colonists. Over time, Americans got richer, but the apple pie caught on and became an indispensable attribute (a fixture) of American culture (Americana). This delicious (mouthwatering) Mediterranean dish was introduced to America by Thomas Jefferson, the President of the United States and one of the authors of the Declaration of Independence. He returned from a trip to Italy with a chef who specialized in parmesan pasta. The chef served the dish at a government dinner (a state dinner), and many people liked it. It is not entirely clear who came up with this sandwich, but there are two versions: the owner of a grocery store, Lithuanian Ruben Kulakovski from Nebraska, or the owners (proprietors) of the New York deli cafe Reuben's Delicatessen. Classic sandwich ingredients: boiled marinated corned beef, Swiss cheese and sauerkraut. Legend has it that the owner of the bar, Teresa Belissimo, came up with this chicken wings recipe. Once she was mistakenly delivered with wings instead of necks. So that the product would not go to waste, she came up with a recipe for this beer snack, which many people liked. True or not, no one knows, but the first Buffalo chicken wings were served in 1964 at The Anchor Bar in Buffalo, New York. Clam chowder cream soup is a variation of a French seafood stew. By the middle of the 18th century, recipes for this soup began to appear in newspapers, and it was loved in many parts of America - from Manhattan to Seattle. Smithfield ham is a famous Virginia dish. Before cooking, dry cured ham is soaked (to soak) in water to make it less salty and tough. This dish was loved by the previously mentioned US President and great gourmet Thomas Jefferson, a native of Virginia. The usual diet of Americans is associated with something fatty and very high in calories. However, it was in the United States that the fashion for holistic, that is, healthy, nutrition first appeared. The United States is a country that has managed to gather in one state representatives of the most diverse nations of the world. Not surprisingly, Americans have borrowed a lot from the traditions of other countries, and cuisine is no exception. However, some of the dishes they modified in their own way. Take even the most traditional dish - turkey. It is still unknown which bird was eaten on the very first Thanksgiving. Someone says that it was not a turkey at all, but a crane (a crane) or even a swan (a swan). The turkey, as the most accessible bird, probably came to the tables later. Before moving on to a discussion of American food and dishes, we wanted to say a few words about home cooking in general. There are many original and at the same time simple recipes that you can easily, but with special pleasure, cook at home. Of course, in order for both the dish itself and the process of its preparation to bring true pleasure, one should:
decide on the choice of one or another recipe;
come to a good mood;
prepare in advance all the necessary ingredients and appropriate utensils.
So, contrary to popular belief, American cuisine is not only hot dogs, hamburgers and other popular fast food, washed down with Coca-Cola. On the contrary, it is the richest palette of dishes and tastes. It should be noted that South American cuisine has absorbed the traditions of the national cuisine of the peoples inhabiting this continent.