Top 10 Most Delicious US Foods
When it comes to food, the States are well-known for their love of all things greasy, processed, and unhealthy. But pizza and fast food are not all that the USA has to offer. There are some really tasty dishes you can enjoy and some of them are actually good for you. Don’t believe us? Check no.7 on the list!
#1 Buffalo Chicken Wings
Background: The story has it that Teressa Bellissimo, who owned the Anchor Bar in Buffalo, was the first to toss chicken wings in butter and hot sauce in the 1960s.
Why we love them: Hot and spicy chicken wings are often associated with the Super Bowl. According to statistics, Americans eat approximately 1.30 billion wings every year during the game! There is definitely something in this all-American recipe that brings people together. It might have something to do with the fact that pair very well with beer.
#2 Apple Pie
Background: Apple pie was brought to America by European settlers during the 17th and 18th centuries, long after it was popular in the Old Continent. The reason for this is that apples are not indigenous to America and it took some time until the pilgrims brought the seeds and started growing them. The first recorded apple pie recipe originates in England in the 1300, but it is not quite like the pie we love and devour today – besides apples, it included raisins, figs, pears, and saffron.
Why we love it: If the USA had a national dessert, it would be apple pie. The saying ‘as American as apple pie’ best describes our love for this sweet treat. In fact, apples are the nation’s favorite ingredient, followed by chocolate, pumpkin, cherry, and lemon meringue. We love apple pie because it is classic and it has that feeling of home.
#3 Mac and Cheese
Background: Mac and cheese was introduced to the US by President Thomas Jefferson after his European trip. He liked the noodle dish he tried in Paris and Italy so much that he took notes and had it recreated at home at a state dinner under the name “macaroni pie.” Later, Jefferson’s cousin Mary Randolph included a recipe for macaroni and cheese in her cookbook “The Virginia Housewife.”
Why we love it: There is no person in the States that would say ‘no’ to mac and cheese. Moms love it because it is easy to make: cooked macaroni pasta and a cheese sauce, baked in the oven; the rest of us love it because it is so very delicious.
#4 Reuben Sandwich
Background: Like with most great foods, the origins of Reuben sandwich are unclear. One version credits Reuben Kulakofsky, a grocer from Omaha, Nebraska who composed the sandwich with the purpose to feed a group of late-night poker players at the Blackstone Hotel. The other version says that it was invented by Arnold Rueben, the German owner of Reuben’s Delicatessen in New York.
Why we love it: This eponymous hot sandwich is composed of slices of rye bread, corned beef, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut, and Russian dressing. And although there’s a great number of local and regional varieties, cooking experts agree that the secret lies in the dressing – a genuine Reuben sandwich needs to include a homemade dressing.
#5 Philly Cheese Steak
Background: Philly cheese steak was first served by Pat and Harry Olivieri in Philadelphia in the 1930s. The couple owned a hot dog stand and experimented with making a new type of sandwich. They placed chopped beef and grilled onions in an Italian bread roll and covered them in pizza sauce (cheese was introduced later). The recipe was so successful that they stopped selling hot dogs and opened up their own restaurant which still exists.
Why we love it: Made of beef chopped while grilled in grease, onions, and cheese, laid into a long Amoroso bun, Philly cheese steak has all the features Americans love in food – it is big, fulfilling, greasy, and absolutely messy!
Background: Pancakes have a long history that goes back to Ancient Greece. In the American colonies, the earliest pancake varieties were made with cornmeal or buckwheat. The first recorded pancake recipe is from Amelia Simmons’s American Cookery in the late 1700’s.
Why we love them: We love pancakes for their fluffiness, simplicity, and ability to pair with all sorts of ingredients. Classic American flapjacks can be topped with butter and maple syrup or served with sides like bacon, sausage, or eggs. Other popular toppings include peanut butter, jam, chocolate chips, nuts, fruits, honey, whipped cream, powdered sugar, cinnamon sugar, ice cream…
#7 Cob Salad
Background: No one knows for sure how this salad came to be but the urban legend claims it was invented by Robert Howard Cobb, owner of the Hollywood Brown Derby restaurant. According to the story, Cobb hadn’t eaten the whole day so he threw together some leftovers he found in the kitchen, along with some cooked bacon, and then covered everything with a French dressing.
Why we love it: Healthy, quick, and rich, this dish unites widely available ingredients like egg, lettuce, avocado, tomato, chicken breast, onion, bacon, and blue cheese. Perfect for warm days!
#8 Key Lime Pie
Background: The person credited with the invention of this dessert is Aunt Sally, personal cook to Key West’s first millionaire William Curry. However, it is considered that Aunt Sally adapted an already existent recipe, created by local sponge fishermen. Sponge fishermen spent many days on their boats and stored basic non-perishable foods like canned milk, eggs, and limes. This leads us to the conclusion that they were the first to make this non-bake pie.
Why we love it: Key lime pie is the official state pie of Florida, the home of the tiny limes that give the pie its name as well as its well-known tanginess. What’s not to love about key lime pie? Sweet, yellow lime crust pairs with a creamy meringue topping to produce a simple and refreshing dessert.
Background: Meatloaf has been around for a very long time. It was first mentioned in a Roman cookery collection in the 5th century. This Dutch meatball relative is believed to have been brought to America by German settlers.
Why we love it: Meatloaf is comfort food in its humblest. The classic set up involves a loaf of meat covered in ketchup and served along with mashed potatoes and green beans. Always reliable and fulfilling!
#10 Biscuits and Gravy
Background: This dish confuses many non-Americans. But the fact that the North American biscuit is similar to a savory European scone should be enough to set things straight. The dish dates from the period after the American Revolutionary War, when cheap and widely available food was highly valued.
Why we love it: Called “the soul of soul food”, this delicious Southern classic is one of the most fulfilling meals on the planet. The biscuits are traditionally made with butter (or lard) and buttermilk, whereas the milk gravy contains meat drippings and chunks of pork sausage, seasoned with black pepper.