Popular American foods for breakfast, lunch and dinner


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When it comes to American foods, whether breakfast, lunch, or dinner, the country is best known for the stuff that’s described by words better suited to greasy, grinding industrial output. But citizens of the USA have an impressive appetite for the good stuff, too.

In order to celebrate its endless culinary creativity, we’re throwing our list of 10 most delicious American food items at you. We know you’re going to want to a throwback.

1. Twinkies

American foods for breakfast, lunch and dinner
Twinkies | Source: flckr.com

This American snack cake was initially made of banana cream filling. Twinkies, ‘yellow cake’, is served with cream that provides lots of calories when consumed. The loaf is marketed today as a ‘golden sponge cake with a creamy filling.’

2. Stromboli

Stromboli | Source: flckr.com

Somewhat similar to a calzone, the American stromboli is a savory type of turnover filled with classic pizza ingredients: mozzarella or other types of cheese, Italian meats like salami, pepperoni, bresaola, and capocollo, and sometimes even vegetables, while the marinara sauce is served on the side, rather than baked inside with the filling.

The dough can be either Italian bread dough or standard pizza dough, and before baking, the finished product is rolled into a loaf, similar to that of a jellyroll. Unlike calzone, stromboli did not originate from Italy, but supposedly from suburban Philadelphia where it was invented in the 1950s and named after one of Roberto Rossellini’s movies.

3. Nachos

Nachos | Source: flickr.com

The bane of diets and the boon of happy hours — could there be a more perfect calorie-dense accompaniment to a pitcher of margaritas?

Less rhetorically: why does Piedras Negras, Mexico, just over the border from Eagle Pass, Texas, host The International Nacho Festival and the Biggest Nacho in the World Contest every October?

Because it was there that Ignacio “Nacho” Anaya invented nachos when a gaggle of shopping wives of American soldiers stationed at Fort Duncan arrived at the Victory Club restaurant after closing time.

4. Bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich

Bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich | Source: flickr.com

This famed breakfast meal consists of bacon, cheese, and eggs served with buttered or toasted bread. Many joints mostly brand and market it with an acronym-BE&C.

5. Barbecue Ribs

Barbecue Ribs | Source: flickr.com

Originally an American invention, succulent and smoky barbecue ribs have become one of the most famous dishes in the world. The dish is typically prepared with pork ribs, usually spareribs or the tender, leaner baby back ribs. Pork is the obvious choice for the dish since it tends to be juicier on the bone, allowing the meat to come right off after the grilling process.

It is one of the barbecued dishes which leans on the American-style grilling, in which the meat is cooked long, slow, and at a low temperature. To give the ribs their distinct taste and texture, they are always treated before grilling. Two most common ways include marinating and dry-rubbing.

Marinating is usually done with soy or Worchester sauce, different spices, ketchup, and occasionally even whisky or honey. As the name suggests, dry-rub is usually made with powdered spices such as smoked paprika, garlic, Mediterranean or Oriental spices, sugar, and mustard.

6. Hot dogs

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For that we owe a debt to a similar sausage from Frankfurt, Germany (hence, “frankfurter” and “frank”) and German immigrant Charles Feltman, who is often credited with inventing the hot dog by using buns to save on plates.

But it was Polish immigrant Nathan Handwerker’s hot dog stand on Coney Island that turned the hot dog into an icon.

Every Fourth of July since 1916, the very same Nathan’s has put on the International Hot Dog Eating Contest (current five-time winner Joey Chestnut took the title in 2011, downing 62 hot dogs and buns in the 10-minute face-stuffing).

7. Key lime pie

Key lime pie | Source: flickr.com

This pie is Florida’s official state pie. The initial use of sweetened condensed milk gives the dessert a creamy texture. The pie is made of lime juice, sweetened condensed, milk and egg yolks in a pie crust.

8. Eggs Benedict

Eggs Benedict | Source: flickr.com

Eggs Benedict is a breakfast or brunch meal consisting of toasted halves of an English muffin that are topped with a slice of ham or bacon, a poached egg, and sauce Hollandaise. Although there are numerous theories about the origin of the dish, most people agree that credit should be given to Delmonico’s Restaurant, which is also the first restaurant in the United States.

It is believed that Delmonico’s chef named Charles Ranhofer invented the dish in 1860s for a customer named Mrs. LeGrand Benedict, who wanted to eat something new. Ranhofer even published the recipe in his cookbook, The Epicurean, published in 1894.

Regardless of the inventor, eggs Benedict are nowadays found throughout the world, in numerous variations such as eggs Mornay, Florentine, Blanchard, Hussarde, and Cochon.

9. Cheeseburger

Cheeseburger | Source: flickr.com

Lunch counter, traditional, gourmet, sliders, Kobe. White Castle, Whataburger, Burger King, In-N-Out, McDonald’s, Steak N’ Shake, Five Guys, The Heart Attack Grill. It’s hard to believe, but it all began with a simple mistake.

Or so say the folks in Pasadena, California, who claim the classic cheeseburger was born there in the late 1920s when a young chef at The Rite Spot accidentally burned a burger and slapped on some cheese to cover his blunder.

10. Baked Alaska

Baked Alaska | Source: flickr.com

A creation of Delmonico’s restaurant, the dessert is ideally slices of sponge cake topped with layers of ice cream and then coated in a toasted meringue.

American foods for breakfast

Here is what you are most likely going to find on an American’s breakfast plate

Banana Pancakes

Banana Pancakes | Source: flickr.com

These pancakes are quick and easy because most of the work to make the batter is done in the blender. We like to incorporate cottage cheese into the batter for extra flavor and an added protein boost.

Serve these with the classic pat of butter and drizzle of maple syrup, or try this warm honey and lemon syrup. These subtle flavors lend an air of sophistication to the breakfast table. Serve with crisp bacon or sizzling sausage links for a memorable sit-down family breakfast.

Pain Perdu

Pain Perdu | Source: flickr.com

This is not your typical French toast recipe. Originally from New Orleans, pain perdu is made using thick slices of French bread soaked in a sweet custard batter. It’s lightly cooked in a pan first, then baked ’til golden brown.

Pain perdu literally means “lost bread.” The recipe was created as a scrumptious solution for what to do with stale loaves that were about to be “lost” or thrown out.

The Best Homemade Vegan Tofu Scrambles

Vegan Tofu Scrambles | Source: flickr.com

Tofu scramble is a popular quick and easy, scrambled egg substitute for vegetarians and vegans. Most vegetarian restaurants serve up some version of this dish for breakfast or brunch, but it’s simple and easy enough to make at home with little more than tofu, a few veggies, and some seasonings.

Here are a few of the best recipes to start out with, though you’ll soon probably find that once you get the hang of it, you don’t need a recipe at all.

Breakfast burrito

Breakfast burrito | Source: flickr.com

Americans added flavour to pancakes by adding buttermilk as one of the ingredients. This makes the pancakes thick and fluffy

Sourdough bread

Sourdough bread | Source: flickr.com

The miners or ‘sourdough,’ as they were called, never lacked to carry this bread during the gold rush era. In 1849, Boudin Bakery started baking the bread and since then, the loaf has become popular on the American breakfast table.

Amish Baked Oatmeal

Amish Baked Oatmeal | Source: flickr.com

“It’s called Amish Oatmeal because that what the card says in my mom’s recipe file. She doesn’t remember why she called it Amish. By any name, this is a great breakfast.”

Baked Cranberry Oatmeal

Baked Cranberry Oatmeal | Source: flickr.com

“This easy, baked cranberry oatmeal also features chopped apple and pecans (or walnuts). You won’t believe how delicious it is!”

Basil Veggie Scramble

Basil Veggie Scramble | Source: flickr.com

This hearty scramble has eggs, potatoes, bell pepper and onion. Basil adds a fresh herb flavor while a pinch of cayenne adds a bit of heat.

Apple Granola

Apple Granola | Source: flickr.com

Good served with tofu milk, fruit juice, applesauce, or other fruit sauce. Two small apples gives me about 3/4 cup chopped apple. I peel them first, but you don’t have to.

Chex & Cheerios Trail Mix

Cheerios Trail Mix | Source: flickr.com

This recipe is originally from Chex.com. Check out their recipe section for a great selection of Chex mixes and meals.

American foods for dinner

Potluck Macaroni and Cheese

Potluck Macaroni and Cheese

You’ll always have a winner at the potluck when you bring macaroni and cheese. Here’s an extra-rich, creamy version for the slow cooker. 

Read Also: Seven lucky foods eaten in celebration of the Chinese New Year

Rice + chicken + salad

Rice + chicken + salad | Source: flickr.com

This combo tends to look different from state to state (juicy fried chicken in the South vs. grilled with salt and pepper on the coasts), but the basics are classically American: rice, chicken, and salad (or greens).

Chicken, in its leanest form, is one of the healthiest proteins. There’s no denial that salad (sans dressing) is great for the gut, too.

Fried Green Tomatoes

Fried Green Tomatoes | Source: flickr.com

This Southern classic is especially beloved in Alabama. Try dipping these fried bites in ranch dressing for a heavenly appetizer.

Fried Catfish

Fried Catfish | Source: flickr.com

While Arkansas’ freshwater bodies are brimming with the state’s staple, authorities set a daily creel limit on many catfish species to ensure the streams and lakes maintain their abundance. In restaurants, you’ll often find the fried fish breaded with a mixture of flour, cornbread, and spices, and served alongside hushpuppies.

Fish Tacos

Fish Tacos | Source: flickr.com

The classic fish taco—grilled or fried white fish (such as cod or mahi-mahi), shredded cabbage, crema, pico de gallo, and a squirt of lime all nestled into a double layer of corn tortillas—originated in Baja, California.

As you obviously cannot wait to grab some hot dogs or cheeseburgers after reading this. Hunger pangs have started kicking in, right? I bet you have not tried all the listed foods. Go ahead and order one of these American foods at your local joint. No doubt, America has a lot to offer to our dinner tables.

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