American National Foods
It is a rather debatable topic when one asks, “What are the American National Foods?” Indeed the Americans barely have a national cuisine and the famous American foods that are often thought to be the American national foods are borrowed from other cuisines. This is mainly because America, being a land of immigrants, has adopted ingredients and cooking styles from other lands. The American National foods have been brought to the country by Native Americans, Europeans, Africans and South Americans.
Popular American National Foods
Fried Chicken – This is the contribution of the African Americans to Southern American Cooking. Also called Southern Fried Chicken, chicken pieces are battered or floured and pan-fried, deep-fried or pressure fried. Fried chicken continues to be among America’s top choices for "Sunday dinner" and Holidays such as Independence Day. Other variations of fried chicken include Buffalo wings, chicken fingers, chicken nuggets, and Country Fried Chicken popularized by fast-food chains like Burger King and KFC in America.
Hamburgers are the American national food, even though invented in Germany. Traditionally American hamburgers are prepared "with everything”, which includes lettuce, tomato, onion, cheese, and pickles or relish, egg, bacon. Coleslaw and french fries usually accompany the burger. Condiments like mustard, mayonnaise, ketchup, or barbecue sauce are popularly served with them. The toppings and condiments vary according to region.
Hot Dogs– A sausage and bun combination most commonly served with ketchup or mustard and sometimes relish is a street food in America and is considered an American national food though the sausage was invented in Germany. A hot dog has various nicknames like, frank, red hot, wiener, weenie, durger, coney, or just "dog".
Barbecue - In the United States, especially the Mid west and South, barbecue also spelled barbeque or BBQ is meat slow cooked over a wood fire, often this is called pit barbecue. The distinctive smoky flavored meat is served with barbecue sauce. The most widely used meat used in most barbecue is pork ribs, as well as the pork shoulder. Barbecue is primarily two different dishes; ribs, and barbecue sandwiches.
Jambalaya - is a Louisiana -Creole dish of Spanish and French influence. Jambalaya consists of meats or seafood, vegetables and rice cooked in stock. It is a close cousin to the Spanish paella.
Corn bread – A Native American contribution, is a popular item in soul food enjoyed by the Americans. It can be baked, fried or steamed like cornmeal pudding. Cornbread can also be baked into corn cakes. Other varieties of cornbread are Grits, Mush, Anadama bread, Spoon Bread, Corn Pone, Johnny Cakes, Hush Puppies and Corn Dogs.
Chowder - The clam, corn and seafood chowders are the traditional American national food originating from New England, the northeastern region of America. Succotash and Baked Beans also national foods come from this region having American Indian influence.
Crab Cakes - An American dish composed of crab meat bread crumbs, mayonnaise, eggs, onions, and seasonings, fried, , baked, or grilled and then served. Crab cakes are traditionally associated with the state of Maryland.
Brunswick Stew - Is a traditional American national dish from the southeastern United States. In some parts of the South, it is also known as "hash", and served over rice. it is usually a tomato-based stew containing various types of lima beans/butter beans, corn, okra, and other vegetables, and one or more types of meat.
The above are some of the American national foods that come from the diverse influence of various cultures on America.