The United States is often known as the melting pot of numerous cultures. This melting pot has heavily influenced USA cuisine. While many American foods are blurred between the foods of the countries from which they originated and the subtle changes that have led to their Americanized evolution, there are some meals and cultures that are blatantly American. In this blog, we will cover great dishes made in the USA that have directly originated from the states.
We will discuss various meats and barbecues, great-tasting side dishes, popular drinks, rich desserts, and Southern cuisine. When you are done reading, you’ll be ready to celebrate like it’s the Fourth of July!
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Easy dishes made in the USA
Not known for being the most healthy of foods, American-style meats are often as delicious as they are unhealthy. Some of the easiest meals to choose from for a heart lunch or dinner are hot dogs and burgers. These two options don’t require much time or resources to make for an entire family. All you need are hot dog or hamburger buns, the specific meats, and condiments. Both options require grilling, although hot dogs can be boiled or even microwaved if you’re in a hurry.
When it comes to hot dogs, you can get ones that are made of pork, beef, or turkey. To make sure the quality is best, aim for the top hot dogs that are 100% the meat advertised. To complete both hot dogs and burgers, there are various condiments you can add. American mustard, which is not as hot as other mustard, ketchup, pickle relish, and finely chopped onions are popular choices to complement a plate of grilled meats.
Slow yet rewarding barbecues
While barbecue can be found all over the states, Texas is known as the king of barbecue. Many restaurants serve meats that have been rubbed in rich seasonings and slow-roasted for hours above various types of wood to create the most flavorful barbecue in the country. From baby-back ribs that practically fall off the bone to brisket that can be served alone or turned into a sloppy-Joe sandwich, American barbecue uses rich, dark sauces to add flavor to an already flavorful meal.
If you don’t want to take the time to make a tender barbecue, there are a wide selection of pre-made barbecue sauces that can be added to any dish to give it an American-style taste.
American side dishes are often hearty and filling, which can make it hard to have enough room for the rest of your meal! Fries, onion rings, and macaroni and cheese are popular sides you can whip up in the kitchen for burgers and hot dogs, while coleslaw and baked beans go hand-in-hand with barbecues. For a healthier option, you can choose instead to make a nice simple side of mashed potatoes, green beans, salad, or corn on the cob.
Sold worldwide, Coca-Cola and soft drinks made by the Coca-Cola company are one of the most popular American brands. Furthermore, because the USA is a large country, this gives it the opportunity to have many different selections of American-made beverages. Take advantage of locally brewed beer and wine that has not been imported from other countries. Some brands of wine and beer are big enough to be sold internationally. There are also many great American cocktails to choose from. One of the most refreshing drinks on a cold day is a glass of Long Island Iced Tea.
The US loves its desserts. A few great choices are the New York cheesecake and key lime pie. New York cheesecakes take a long time to prepare and have costly ingredients, but the end result is well worth the time and effort. On the other hand, key lime pies have relatively few ingredients, take very little time to prepare and bake, and also taste great. Choose the option that works best for you.
Food and Drink from the South
The USA has a unique culture, and accompanying cuisine, that originates from the southern states. This culture’s food is often referred to as southern food. The South has its own sides, meals, desserts, and drinks that give the culture a great amount of heritage that can be embraced and celebrated by all walks of life. Sweet tea, buttermilk biscuits, apple pie, cornbread, and fried chicken are just a few classic foods and drinks that make up the hearty meals of the South.
While a large portion of dishes made in the USA are a conglomerate of different cultures, it is clear that the country has developed its own culture of hearty foods, sweet drinks, and desserts. Quick and easy meats, slow-cooking barbecues, Southern comfort dishes, and rich desserts will leave you and your family satisfied by the variety of dishes made in the USA that you can cook right in your own home.