There are various USA foods that are known around the world – the humble burger and fries with hot wings being a typical American meal in the eyes of many. There are so many foods from the United States that are enjoyed all over the fifty states and beyond into the wider world. For many of them however, no matter how tasty they are, Americans really shouldn’t be proud to claim them as their own. Once you see the list you might well understand why such a huge number of Americans are overweight and obesity a national issue. Read on for my list of the 7 Top USA Foods that only America could have created.
1. Corn Dogs
Although rarely found outside of America, one of the most common USA foods is the corn dog. Having been popularized by a Texas State Fair in 1942, the corn dog has become symbolic of American fast food: on a stick, easy to eat, fried and tasty. Whether you are tucking into a corn dog at your local fair or making them for a kid’s party, you can be comforted knowing that they could only have been invented in the United States.
2. Philly Cheesesteak
Does the Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich manage to incorporate everything that is good with the world: steak, cheese, bread and onions? The meat inside a Cheesesteak isn’t always the best (in fact many residents of Philadelphia say that it should be the cheapest cut of steak you can lay your hands on) but it’s certainly a tasty way to enjoy a sandwich.
3. Buffalo Wings
Another of the classic USA foods that has been popularized around the world, some would say Buffalo wings are the only way to truly enjoy chicken. From mild to flaming hot, many people just love to chow down on those feisty little wings invented in, yep, Buffalo.
Take a turkey. Put a duck inside that. Inside the duck, put a chicken. Simple, tasty, lovely. If you really want to put an American twist on the Turducken, try and add in some melted cheese and bacon – hey, you could even deep fry something and add it in there. Americans may claim the Turducken as a US food but in fact chefs of England’s King Henry VIII were stuffing a bird in a bird in a bird in a bird in a bird in a bird in a bird in a bird way back the 16th century –yes you read it right – 8 birds stuffed whole inside each other – starting with a tiny quail and ending with a huge swan,
5. Baked Alaska
There’s nothing like naming foods after the place they are conceived to put a stamp on them, although, having a day named after the food comes a pretty close second. The Baked Alaska was first served in Delmonico’s to celebrate the acquisition of the territory from Russia in 1876 and every February 1st is Baked Alaska Day in the USA.
6. Reuben Sandwich
We all love our meat. We all love bread. That’s what makes the Reuben sandwich so brilliant – pastrami, cheese, Russian dressing, sauerkraut piles high on rye bread. If you are a lover of spiced meat, this is the sandwich for you; you might find more meat in a typical Reuben sandwich than on a table at Thanksgiving! Purists say a Reuben should be served with a large pile and a pile of potato chips.
7. Cookie Dough Ice Cream
If I had to choose one word to describe cookie dough ice cream it would have to be ‘heavenly’. So, Americans may not have invented ice cream but there’s a whole slew of flavors that can be determined to be USA foods. Whether it’s homemade or the good old Ben & Jerry’s, you can’t beat luxurious vanilla ice cream laced with chunks of cookie dough and chocolate. Cookie dough ice cream has to be the ultimate American food, topping off my list of the best USA foods.
If there’s one thing that you will have learnt from reading this list, it’s that there are certain foods that only Americans could have made – they are the ultimate USA foods that are enjoyed all over the world today. And yes, eaten in quantity they won’t do anyone much good but as an occasional treat they can be a guilty pleasure. What’s your favorite from this list of 7 Top USA Foods?
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