America. They say it’s the land of the free and the home of the brave, but it’s also land of the diverse and in truly shows in the remarkable landscape of culturally unique food offerings. It’s a big country, and to fully experience it, you’ve really got to get a taste of foods from different regions. This melting pot of tastes is what makes USA a great place. Here are some of the best American foods you’ve got to try.
Thanks to Native American Indians, USA has plenty of jerky for the tasting. It’s dehydrated meat that’s very chewy in texture and it comes in a variety of flavors. Beef, turkey, chicken…even buffalo and venison. It’s such a versatile offering between meats and seasonings that there’s bound to be one you’ll love.
Typically found in the south, this sweet-tasting bread is made from ground cornmeal. You might find it served with bits of jalapeno peppers, cheese or herbs, but however it comes, you’ll definitely find it delicious.
This dish is something that every American mom knows how to make. While each recipe varies to some degree, you can count on it containing ground beef, bread crumbs, egg and seasonings. It’s usually topped with ketchup or barbecue sauce after being shaped into a loaf, much like a loaf of bread. Most Americans find this to be a comforting dish, especially when served with mashed potatoes and gravy.
Macaroni and Cheese
Here’s another comforting dish for Americans and one that parents rely on heavily to convince their children to come eat at the table. Macaroni, a type of pasta, is slathered in cheese. Some people cheat and use it out of the box which will do in a pinch, but the best way to have this dish is when it is prepared fresh with at least 3 different types of cheeses thrown in for good measure.
This traditional campfire dessert is also easy to make indoors without using an open flame, but Americans love gathering around a good fire to toast the marshmallows that get squished between 2 graham crackers with a chunk of milk chocolate. If you like desserts, don’t miss it!
No, buffalo don’t have wings. Buffalo is a city in New York where this spicy, zingy sauce was born. It’s tossed on fried chicken wings just before serving and comes in a range of spiciness from mild to intensely hot.
Key Lime Pie
While people might still use the phrase “as American as apple pie,” apple pie didn’t originate in the USA. But key lime pie did. Created with a special tiny variety of lime found indigenously grown in the Florida Keys, it is the state pie for Florida and arguably one of the best desserts offered in the entire nation.
There is very little that could possibly be more American than a cheeseburger. Americans love grilled meat, and grilled meat patties are no exception. Top them with cheese, and the experience is pure bliss. These days, cheeseburgers are so much more than the bland McDonald’s variety. Most restaurants make big business out of serving specialty burgers, topped with bacon, onions, cheeses and an assortment of other intriguing ingredients.
Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches
Before peanut allergies began to run rampant, you could open up half the lunchboxes of the children in school and find this sandwich. Now with many schools banning peanut products for the safety of those with severe allergies, you won’t see school kids bringing them to lunch anymore, but you will find most American households with the ingredients to make this simple yet satisfying sandwich immediately on hand.
Maryland Crab Cakes
Along the Eastern seaboard, seafood is big business. The northeastern folks take their seafood quite seriously. While many places do crab cakes - a patty comprised of breadcrumbs, eggs, vegetables, special seasonings and of course, the star ingredient of crab - Maryland boasts the best in the entire country.
Short for “bacon, lettuce, tomato,” this simple-sounding sandwich is one of the most popular from coast to coast. The BLT ingredients are typically served atop toasted white bread that’s slathered in mayonnaise and is truly one of the most divine sandwiches you can ever find.
Philly Cheese Steak
Speaking of famous sandwiches, none could possibly be more well-known than Philadelphia’s own claim to fame. It’s a bit greasy so be forewarned that it will dribble and drip all down your arms and face, but the greasy fried beef goodness found within is heavenly. Slathered in cheese, onions and peppers, it is one of the most iconic sandwiches of American culture.
Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner
And finally, one of the most spectacular things a newcomer to USA simply must try is an American Thanksgiving dinner. You’ll likely be invited to one when the holiday rolls around because Americans cherish this time to spend with family and friends. It’s all about togetherness and sharing. Okay, it’s about the food too. The most classic offering of all during this meal is a whole roasted turkey. Some families will serve a ham or a rib roast on the side as well. And speaking of sides, Thanksgiving dinner would not be complete without a ton of side dishes like mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing, sweet potato casserole, green bean casserole, dinner rolls, deviled eggs and more. It’s truly an experience you need to have. To cap it all off, an assortment of desserts is offered at the end. Let’s just say you should wear pants with an elastic band to this event and you’ll be ready for anything.
Japanese People moving to the USA from Japan are perhaps familiar with American foods like pizzas or hamburgers but once you get to the USA, you will do a number of discoveries on foods and food culture. Although shipping of foodstuff from Japan to USA is prohibited and you will not be able to bring some foodstuff from Japan with you to the US, perhaps it would be best to enjoy American food while you are there.