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mulphy

what constitutes american food .

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what food stuffs or food styles would you say were peculiar to america .

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5 minutes ago, Buckfast said:

  But burger King at 4:00 is the dogs bollocks.

Whist quaffing a Zinfandel.....lovely..

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58 minutes ago, Buckfast said:

English Muffins.

The food style in the USA is a mix of shite. Mexican food is good and what your momma cooks along with steaks. Give up on the rest of it.

Unfortunately it's everywhere in Thailand with the fast food.  But burger King at 4:00 is the dogs bollocks.

I used to enjoy our American breakfasts on the beach  4 cans of beer and 5 cigarettes.

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ive only been to america 3 times totalling maybe a month .

found the food very bland and found the ethnic foods like chinese and indian to be pale comparisons of similar back home or even here in thailand .

i just wondered if i missed out on anything particular to america that could be regarded special .

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6 minutes ago, mulphy said:

ive only been to america 3 times totalling maybe a month .

found the food very bland and found the ethnic foods like chinese and indian to be pale comparisons of similar back home or even here in thailand .

i just wondered if i missed out on anything particular to america that could be regarded special .

Aswell as my trip to Florida mentioned above I worked in Chicago and Dallas plus shacked up with a bird in Taenek, New Jersey. In that time I can't remember having anything to eat that can be considered "tasty"....... perhaps maybe a bagel in NYC...

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could maybe eat 4 or 5 of those dishes suggested .3 of which i though had mexican origins .

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meatloaf.... can be nice

chop suey... chinky but invented in the US

the burger... home made nice, fast food shite

Hamburger helper.. you gotta live there to get it

pulled pork.. that not a sex act BTW

 

In fact home cooked food in the US, certainly down south, was fab.  its food places that fuck it up as they stopped using salt about 25 years ago and MSG too.  all v bland

 

real home cooked american food is verygood

 

oops forgot..butterball turkeys, the best by far

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Breakfast at IHOP, no need to eat for the rest of the day. Loved the pancakes.

Only drink coffee when in USA.

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7 hours ago, Tiny Todger said:

Turkey drumsticks and gert big turkey thighs a Dollar a piece in Florida Disneyland...Delicious..

Cost at least 10 times that nowadays.  Still taste good though.

For me, I remember burgers, cheesecake, crab, Philly cheese steaks (is that the right name?) but is was more the size of the meals than the content that sticks in the mind.  Never understood the fascination of chicken wings though.

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American food tends to be Regional-specific, e.g., even BBQ is different depending upon what style you prefer, KC is different than Memphis which differs from North Carolina and Texas. In Texas BBQ tends to mean smoked beef brisket that is slow cooked/smoked over Mesquite, Pecan, etc., for +20 hours. Texans laugh when Californians call grilling hot dogs and hamburgers over charcoal or gas as "BBQ."

Other "American" regionalfoods include

- Grits with biscuits and gravy,mostly in the US South

- "Chicken-fried"steak, nothing to do with chicken and mostly a southern/Texan food, especially when served with cream gravy. It resembles a Schnitzel and began with German immigrants to the Texas Hill country in the early 1800s

- Blackberry cobbler with home made churned peach ice cream.

- Philly cheese steaks

- Maryland crab cakes

- Banana Split

- Boston baked beans

- S'mores

- Key Lime Pie

- Frito Pie

- Reuben sandwich

- Nachos

- Chili (in Texas no beans)

- Cheeseburger

- Root Beer float

- Cotton candy

- Corn dog

- Collard greens

- Jalapeno and cracklings corn bread

- Red Velvet cake

- Turducken

- Scampi

- Crawfish

- Jambalaya

 

 

 

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^^^

That reminds me, I saw chilli dogs on offer somewhere.  Couldn't even look at it.

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Freedom fries ?

Hahaha, will never forget that one......  Shows the intellectual level.....

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Nothing new under the sun.  I've written about this before.

Since the USA is country of immigrants, its food is the result of input from many cuisines applied to "New World" ingredients. Over the years, popular dishes have changed so much from their original source of inspiration that they can be considered American food

 

The hamburger is perhaps the best example.  It's based on the Hamburg steak, which consisted of fine chopped (not ground) beef that was fashioned into a patty and fried, usually with onions.  It was commonly served on ships sailing between Hamburg and New York.  Here's a pic of how the original Hamburg steak looked.  It isn't much like a modern hamburger.

 

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And it doesn't really matter whether it was a caveman or a Mongol warrior who first barbecued meat.  That has nothing to do with today's barbecue styles in the Carolinas, Texas, Memphis and Chicago.

 

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Anything with tomatoes, potatoes, chilies and corn (maize) had its roots in the New World. .You can add beans, pumpkins, cranberries and peanuts to the list.  The turkey is also a "Native American."  The traditional US Thanksgiving dinner of turkey with cornbread stuffing and cranberry sauce, potatoes, green beans, corn  and pumpkin pie reflects ingredients native to the New World, but weren't eaten at  the pilgrim's earliest harvest feasts.  The traditional menu came much later.

 

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Other dishes that have a uniquely American origin are pemmican, which isn't eaten much today, although beef perky is a popular snack; succotash (lima beans, corn and other vegetables); grits and cornbread.

 

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Maybe the Amish dish scrapple will become as popular as tinned beans in tomato sauce.  They were first imported to the UK from the US in the early 1900s as a luxury item and sold by Harrods.  

 

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But it's doubful.  Scrapple, a fried mush based on pork scraps and offal mixed with cornmeal, ... 

 

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is similar to the white pudding (right) already sold in the UK and Ireland.

 

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Some more dishes that can be considered American because the ingredients or style of preparation originated in what would become the U.S. Despite its Spanish name, chili con carne has little to do with Mexican cooking and probably had its origin in pioneer and cowboy one-pot cooking.

 

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Louisiana Cajun and creole cooking is an example of adapting a variety of influences - French, Spanish, African, Native American - to local ingredients.

Jambalaya, file gumbo and red snapper creole style:

 

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Sweet potato pancakes from New Orleans.  Pancakes weren't an American invention, but maple syrup was,

 

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A crawfish boil:

 

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Turducken is a deboned chicken roasted inside a deboned duck inside a mostly deboned turkey, with some sort of  stuffing in the cavities.  Nobody knows who first cooked a turducken, bu it first became popular in New Orleans.  The concept goes back to ancient Rome.

 

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It's a complicated and time-consuming dish to make and a lot of people prefer to buy a commercially prepared turducken.

 

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Frogmore stew from the South Carolina low county and Key lime pie from Florida:

 

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Biscuits and gravy:

 

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Pecan pie:

 

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Boston baked beans and coleslaw:

 

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San Francisco sourdough bread and a small round loaf filled with New England clam chowder:

 

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A few more dishes that were created in the U.S.  Lobster Newberg, Caesare salad, Oysters Rockefeller, eggs Benedict and Frito pie .

 

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In the dessert category, pumpkin pie is a natural. The saying should go, "As American as pumpkin pie," since the pumpkin was unknown before the discovery of the New World. Same-same with popcorn.

 

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The ice cream sundae was invented in Evanston, IL, where I went to university. In 1890, the city fathers passed a blue law forbidding the sale of ice cream sodas (another U.S. creation) on Sundays.  At that time, soda parlors were a gathering place for young people and the religious  people of Evanston didn't want the children diverted by sinful thoughts of soda on Sundays.  An enterprising soda jerk simply left out the soda water and poured the syrup directly over the ice cream. It was called an ice cream Sunday at first, but the spelling was changed when fundamentalists objected to the using the name of the Sabbath for an ice cream treat.

 

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The ice cream soda was first put together in Philadelphia in 1874.  It quickly became a nationwide hit.

 

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Evil

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Some more pics of Key lime pie and other U.S. desserts:

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Baked Alaska:

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Boston Cream Pie and Boston Cream Poke Cake:

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Various cream pies:

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5 minutes ago, Evil Penevil said:

Some more pics of Key lime pie and other U.S. desserts:

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Baked Alaska:

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Boston Cream Pie and Boston Cream Poke Cake:

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Various cream pies:

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Looks great Robb,no wonder most Americans are the size of a house.

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Some other American specialties:

Roast bison

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Roast racoon

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Grilled armadillo

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Baked poissum

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Grilled groundhog

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I've had all the above except armadillo.

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