10 Must-try American Dishes

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American cuisine has become world-famous due to its amazing taste. It has derived influences from other cultures as well, but in the end, made it all-American food experience.

Here, in this article, I have collated a list of popular American dishes.

  1. Apple Pie:

Apple Pie

Apple pie is one of the iconic American dishes. It is a sweet dish loved by all Americans. It is a simple dish made up of buttery pastry, sugar, and sliced apples. It is one of the popular desserts, best served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Many variants of this pie have emerged over time and many people have devoted so much of their time to perfecting the recipe. Having a slice of apple pie can bring you a distinctly American food experience.

  1. Burger:


Burgers, both hamburgers and cheeseburgers, are very popular in the US. You can find them at a fast-food stand as well as at a high-end restaurant. The basic ingredients of burgers are ham/beef patty, toasted buns, and cheese. For add-ons and relishes, there are many kinds of sauces (e.g. barbeque, mustard, tomato), veggies (e.g. lettuces, tomatoes, onions, peppers), and other toppings (e.g. bacon, salami). There are infinite variations to these burgers and you can customize them according to your taste and flavor.

  1. Hot Dogs:

Hot Dogs

Hotdogs are famous in America, especially as an outdoor recipe. It is great for cookouts in summer with your grill on. Ingredients required for this food are very basic, namely, hotdog buns and sausages. The sausages are roasted on the fire grill and served inside of the bun. You top them with ketchup and other relishes as per your taste and you have got yourself a delicious hotdog to quench your appetite. You can use a variety of buns as well and toast them too if you wish.

  1. Tater Tots:

Tater Tots

Tater tots, a variation of French fries, are very well-liked in America. It is more popularly found at diners and fast food joints. They can be used as breakfast as well as starters before a meal. The ingredient is very simple- potatoes. You grate the potatoes, shape them into a mini cylindrical shape, and then deep fry them. It comes out all crispy on the exterior and juicy on the interior. To garnish them, you can use ketchup, ranch, or cilantro as per your preference. This mouthwatering dish is a must-try.

  1. Barbeque Ribs:

Barbeque Ribs

It is an old American tradition to barbeque food outdoors on a grill. It is not only a method of cooking, but it is a passion for many in America. Barbequing meat at a game or doing a tailgate is of absolute joy to the people in the US. The ingredients for this are quite simple. They are meat (pork ribs or beef ribs) and barbeque sauce. Once you grill your meat to perfection, smear it with the aromatic barbeque sauce. The rich, sweet sauce on the tender meat is so tasty that you can’t look away.

  1. Meatloaf:


Meatloaf is a homely meal that almost all family in America have their own family recipe for the same. In almost all American households you can find meatloaf being prepared for a meal. The ingredients for this dish are ground meat and sauces. You roast the meat in a loaf pan giving it a loaf shape and once it is cooked, you top it with a sauce of your choice (you can also use ketchup). This heartfelt, appetite-quenching meal is a part of every American kitchen.

  1. Tacos:


In a fast food-loving country like America, tacos have made their way into its streets. You can find a taqueria on almost all the streets. There are even famous taco chains like Taco Bells. Ingredients for this food item are taquitos, meat fillings of your choice, and seasoning. You fill the crisp fried taquitos with chicken cooked in taco seasoning (other meat of your choice) and top it with guacamole, veggies, and other sauces. These tasty, spicy, and sweet-scented tacos are ready for you to eat.

  1. Biscuits and Gravy:

Biscuits & Gravy

American biscuits are basically a type of scones made using butter/lard and buttermilk. The gravy consists of sausage meat and black pepper. This thick white gravy is smeared on top of the biscuits in a bowl and garnished with bacon bits and chives. This can be used as a heavy breakfast food as well. This traditional meal was introduced to the country by the British and has been improvised to the American taste since then. This savory dish is as filling as it is yummy.

  1. Deep-dish Pizza:

Deep Dish Pizza

Pizza is the most preferred American food popular all over the world. As the name suggests the crusts on the rim of the pizza are higher than the base and give the pizza a dish-like shape. The crust is filled with cheese and the pizza has marinara sauce, mozzarella cheese, and other meat toppings. It is best made in an iron cast skillet and a firewood oven. You get the burst of cheese in the crust and this tasty pizza will keep your mouth watering.

  1. Macaroni and Cheese:
Macroni and Cheese
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Cheese is the most favored food in America. Macaroni and cheese is a great way to indulge yourself in the richness of the cheese. This is mostly an easy-to-make homemade meal that even a teenager can make in the kitchen. Ingredients required for this food item are macaroni pasta, milk, and cheese. Cook the pasta in the milk on a stove and then add cheese to it. Once it is cooked, you can empty it into a pan, top it with cheeses, and then bake it in the oven. Now your creamy macaroni and cheese is ready to be savored.


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Sahil Kohli
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