Traditional American Food

United States
November 12, 2012 11:52pm CST
America is a nation of immigrants and when people think of "real" American food, they tell me it is hamburger, pizza, etc. I know in my house we definitely didn't eat this every day. We ate mostly casseroles and Americanized food from other countries (Mexican, Italian, and Chinese were really common). I am having a hard time explaining what American food is to my students who are newcomers to the U.S. What is traditional American food to you?
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• United States
16 Nov 12
I am not an American but base on my observation. Americans can survive with hotdogs and buns. I think Pizza is an influenced from Italians? I'm not sure though but that's what I usually from the Americans and Oh salad, yes salad :)
• United States
16 Nov 12
*I usually see*
• United States
16 Nov 12
In the ESL book I was teaching from, the story claimed that pizza was invented by an Italian immigrant in NYC...so it is Italian-American! :) I know I wouldn't survive on hot dogs and buns...those things are scary!
@aseretdd (13736)
• Philippines
15 Nov 12
It would definitely be steak... but the ones you mentioned are also like the all time favorite american food... they are mostly eaten during snack time... the steak is like the favorite lunch or dinner... and i know some Americans who can eat this everyday... with mashed potatoes and salad... Steak here in my country is cooked differently... in restaurants... we are rarely asked if we want rare, medium or well done... it would always be well done... but when i was in the US... i love my steak medium well...
@marguicha (106333)
• Chile
16 Nov 12
When I think of meat, I never think of the United States. For me the best meat I have eaten by far has been meat from Argentina. And I have been in Texas eating there too.
• United States
16 Nov 12
You're right, "steak and potatoes" is a classic American meal. My old colleagues were from Texas and always talked about BBQs and briskets. I guess I haven't had the full experience yet!
• United States
14 Nov 12
Things like Burgers are American because they where invented here. They didn't travel. I think other foods would be Buffalo wings, mac and cheese, Maple syrup (Native Americans made this) Cheesecake!
• United States
16 Nov 12
Hmm...I forgot about maple syrup and cheesecake! Cheesecake is amazing! :)
• United States
17 Nov 12
• Indonesia
13 Nov 12
I love American Cuisine for more practical and fast food. American cuisine is a culinary kind developed in the states of the United States, ranging from the mainland to the islands of Hawaii. These dishes are popular in the United States of various countries in the world economy and expansion of American restaurant outlets that sell hamburgers, fries, hot dogs, pizza (with its own peculiar) and barbecue. Reflecting the influence of various immigrant and native tribes, the United States cuisine is one of the world's richest culinary. I like pizza very much. In my town, I always eat pizza 3 times in a week. I have go to New England, U.S., 2 years ago. All New England cuisine in the United States are affected from the culinary traditions of European immigrants in the past and is still maintained today. And the most interesting for me was the southern United States, where it is the food of immigrant cuisines influenced by the French, Scottish, Irish, English, Spanish, Indian (Native) and black African descent. The main ingredients of which many are produced pork, corn and seafood. Grill-roast or barbecue that has been known around the world comes from this region and stems from the way the Indians roasting meat over a fire that was introduced to the settlers. Maybe if I have time, I will visit US again. I want to go to Hawaii island, and I will check their special food.
• United States
16 Nov 12
Speaking of Hawaii (I live in Hawaii), you'll certainly enjoy your visits here. It's a fusion of everything like Asian (Chinese,Filipino, Vietnamese, Korean and Japanese), Italian, American and Hawaiian Dish. You have a lot of selection. If ever you have the chance to go here you should try going to Helena's Restaurant,they serve local (Hawaiian Food). I particularly like Kalua Pig and Huli Huli Chicken. You should go to North Shore, You will enjoy the view of the big waves and the good food as well, chocolate pie at Teds as your dessert. Now you an idea :)
• United States
16 Nov 12
I hope I get to travel to more states! I have never had Hawaiian cuisine, but those dishes sound delicious!
@marguicha (106333)
• Chile
16 Nov 12
In such a big country (almost a continent) where so many cultures melt, it`s difficult to say what is traditional american food. I hope that posterity does not asociate traditional american food with Mc Donald`s or other fast food chains. If I were to think about the subject, I`d start with what is served in Thanksgiving and follow that through all the contributions that different ethnic groups have made. I have been checking lately on some southern food such as Gumbo, Jambalaya and the like.
• United States
16 Nov 12
That's what I was hoping to find. I am American, as is my family, but we grew up eating foods from many different cultures. There were some recipes from my German heritage as well. I also think that America is so diverse (even from region to region) that it's hard to give a straight answer of "American food". But I agree with you. I cringe whenever my students tell me that American food is McDonald's and pizza.