Unpacking a country's traditional food can take some time and dedication because everyone has different regions, roots, traditions, and so on.
So, where to start? America has some of the most delicious food in the world and we are here to give you a scoop of the most popular and famous dishes in the country.
You might think of fried chicken, barbecue pork, beef, hot dogs, hamburgers, pizza, corn, biscuits, apple or pumpkin pie, and every other delicious dish you've had in the country.
Every state in the country, from California to Texas to New York, has its own different culinary style and its own recipes. But, the US also has some foods that are staples across the country.
Below you'll find a list of three of the most common dishes and three of the most common desserts in America. Keep in mind that this list is not limited and there are many other popular foods in the country.
For example, Americans also love eating beef, pork, fried chicken, hot dogs while watching the fireworks on the 4th of July, or a good sandwich watching the basketball game. We love cake, a sweet breakfast, chocolate, bread, salad, or soup for dinner, and we love to eat a fruit bowl with cream.
However, continue reading to learn more about the most popular dishes and desserts. Go check our guide to the United States cooking to learn more about the subject.
Thanksgiving dinner has to be one of the most popular American foods because of all its delicious dishes and its history.
Thanksgiving dinner has become so popular that people around the world now celebrate it with friends and call it "Friendsgiving" after they were introduced to the tradition by an American.
The dinner usually consists of turkey (roasted or deep-fried), served with dressing (bread or cornbread, onion, and celery, sausage, fruit, chestnuts), cranberry sauce, mashed and sweet potatoes, that funky green bean casserole with the French-fried onion rings on top, and of course, pumpkin pie.
Thanksgiving is usually celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November and President Abraham Lincoln was the first US president to officially declare the festival as the last Thursday in November.
However, Thanksgiving is also officially celebrated in countries like Canada, Libera, Saint Lucia, the Philippines, and the Netherlands. Canada celebrates Thanksgiving on the second Monday of October.
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Who doesn't love a good, tasty, crunchy cheeseburger?
The cheeseburger is one of the most popular and favorite American dishes in the world. You can have it at gourmet restaurants or in fast food chains like Burger King, In-N-Out, Five Guys, and more.
It is said that this delicious dish was created by accident in the 1920s when a young chef at The Rite Spot accidentally burned a burger and to cover his accident he slapped on some cheese to the burned side.
I bet you're now smiling after learning about this happy accident!
Whenever people are asked about American cuisine, the answer is usually a cheeseburger. The cheeseburger is so famous around the world and every country has added and adapted it to their own local cuisine.
You can find Mexican cheeseburgers which include an added portion of guacamole or fusion with other foods like pineapple, sweet, or hot sauce, and more.
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This sandwich is named after a city in America, Philadelphia.
This greasy famous sandwich is made of beef grilled in grease plus onions and cheese (American, provolone, or Cheese Whiz), all of which is laid into a long locally made bread.
The creators of the Philly cheesesteak were Pat and Harry Olivieri, owners of the restaurant Pat's King of Steaks since 1930 and till this day crowned as the best cheesesteak in town.
However, if you're in the mood for a salad you better look away from all the American delicacies because there is nothing better they mostly have greasy and crunchy food to offer.
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Now, let's talk about American desserts.
The blueberry cobbler is famous across America. It first appeared during the colonial era when the British, who didn't have access to an oven, figured they could make a fruit dish and use a pot or a pan and start cooking it over the fire.
The blueberry is a signature fruit in North America, which is why this dessert is the most American dessert you will come across with.
As you probably already figured, blueberries aren't only used to cook cobbler. Americans love to put this fruit in all kinds of dishes. You can have muffins, pancakes, cake, and more.
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Is there a better butter dessert than chocolate-chip cookies?
This American staple is famous around the world for its delicious taste and its easy recipe. The chocolate chip cookie was coined by Andrew Nestle and the original recipe is still in the box today.
Ruth Wakefield, the owner of the popular Toll House Inn, known for home cooking in 1930s Whitman, Massachusetts, accidentally created the chocolate chip cookies. She was cooking the usual when she ran out of ingredients and used chocolate instead.
It is said that she then passed the recipe to Nestle, and as we all know, the rest is history. Today, you can find chocolate chip cookies in New York, Texas, Seattle, and almost any city in the world.
The best part is that there is not just one style of chocolate chip cookie. There are many variants now and we love them all! I bet you really want to eat a cookie right about now!
To finish up our list of biscuits, we want to talk about the American s'mores. This sweet, melted, crunchy treat is famous to eat during campfires and while hanging with friends.
People eat them in every state and it's a country's favorite. Eating a s'more is like putting together all the ingredients that make a dessert the best.
You have butter from the cookie, cream from the marshmallow, and chocolate melted all together in a stick over a campfire and served straight to your tummy.
You can celebrate National S'mores Day on the 10th of August by going out to your backyard and start melting away!