The 20 Best Traditional USA Dishes

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When we think of American Cuisine our minds jump to the comforting food concoctions that combine a variety of USA favorites that one grew up with: burgers, fried chicken, meatloaf, chocolate chip cookies and Potato salad to name a few.

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French Fries

These generally salted elongated pieces of fried Potatoes better known as French fries or finger chips are served hot, either soft or crispy, and generally eaten as part of lunch or dinner or even as a snack.

Hot Dog

This cooked sausage traditionally grilled or steamed is associated with Baseball and is served in a sliced bun as a sandwich. The typical garnishing variants include mustard, ketchup, onions, mayonnaise, relish, cheese, chili, and sauerkraut with mixed baked beans. The preparation of Hot Dog has regional variations to it, for example, New York-style Hot dog is served with ketchup and Chicago-style is served on a poppy seed bun with absolutely no ketchup.

Tuna Fish Sandwich

This sandwich is a high Protein food combined with mayonnaise and other ingredients such as hard boiled eggs, Onion, cucumber, sweet corn and black olives and celery and can be topped with lettuce, tomato or other vegetables and fruits, or avocado in any combination. In short this wholesome meal is the staple lunch in offices for generations.

Reuben Sandwich

Another American Staple is this sandwich of classic corned beef, sauerkraut, and Swiss cheese on Russian rye bread. The calorie conscious can opt for reduced-fat Thousand Island dressing as well. The sandwich is then grilled until hot and delicious and can be served with steaming vegetable soup and dill pickles.

Barbecue Ribs

In American Cuisine the Barbecuing food has been one of the country’s oldest traditions and has now evolved into an art, with bbq fanatics and lovers all over the country partial to their favorite styles. The authentic barbeque ribs are slow cooked for around 4-5 hrs coated in special spice rub and various barbeque sauces thus making them extra tasty.

Tater Tots

A slight variation on the traditional spud is this side dish made from deep-fried, grated potatoes. These grated potatoes mini balls are widely recognized by their crispness, cylindrical in shape, and are found in breakfast spots, fast food joints and diners.


Steak is a good source of protein and is rich in the mineral iron, and a typical American dinner consists of either a grilled beefsteak, fish steak, ground meat steak, pork steak and many more varieties accompanied with sautéed onions and mushrooms with a starchy side dish usually baked or mashed potatoes, or thick cut french fries known as steak fries. Some common sides are Chili, rice, pasta, or beans and rounding out with some sort of bread, usually a dinner roll.

Macaroni and Cheese

Favourite in households across the country in North America. This popular dish in North America comes in endless varieties.

Broccoli Chicken Casserole

This delicious chicken and broccoli casserole is a simple, quick and very satisfying dinner main course dish topped With Buttered Bread Crumbs is everyone’s favourite.

Buffalo Chicken Wings

These Buffalo wings are very popular in American cuisine that is generally deep-fried then coated or dipped in a sauce consisting of a vinegar-based cayenne pepper hot sauce and melted butter prior to serving. They can be prepared boneless or the old traditional style and is served with various types of sauces, such as hot, medium, mild, garlic or honey flavored.

Cinnabon Rolls

For those who have a sweet tooth, so this is the right choice for them Savour these incredible soft and fluffy mouthwatering rolls as they are one of America’s favorite indulgences.

Mashed Potato

Mashed potatoes colloquially known as mash,is certified as heart healthy food by American Heart Association having healthy amounts of fiber, protein and starchy carbohydrates. Prepared by boiled, peeled and mashed potatoes with Milk and butter frequently used in preparation and it is frequently whipped at the end. This is usually a side dish to meat or vegetables.

Potato Salad

A side dish usually accompanying the main course. This Tangy, salty,and sweet American-style potato salad is served cold or at room temperature and tastes feather light inspite of the two heavy ingredients potato and Mayonnaise. For the health conscious Mayonnaise can also be substituted with yogurt or sour cream.

Apple Pie

This awesome dessert served with whipped cream or ice cream on top alongside cheddar cheese is associated with all things American, like baseball, the Statue of Liberty and Uncle Sam. Served on occasions this tart is also considered as the symbol of American pride and prosperity.

Banana Split

This again is a classic ice cream-based dessert served in a long dish called a boat. A banana is cut in half lengthwise and laid in the dish and scoops of vanilla, chocolate and strawberry ice cream served in a row between the split banana and then garnished with crushed nuts, whipped cream, and maraschino cherries.

Biscuits and Gravy

A very popular breakfast dish in the United States, especially in the South mainly comprising of soft dough biscuits covered in either sawmill or sausage gravy, made from white flour, cooked pork sausage, milk, and bits of sausage, bacon, ground beef, or other meat. The gravy is often flavored with black pepper.

Chocolate Chip Cookie

The traditional cookie having originated in the United States combines a dough composed of butter and both brown and white sugar with semi-sweet chocolate chips.


This is made of corn ,that is ground into a coarse meal and then boiled. This Native American food is eaten mainly at breakfast.


The hamburger is always a safe option on an American menu in every restaurant. Customize it with your favourite toppings with lettuce, caramelized onions, mustard, mayonnaise and Americans contend to be the first to combine two slices of bread and a steak of ground beef into a hamburger ‘sandwich’. A sinful delight not to be missed.


When it comes to typical American breakfasts, Pancakes are one Front runner which can be topped off with a variety of condiments like maple syrup, fruits, bacon, egg and of course, chocolate sauce. Yes, pancakes make people happy.

During Thanksgiving nothing tastes so good as the American meal of Turkey accompanied with Cornbread, onion and celery, sausage, fruit, chestnuts, oysters etc.

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