American food: USA Greatest dishes

1.) Key lime pie

Make Key lime pie instead of limeade if life gives you limes. The Florida Keys, where the small limes that gave the pie its name originated, are where this spunky tart first gained notoriety as the official state pie of Florida.

2.) Tater tots

We all adore French fries, but the Tater Tot is an American culinary variant on the potato theme that is popular at Sonic drive-ins and school cafeterias nationwide.

3.) Cobb salad

Although the chef's salad began in the East, American chefs working with lettuce in the West weren't about to be beaten.

4.) Pot roast

Pot roast takes a sentimental favourite spot in the top 10 of American comfort meals since it was the Sunday family dinner of every baby boomer's youth. Without it, an entire generation would be lost.

6.) Jerky

Stand with your feet hip-width apart and your toes pointing out slightly. Keeping your back straight, bend your knees and sit back until your thighs are parallel with the floor.

7.) Fajitas

Take a few cowboys who work the range and the cattle that were killed to feed them. Set the hands' take-home compensation to include the wasteful cuts of meat, then let their creative juices go.

8.) GORP

Backpackers all throughout the world turn on "Good Old Raisins and Peanuts," or GORP, for their energy needs. In Europe, where hiking is essentially a national activity, trail mix was consumed centuries before it was sold by the bag and the bin.

9.) Jambalaya

crawfish pie, file gumbo, jambalaya... What meal could be so allusive that Hank Williams composed a celebration song for it in 1952 and dozens more covered it, including Jo Stafford, Credence Clearwater Revival, and Emmylou Harris?

10.) California roll

The California roll is much more than just the introduction to sushi; yet, it is precisely how it began in Los Angeles, when sushi chefs from Japan were attempting to establish a beachhead in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

11.) Meatloaf

one of the simplest comfort foods. When "Cannelon of Beef" first appeared in Fannie Farmer's 1918 "Boston Cooking School Cook Book," who would have thought that every parent in America would eventually have her own version?

12.) Grits

Those who didn't consume them growing up are unsure of what they are. The majority of people in the South who did eat them growing up are perplexed as to how anyone could survive without them.

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