10 Popular American Foods that Celebrate the Nations Culinary Creativity

Gravy and Biscuits

The British brought the original biscuit and a Southern favorite to the nation. During the Revolutionary War, the “sawmill” gravy was prepared as a cost-effective yet filling option for breakfast in the southern colonies.

Traditionally, lard or butter and buttermilk were used to prepare the biscuits. Black pepper, meat drippings and fresh pork sausage in chunks were typical of the country gravy.

Today, the biscuits are made from different kinds of ingredients, ranging from chive to bacon and a combination of the two.

Buffalo Chicken Wings

First prepared in the 1960s, the fried chicken wings were doused in buffalo sauce (vinegar hot sauce with cayenne. New York’s Anchor Bar in Buffalo was the first to serve this American delicacy. It’s a popular food served in bars as a snack.

Hot Dogs

An all-American hot dog is a great accompaniment for your baseball game or summer cookout.

Also known as frankfurter or frank, Charles Feltman, a German, is credited with the creation of this delicacy. He served German sausage on buns to save space on plates.

You can prepare it in different styles.


Cheeseburger and hamburger are popular in the U.S. Some variations include:

  1. Fast food
  2. Traditional
  3. Gourmet, etc.

It can be served juicy or with green chili, sliders, bacon, etc. Burgers are popular due to their taste, ease of preparation, and fast cook time.

Barbecue Ribs

With barbecue lovers and fanatics across the nation, grilling food is an art and a favorite outdoor cookout experience for all.

Cookouts tend to be passionate and deliver exceptional outdoor experience. Whether you like your barbecued food with a vinegar base, wet ribs or as a hearty offering, there’re many ways to prepare barbecue ribs.


Eating grits is rooted in the Southern US. Made from coarsely-ground corn kernels, this dish is versatile to suit the different preferences out there.

You can serve yours with oatmeal for breakfast, or shrimp for dinner. Ranging from sweet to savory dishes, your plate of grits will leave you satisfied.

Tater Tots

Grated potato mini-balls in cylindrical shapes are fried to make them crispy on the outside. You may already love French fries but tater tots are a must-try. They’re served in fast food joints but you can easily prepare the dish for dinner or breakfast.

Apple Pie

Apple pie is an iconic American food brought to the country by Dutch and British immigrants during colonialism. It has evolved over the years into a truly American food experience.

Serve it with a scoop of ice cream of your favorite flavor.

Reuben sandwich

American delis are known for Swiss cheese, classic corned beef, and sauerkraut sandwich. The American classic dish was created either by Germany’s Arnold Reuben or Nebraska’s Reuben Kulakofsky back in 1914.


Seasonings and ground meat are mixed then shaped into a loaf using hands or a loaf pan for roasting. It’s then topped with ketchup or sauce.

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