Top-5 Favourite American Dishes. Top-5 Popular Desserts in US

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california-burger avaTraditional American cuisine is not very healthy, though it's rather delicious. Mostly we like meat and sweets. Of course, it can be harmful for our health – all those burgers, French fries and pizzas, – but it still is a tradition for us to eat hot dogs on the 4th of July or grill steaks at barbeques. And we respect our traditions. If to talk about dessert traditions in US, it has to be chocolate. All the most popular desserts contain chocolate – it's our weakness, our curse if you like. But it's so damn good.


Top-5 Favourite Dishes in US

1. Burgers

hamburgerAmericans love burgers. We make different kinds of burgers: hamburgers, cheeseburgers, chicken burgers, fish burgers, turkey burgers, mushroom burgers, veggie burgers and so on. An average American has 3 hamburgers a week. But burgers we buy aren't very healthy food – meat with all that hormones fed to cattle, flavour enhancers, chemicals to keep meat fresh, poor composition of vegetables (especially in winter) etc. That's why homemade burgers are much better, but still not perfect.

Recipes:

Tunaburgers

Italian-style Cheeseburgers

Relish burgers

Chicken and Corn Burgers

Basic Cheeseburger Deluxe Recipes

American Cheeseburger Recipes


2. Hot Dogs

hot-dogHot Dogs are another favourite American food. Average American eats more than 50 hot dogs a year. Hot dog is a traditional dish for the 4th of July, on this day 150 million hot dogs are sold in US. Classic hot dog contains hot dog bun, sausage, and mustard, ketchup or mayonnaise. But homemade hot dogs usually contain some vegetables too (pickles, onions, corn, pepper etc).

Recipes:

Hot dogs


3. French Fries

French-FriesOn the third place go French fries. More then ¼ of all potatoes sold in US is used for French fries. So, every year Americans eat 2 million tones of French fries. But one should know that such food is rather unhealthy or even harmful. The way French fries are cooked – frying in a large amount of oil – makes it not good for health. Fast food restaurants usually use the same oil many times, which makes it toxic. Also potatoes turn to sugar very quickly in the body. And that's also bad.


4. Pizza

pizzaActually, this dish relates to Italian cuisine, but we cook/buy and eat it so often, that pizza's become favourite American national dish. Statistics says that 94% of Americans eat pizza regularly. About 3 billion pizzas are sold annually in the US. There are lots of different toppings for pizza: cheese, meat, vegetables and greens, fish, mushrooms, seafood, and, of course, spices. Pizza is more healthy food, than all the previous in this list. But only if it's cooked of natural, not genetically modified products, grown without chemicals and pesticides.

Recipes:

Banana maple syrup pizza

Cherry & almond pizza

Pizza piperade

Pissaladiere

Mexican chilli pizza

Pizza with clams

Spicy pork and pepper pizza

Four seasons pizza


5. Steak

SteakSteak is one of the favourite American meat dishes. It's a must-have for any barbeque. Most men in US can cook steak and likes to eat it. Steak can be made of different kinds of meat (beef, chicken, lamb, pork etc.), fish steaks are also delicious and popular. We cook in US either steaks without bones, or rib steaks and T-bone steaks.

Recipes:

Lamb Steaks with Fruit Side Dish

Guinness Marinated Steaks

Devilled Steaks

Steak au Poivre

Quick _ fried Steaks with Barbecue Glaze

Carpetbag Steak

Steak with Tomatoes and Red Wine Sauce


Top-5 Popular Desserts in US

1. Fudge – this dessert is on the top-list of almost any American. There are hundreds of different fudge recipes and variations. You can use chocolate, nuts, jam, candies and other ingredients to make fudge.

2. Chocolate Cake – just ordinary chocolate cake, but how delicious does it sound. A lot of people in US prefer this dessert to any other cake. It can be cooked for a party or for ordinary days to cheer up.

3. Chocolate Chip Cookies – maybe we just love chocolate, but ordinary cookies turn into favourite American dessert with adding chocolate chips. To add even more flavour to this dessert serve it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

4. Brownies – one of the most welcomed dessert in America. It's the best ending for any dinner. There are also lots of different recipes of brownies, you can use not only chocolate, but coffee, peanut butter, cream cheese as well.

5. Ice Cream – great cold dessert, Americans love it, especially in summer. One can buy different kinds of ice cream in food stores, or prepare it at home. Mostly people add some nuts, chocolate chips, jams, fresh fruit, spices (e.g. peppermint) etc. to the ice cream. This world-old dessert never loses its popularity.

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