Eating in the United States
You should not go to the United States to taste the “Haute Cuisine”. People usually eat very high-calorie and greasy. Even though most dishes are originally from South America or Europe, the Americans still have their own recognizable food culture. Let me list their specialties.
Breakfast cereals are extremely popular in the US. There are literally dozens of varieties available in every supermarket. The best known is definitely Cheerios which looks a bit like mini donuts. The manufacturer is General Mills. It has been around since 1941 and the “Honey Nut” variation of the classic “O” is almost as popular and does not sell better than the number two, Kellogg’s Corn Flakes.
Americans eat pancakes for breakfast several times a week. This delicacy is also called hotcakes, griddlecakes or flapjacks. Although you can easily make the batter yourself (eggs, flour and flour) the “batter” is usually just pre-packaged. Pancakes-in-a-can, as it were. The pancakes are usually only made with a maximum diameter of 10 cm and about 1 cm thick. Sometimes things are added to the batter such as bananas, chocolate, apples, cheese or bacon. After baking, add syrup, jam, honey or peanut butter.
The American bread is white, spongy, salted, and fairly flavorless, and is sold in plastic bags at any supermarket. So don’t expect hot or cold bakers in the US. In the diet department you can also find dark bread, but this is not exactly popular in the US. The bread is usually eaten in two different ways. The first way is to make sandwiches with it. Two slices of bread with vegetables, meat or cheese in between and flavored with a dressing. Scrambled eggs are also often used as a topping. One can also buy prepared sandwiches. The most famous chain for this is “Subway” with no less than 28000 restaurants / shops. A second option is to toast the bread and eat it with jam, peanut butter or butter. A special very popular toast is the French toast. To do this, the bread is first dipped in a mixture of egg and milk, after which the bread is browned in the pan.
Most Americans often eat egg dishes for breakfast. Americans are not satisfied with a simple boiled egg. Either they want a sunny side up, but usually they want scrambled eggs. You can also mix the egg before putting it in the pan and use it to bake a pancake. “over easy” is a lightly baked item. A well-baked item is called “over done”. Mushrooms, bacon, cheese or salami or pieces of potato are often baked with the eggs.
There are more types of donuts than you think. There are two main donut groups: the yeast leavened donuts and the cake donuts. We especially know the cake donut. The donut batter that you can buy ready-made in American stores, you just need to fry it in the right shape for no more than a few seconds and it’s done. Yeast-risen donuts should first be allowed to rise for an hour, but they are also more tender and rich in taste. Although donut dough can be bought ready-made, donuts are usually already prepared in the supermarket or donut shop, which usually sells coffee and hot drinks in addition to a variety of pastries. “Dunkin Donut” and “Starbucks” are the best known chains in the US. The donuts are of course also processed in all kinds of ways. You have the “frosted” and “glazed” ones with sugar. But also the deco donuts with chocolate and many dyes. You also have filled donuts with pudding (custard cream) or jam or chocolate spread. Not all donuts are round and have a hole in the middle! They really come in all shapes and can just as well be square or elongated. It should also be noted that the hole of the donut is usually also sold individually as a ball.
Lunch or dinner
Americans eat a lot of pizza. Often more than once a week. You can buy the pizza dough (pizza dow) ready-made and put it on top yourself and bake it in the oven or you can order it by phone, after which it will be delivered to your home. A pizza looks largely the same as with us, but they are ordered completely differently. A pizza consists of a series of “slices” (pre-cut triangles). The more slices you want, the bigger the pizza. If you are four and you all like to eat 2 pieces, you have to order a pizza with 8 slices. Often the sizes of the pizza are also indicated in inches. The base of the pizza contains tomato sauce, herbs and cheese. So you have to choose 1, 2 or more “toppings” on top of this. Toppings include salami (salami, sausage or pepperoni, depending on the type of sausage used), anchovies, mushrooms or peppers. You can also order extra cheese or tomatoes. Every topping or extra naturally comes at an additional cost.
Onion rings are a typical American snack that is also served with main meals as a “side dish” (side dish). It is easy to make by mixing milk, egg and flour and submerging the onion rings before frying them until golden brown. You can eat them with any sauce such as ketchup or barbecue sauce.
Chicken is also fried in the same way as the onion rings. Pieces of breast are then called “nuggets”, pieces with bone are called “wings”. To give the nuggets or wings extra flavor, you need to season the dough extra. You can also easily solve this by rolling the pieces of chicken after dipping them into the dough also through finely ground paprika or other chips and then deep-frying. In America there is really a huge range of chips available. You can of course also put together your own spice mix and mix it with breadcrumbs or breadcrumbs. Numerous restaurant chains supply or serve their own chicken specialties. The most famous is certainly “Kentucky Fried Chicken”.
This is still a quintessentially American meat dish that has faded into the background due to the fast food culture, but remains an ideal feast, just like the stuffed turkey at Christmas. Like most American dishes, the recipe is simple yet effective. One or more types of minced meat are mixed with other ingredients such as eggs and breadcrumbs soaked in milk, but also onion and possibly celery, mushrooms, cheese and of course herbs such as garlic and pepper. Sometimes pieces of potato are also mixed in. The meatloaf is then baked at 180 degrees for 40 minutes and served with tomato sauce or ketchup.
Make no mistake; in America the Hot Dog is a main meal. Just like in Europe, it is no more than a bun cut in half with a sausage heated in water with some onion and ketchup or possibly mustard. The sausages are sometimes grilled on the barbecue and the choice of sausages is diverse.
When the weather permits, the American will quickly switch to barbecuing. It is a national sport, as it were. Every Sunday men show off their perfectly grilled ribs and their burgers bordering on perfection. The barbecue sauce is also an important part of barbecuing. You can buy the sauce ready-to-eat in jars or make it yourself by simmering ketchup, brown sugar, onion and many herbs gently for a while. Since it’s a men’s business, it doesn’t hurt to mix some peppers and beer in it either. You can also marinate meat dishes in this sauce. Seafood such as scampis, lobster and salmon can also be taken on the barbecue. And baked potatoes and by firmly preheating a few bricks on the barbecue, you can even bake pizza on them, such as in a brick oven.
Potato lettuce, “fries” (chips) and “mashed patatoes” (puree) are very popular, just like in Europe. Only the ordinary boiled potatoes are rarely eaten. The chips are usually cut very thick and often the skin is even left on the potato before frying or frying them in oil. In a meat dish, pieces of potato are sometimes also cooked in the oven with the meat.
A hamburger is the most important American national dish. The base is a round bun (hamburger bun) cut in half with a slice of fried ground beef in between. Usually supplemented with some finely chopped iceberg lettuce, a slice of tomato, a little onion and pickle and a cheddar cheese shell. And of course the dressing is very important. This is often ketchup or barbecue sauce, but a real hamburger dressing is what I call the “big mac sauce”: mayonnaise with a generous spoonful of sugar, mustard, vinegar and finely chopped onion. Variations on the traditional hamburger include burgers with chicken, bacon, or breaded fish fillet. Mc Donalds remains by far the largest burger chain. But the competition is fierce, just think of Burger King, Arby’s,
Wendy’s, In-N-Out and many others
like chips and candy bars, popcorn is very popular in America. You can buy it in bags that you have to put in the microwave for a few minutes or just pop them yourself. You should use special corn for popcorn. You should heat a layer of oil in a pot and stir in the corn. Do put a lid on the jar! After a few minutes, the corn will start to pop. When popping is almost done, remove pot from heat and mix sugar or salt into the popcorn. You can also mix in warm caramel sauce or peanut sauce, according to taste.