joe asked in Society & CultureLanguages · 8 months ago

What is the most traditional US dish?

What would be the US equivalent to Italian Lasagna, Spanish Paella, French Crepes or Mexican Enchiladas?

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  • Lili
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    8 months ago
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    We're really too large and diverse to have one traditional dish.  Some people might say hamburgers or fried chicken, but others would come up with entirely different suggestions.

    Roast turkey with stuffing is served at most American Thanksgiving and Christmas meals, so I think I might suggest that.  Wild turkey was eaten at the first Thanksgiving meal in 1621.

    Lasagna's just a type of pasta. It's not the Italian national dish.

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  • 8 months ago

    I would say HAMBURGER! To such a point it could almost to be the emblem of the US. lol

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  • 8 months ago

    It's all very well for those much smaller, ethnically less diverse, countries to have a specific 'traditional' dish. The USA is a vast country encompassing many different ethnic traditions and cuisines.

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  • Anonymous
    8 months ago

    Come on, hamburger and fries, other answers are just wrong. Yes, even if they're French fries and hamburgers are named after a German city. We don't do etymologies while we're eating.

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  • 8 months ago

    I vote for Kraft Macaroni and Cheese because I grew up on the stuff.  My late mother was a terrible cook, but she was never able to ruin a box of good old Mac 'n Cheese.  

    • bluebellbkk
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      8 months agoReport

      It's incredibly popular here in Scotland too.

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  • Anonymous
    8 months ago

    Hamburgers. In every corner of the country people love a good burger. 

    Ribs. Hot dogs. Fried chicken. Pies. Are other possibilities. 

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    • Captain Lemmy
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      8 months agoReport

      Look up the Wikipedia entry for hamburger. There’s at least a dozen different origin stories. One claims it was invented in Hamburg, NY. 

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  • Anonymous
    8 months ago

    "As American as apple pie."  Apple pie was invented by George Washington. Up until he directed his cook to make it, pies were savory and meat- or poultry-based, rather than sweet.

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    • Lili
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      8 months agoReport

      Europeans ate fruit tarts and pies.  Pies were brought tot he US by English settlers, but they were eaten in ancient Rome. The very first known Roman pie recipe is for a sweet cheese and honey pie. Queen Elizabeth I is said to have liked cherry pie in the 16th century.

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  • Justin
    Lv 7
    8 months ago

    Hamburgers, french fries, and a soft drink or beer. 

    Basically, 'meat and potatoes' along with a popular drink.

    When we stray from this, it is usually related to cultural influences brought from elsewhere, religious influences or other more personal influences. Most of what we eat is actually influenced by those 'foreign' identities and customs, but the truly 'American' tradition is centered around meat and potatoes.  

    • joe8 months agoReport

      Are you sure FRENCH fries are traditional US cuisine? why not calling them American Fries then???

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  • 8 months ago

    Stuffed turkey, grits, biscuits & gravy, clam chowder and hotdogs & hamburgers. And not to forget - apple pie.

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  • 8 months ago

    stew, beef & noodles, chicken soup, with a dash of liberal B.S.

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