‘In the United States, they only eat hamburgers and hot dogs‘. How many times have you heard such a cliché? Although it’s true that this is two of its flagships, there is an extensive gastronomic life beyond these two specialties that were exported to the rest of the world.
Each state in America has its own culinary traditions, and, therefore, its typical dish. Keep reading because the following dishes will wake your taste buds and make your mouth watery. Don’t say you haven’t been warned!
It’s a sandwich consisting of a brioche filled with freshly cooked lobster meat and covered in a dressing of mayonnaise, lemon juice, spring onion, celery, butter, capers. It’s actually a light dish, perfect for summer days. Is mostly found on the East Coast (New England and New York). It’s eaten with the hands and yes, it’s necessary to get dirty to taste it in all its essence.
Big, greasy, dripping cheese… This is one of the specialties of Philadelphia and the State of Pennsylvania. It was at the beginning of the ’30s when this meat sandwich was started serving as street food, to which extra ingredients such as mushrooms, peppers, jalapeño peppers, and natural tomatoes can be added. There is still disagreement over the authorship of the idea of adding cheese to this bite, which is essential to have one if you visit the USA.
Clams, potatoes, onions, and celery make up one of the richest soups you’ll taste in your life. This delight is typical of New England, especially the Boston area, although many other cities have adapted the recipe, such as New York and Rhode Island, which serve it with tomato; Outer Banks, with chili sauce, or Seattle and Portland, with smoked salmon.
You shouldn’t miss the version that you can try in San Francisco, more specifically, in the city of Sausalito, served in a bread roll, an authentic local specialty since 1849.
It could be defined as macaroni and cheese, but here is necessary to highlight a detail: there are two types, the homemade, which is prepared with real cheese (gouda and cheddar normally) to which you can add crispy bacon, and vegetables like broccoli, cream and it becomes a gourmet dish and the well-known boxed mac and cheese, where the cheese is simply an orange powder that, with milk and butter, becomes a rather odd, but still delicious cream. This is the favorite of kids (and many adults too).
Deep Dish Pizza
What is it? It can be described as a pizza pie (it’s really deep and thick), filled with a number of different ingredients to choose and a huge amount of mozzarella cheese. A thick crusty bread dough base is covered with tomato sauce and cheese.
This variety of pizza -that Italians don’t recognize as its own- can be enjoyed two ways, open and called deep-dish, and the one that closes like a calzone, called stuffed, was invented in Chicago in 1943, more specifically, at the Uno Chicago Grill.
To bake these masterpieces it’s necessary to use a deep pan, in which the dough is placed before adding the rest of the ingredients to the client’s taste, all covered in mozzarella, pepperoni, sausages, onions, peppers, mushrooms, black olives, artichokes, ricotta… There are so many flavors that it’s hard to decide!
Southern Fried Chicken
No, it’s not about the overheated dough that some big fast food chains sell as if it were a delight. Imagine tender pieces of chicken -the best parts of the poultry- previously marinated and then battered to get a very crispy and very tasty chicken.
Although there are millions of Southern Fried Chicken recipes, the most authentic recommends letting the meat rest overnight in a special marinade with milk and spices, such as cayenne pepper and other powdered spices, before passing it through a battered egg wash, corn starch and fry it for several minutes in very hot oil.