How much do you know about these iconic American foods?


By: John Miller

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Some foods are quintessential American cuisine -- or, at least, they seem to be. From hamburgers to hot dogs, how much do you know about iconic American foods?

Which American food is almost always served on a wooden stick?

Corn dogs, a staple of county fairs and street parades everywhere, come on a handy stick, which makes them easy to eat on the go.


Where did the cheesesteak sandwich come from?

The cheesesteak features strips of beef with cheese served on a hoagie roll. It's one of the most famous foods to come out of Philadelphia.


What is NOT an ingredient in s'mores?

S'mores combine graham crackers, chocolate bars and marshmallows into a gooey confection that's perfect around a campfire.


Which meat do Americans almost always consume during Thanksgiving?

Never mind that it's often as dry as chalk dust. That Thanksgiving turkey is a tradition that Americans will never give up.


"Cowboy beans" contain beans and what?

Cowboy beans are pinto beans and ground beef. Cowboys didn't eat this dish, so it's unclear where the name came from, but anything with "cowboy" in the name is definitely American.


Which part of America is famous for its clam chowder?

New England is renowned for its creamy clam chowder. Or as they say in the Boston area, "clam chowda."


What in the world are "grits," anyway?

Grits are a popular American dish, particularly in the South. Made from ground corn, it's a food that's notoriously easy to ruin if you don't know what you're doing.


Hamburgers are typically made from what?

As red meat has developed a stigma in the health community, some recent burgers have been made from turkey, pork or veggies. But traditional burgers are always beef.


If you're a true American, you've eaten biscuits and _____ for breakfast.

Biscuits and gravy is undoubtedly a quintessential American breakfast. The greasier the sausage gravy, the better.


Where in America would you find gumbo?

Gumbo is a type of soup that's common in the South, particularly in Louisiana. Gumbo comes in a variety of forms and every family has its own secret recipe.


What is the primary food in "mac 'n cheese"?

Macaroni and cheese is the pasta dish that (almost) every American kid loves. The boxed version comes with powdered cheese that likely doubles as a chemical warfare agent.


Which of the following border-related foods is a real thing?

Tex-Mex is a true Americanization. It blends elements of Mexican cooking with an American (read: Texas) twist.


Which famous American food is often "flame-broiled"?

Hamburgers are deeply ingrained into Americana. Whether you like them grilled, flame broiled or pan fried, they are always scrumptious.


What meat is NOT included in a "turducken"?

The turducken is a true monument to gluttony. It's a turkey stuffed with a duck that's stuffed with a chicken.


What's the most American of pies?

If someone wants you to name the most iconic American pie, there's only one right answer -- apple.


True or false, did Americans invent apple pie?

Apples and pie are as old as humankind, so no, America didn't invent this concoction. America did, however, perfect it.


In America, a "surf and turf" dish combines seafood with what?

Surf and turf is an American steakhouse classic. It's an entree that includes seafood, such as lobster, with a red meat like steak.


"Burnt ends" are in which category of American food?

Burnt ends are a type of barbecued delicacy. Often a bit charred, they are bits of meat from a beef brisket. They are sometimes cubed and served with sauces.


The first Buffalo wings were typically served with what?

These days, you'll find people dipping Buffalo wings in every sauce known to humankind. But the first Buffalo wings were always served with blue cheese dressing.


Where was the hamburger invented?

The hamburger is one of those foods with murky origins. But one of the most famous claims to its invention came from a man named Fletcher Davis, who served the tasty treats at his bar in Texas in the 1880s.


In the South, true Americans serve fried chicken with what?

Chicken and waffles is a thing. In the South (and increasingly, across America) this is a not-so-healthy treat.


What are "Rocky Mountain oysters"?

"Bull testicles" just didn't have the same ring. Call them "Rocky Mountain oysters," though, and suddenly people will scarf them down.


Where did the first Buffalo wings originate?

Buffalo wings are fried chicken wings. They first emerged at the Anchor Bar in Buffalo, New York, back in the 1960s.


What is chicken-fried steak?

Chicken-fried steak is an inexpensive cut of steak that's deep fried in a delicious golden batter. And it is, of course, topped with gravy.


What sound do fried cheese curds make when you bite into them?

Fried cheese curds are particularly popular in the Midwest. They have an unusual characteristic -- when you chomp them, they provide a uniquely satisfying squeak.


True or false, did America invent most soft drinks?

America is famous for Coca-Cola and Pepsi, two of the most popular beverages on the planet. Whether you call it pop, soda or tonic, America invented most of these fizzy drinks.


True or false, were corn dogs invented in America?

Like bald eagles and big machine guns, corn dogs were indeed invented in America. They are often credited to German immigrant sausage makers trying to find new ways to make their meats more appealing to customers.


When the first peanut butter and jelly sandwich appeared, how was it regarded by the American public?

America did invent the PB&J sandwich. But when it first appeared, it was regarded as a rather fancy food. Why? Because in the late 19th century, peanut butter was still an expensive food item.


True or false, did America invent the hot dog?

Americans actually did not invent this most American of foods. We refuse to discuss this matter any further, except to say something vague about Germans.


What's a defining characteristic of New York style pizza?

Chicago-style pizza is very thick. New York style? It's thin and floppy and you can fold the pieces and cram them down your throat.


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