There is no denying that American-style food has had a huge impact on cuisines all over the world! No, I don’t mean just fast food! Traditional American foods such as Coney Island-style hot dogs, potato chips, fried chicken, and hamburgers with fries are just a few of the things that, although not all essentially American, have reached the world through popularity in America. While it’s hard to narrow it down, I’ve included in this article three of my favorite American recipes. I hope you enjoy it!
Oven Fried Chicken
- 1 cup low-fat buttermilk
- 4 (8 ounce) chicken breast halves (with bones)
- 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/3 cup cracker meal
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
- 2 tbsp butter
- In a shallow bowl, combine buttermilk and chicken.
- Be sure to turn the chicken over to coat it completely with the buttermilk.
- In another shallow dish, mix the cracker flour and flour.
- Remove the chicken from the buttermilk and place it on a sterile surface.
- Sprinkle the chicken with half a teaspoon of salt and pepper.
- Dredge the chicken through all four mixtures and remove any remaining flour, then set the chicken aside.
- Repeat this process with each chicken breast.
- Melt the butter in an ovenproof skillet and cook the chicken on both sides until golden brown.
- Remove the pan from reach and place in the preheated oven at 425 degrees F for about half an hour.
- Fried chicken is traditionally served with mashed potatoes and slaw.
Biscuits and Sausage
- 1 pound sausage meat
- 3 tbsp flour
- 2 – 3 cups milk
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 2 cups self-raising flour
- 1/4 cup shortening
- 1/4 cup milk
- Mash the sausage meat in a skillet and cook until the meat is no longer pink.
- Add flour one tablespoon at a time and mix quickly.
- Keep stirring until it forms a paste, and turn the heat to high. Add milk, stir, then add salt.
- This mixture should be quite thick. To make the biscuits, mix the butter and flour using a cookie cutter, if you have one.
- Add milk, stirring as you do so. Knead the dough in a bowl, then transfer to a floured surface.
- Roll it up and cut it into a circle shape (I find a drinking glass to work well for this).
- Place the biscuits on a baking sheet and bake at 425 degrees F for about 10-15 minutes, until the biscuits are golden brown.
- Serve the biscuits open-faced or sliced, with the sausage gravy poured over them.
- 3 eggs
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup corn syrup
- 2 tbsp unsalted butter
- 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 1/4 cups pecans
- 1 (10 inch) pie crust (unbaked)
Beat the eggs together, then add the corn syrup, granulated sugar, and brown sugar.
- Melt the butter and add it to the egg mixture. Stir well while adding the vanilla and pecans.
- Carefully pour this mixture into the pie crust (you don’t want to fill it too much).
- Bake at 350 degrees F for about 50 minutes, or until the pie has hardened.
- Let the pie cool before serving.
- Traditionally served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.