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Quintessentially American Foods

What Foods Are Quintessentially American?

Tonight at the White House, chefs Cristeta Comerford and Bill Yosses are cooking up a special state dinner. Although the official menu has yet to be released, it is said that the Chinese delegation and the Obamas will dine on food that is "quintessentially American." But what exactly does that mean?

When I lived in Spain and people asked me to make "American food," I always served fried chicken and macaroni and cheese, so I guess that's what I consider to be the United States' signature dish. However, it's hard to pick just one dish, as pizza, burgers, and Caesar salads also come to mind. Which foods do you think are all-American? Please share with us below!

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Soniabonya Soniabonya 5 years
Hamburger and fries. Yum.
Annie-Gabillet Annie-Gabillet 5 years
Hahaha @ Rancher'sGirl. That's so funny.
KrisB KrisB 5 years
My all American meal would be a fried pork chop smothered in gravy with rice, collard greens, fried apples and cornbread. Okay, now I'm hungry. lol
Rancher'sGirl Rancher'sGirl 5 years
@Annie...for the last few days, I have been hearing the newscasters saying "The Obamas are hosting a steak dinner for President Hu". LOL My hearing just is not what it used to be. ;)
a1stbornunicorn a1stbornunicorn 5 years
Hah I was gonna mention hot dogs but Fuzzles beat me to it!
fuzzles fuzzles 5 years
Yes! But you forgot the bacon-wrapped dogs! *faint*
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 5 years
I would have a crab feast......west coast dungeness........east coast blue.....cover the white house tables with newspaper and plenty of paper towels.......some corn, salad and beer on with the blue....some pasta, garlic bread and wine with the dungys.......now tell me.......did I make someone hungry?????????
zeze zeze 5 years
I always think of mashed potatoes as American because of thanksgiving.
MandyWH MandyWH 5 years
I agree, anything barbecue-related! Pulled pork, ribs. Mac and cheese, collards, biscuits. And some kind of pie or cobbler!
christinaorso christinaorso 5 years
chocolate chip cookies, pancakes, cheeseburgers, subs, apple pie!!
Susannah-Chen Susannah-Chen 5 years
BBQ (barbecued ribs, perchance?) and (I agree with Annie) apple pie!
Annie-Gabillet Annie-Gabillet 5 years
This is really tough! I'm thinking they might serve a steak? And maybe apple pie for dessert.
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