POPSUGAR Celebrity

10 Quintessentially American Dishes

Jul 4 2016 - 4:45pm

It's pretty hard to beat a steaming spread of dim sum [1], a charred Neapolitan pizza [2], or perfectly caramelized tarte tatin [3], but sometimes an all-American feast is what'll satisfy best. We've rounded up 10 quintessentially American dishes that can be mixed and matched (or cooked à la carte) the next time you're craving classic eats from our fine nation.


When it comes to typical American breakfasts, there's one front-runner: pancakes. Variations abound, but you can't go wrong with a short stack of tender, tangy buttermilk flapjacks [4].

Club Sandwich

While its exact origins may be a bit of a mystery [5], there's no denying the club sandwich's place at the American table. This turkey take on the delicious double-decker [6] adds sliced avocado and honey mustard to the mix for an extratasty bite.

Barbecue Ribs

Regional barbecue styles [7] vary widely, but one of our favorite meaty menu items has to be glossy beer-glazed baby back ribs [8].

Macaroni and Cheese

It's creamy, it's cheesy, it's downright divine — it's macaroni and cheese [9].


Sometimes a steak is best served simply — generously seasoned with salt and pepper and cooked hot and fast for a burnished crust. Follow this technique for stellar results [10]; the accompanying miso mustard sauce is merely optional (though delightful).

Mashed Potatoes

Thanksgiving is the most American of holidays, so it's only natural that its most popular side, mashed potatoes [11], is considered by many to be one of the United States' signature dishes.


It's on nearly every American restaurant's menu: the cheeseburger. This must-make take [12] boasts gooey cheese, tomato, lettuce, and a zippy pickle-spiked sauce.

Pumpkin Pie

Another beloved Thanksgiving dish is pumpkin pie [13]. This Fall favorite is creamy, perfectly spiced, and oh so American.

Pulled Pork Sandwich

Piled high with juicy, melt-in-your-mouth pork and crisp coleslaw, the pulled pork sandwich [14] is a Southern standby.

Apple Pie

The idiom "as American as apple pie" says it all. This homey dessert [15] deserves a home at any American feast.

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