How well do you do the classics? Can you make perfect pancakes, brilliant burgers, and fantastic fried chicken? Let’s face it, as much as we all love experiencing different foods from around the world, sometimes it’s just nice to rely on some good old-fashioned American home comforts. With this in mind, here are the dishes you need to be able to pull off with ease, and will impress any guest from home or abroad.
Pulled pork is not a complicated dish, as the meat – typically from the shoulder – is soft as butter after a long roast in the oven or a day in the slow cooker. But, as everyone will tell you, the art of excellent pulled pork is all about the tang, and the classic American barbecue sauce is something you need to perfect.
Fried (or baked) chicken
The Colonel might make all the headlines when it comes to fried chicken, but you can make an even better – and healthier – version at home. Try blending a mixture of light breadcrumbs, mix with herbs of your choice to create your own take on the classic fried chicken dish, and coat away to your heart’s content. Bake it if you want to avoid the nasty and very unhealthy trans fats.
There is no more classic American breakfast than pancakes on a lazy weekend. And they are so easy to create, even for first-timers, and you should be able to whip up some fluffy, tasty perfection within half an hour. There are plenty of easy pancake do-it yourself recipes out there online and in many different culinary books. Syrup seems to be the constant companion for a pancake breakfast, but you need to decide on blueberries or bacon!
When you are making classic American burgers, there are a few things you must do. Grass-fed beef is an absolute must in my opinion, but other than that, it’s all about being as decadent as possible. The brioche bun is certainly a mainstay these days, as is oozing melted cheese. Crunchy salad leaves, buffalo tomatoes, and some fresh red onion rings are also a surefire hit. And then it’s just a question of sauce – perhaps you can come up with your own take on McDonald’s famous secret weapon?
Everyone’s mom made the best apple pie, of course. But whether you want to make the most American version possible or want to create your own twist on the classic pudding, one thing’s for sure: every household needs to know how to make the perfect apple pie. The apples, cinnamon, brown sugar are all vital, of course. However, the pecans, chocolate, and other spices you might throw in are all down to you.
And there you have it – breakfast, lunch, and dinner all sorted. Of course, if you want to use the classics as your nutrition for the whole day, watch out for the impact it might have on your waistline. Feel free to share your take on these – and any other – classic American dishes in the comments section below.