If there’s one thing that Americans can do right, it’s food. But not just any food, we’re talking massive portions, interesting flavors, and homemade family recipes that have been passed down through generations.
If it’s comfort food you’re after, American cuisine has you covered. Sure, it’s not at all good for you, but it definitely hits the spot.
Even if you aren’t American or have never visited the country, you can still easily replicate the classic American flavors in your own kitchen.
Here are 34 classic American recipes to try the next time you want a little flavor of the USA in your dinner.
Let’s dig in!
While Italy may be the home of pizza, New York also has a claim to this famous food.
Pizza made in the New York style is characterized by a signature thin crust that’s hand-tossed and has thick and crunchy edges.
It’s also offered in large slices, with one silence being more than sufficient for one person. Because it’s so large, you might have to fold the slice in half to eat it!
This recipe calls for a thick layer of tomato sauce and stringy mozzarella cheese as the toppings; however, you are free to add pepperoni, mushrooms, sausage, or anything else you want!
Tater Tots are the favorite food for many Americans, and combining them with a casserole is something that only Americans could think of.
This dish, which has been covered in ground beef and mushroom sauce, receives an A+ for flavor as well as simplicity. This recipe will take a very short time to make, but it can feed a lot of people at once. You may even have leftovers spare for another meal.
If you had to name one classic American dish, you would probably say mac and cheese.
This cheesy, creamy, and hearty dish is so delicious that you wouldn’t mind eating it on its own for breakfast, lunch, and supper.
It’s also the meal many reaches for when they need a little pick-me-up in the afternoon. It’s pure bliss in a bowl and the definition of a comfort dish at its finest.
4. Crab Cakes
Crab cakes are a delicious combination of sweet, salty, savory, crunchy, and sensitive textures. It’s the perfect bite when you get all of those amazing flavors and textures at once.
These crab cakes are so tasty because they are seasoned with Old Bay and made crispy on the outside by coating them in bread crumbs.
You can roast them in the oven, cook them on the grill, or fry them. They come out fantastic no matter which method you choose.
The ideal way to enjoy crab cakes is with some coleslaw. As well as the contrast between hot and cold, it also acts as a dressing for the cakes to give you even more flavor.
While this is a common dish at the fast food restaurant Cracker Barrel, you can easily make it at home as well.
This warm and comforting soup is loaded with flavorful chicken and tender, pillowy dumplings. The evenings when it is cold and wet are the ideal time to enjoy the rich and flavorful soup as it warms you from the inside.
This chicken and dumplings recipe is on par with the one served at Cracker and Barrel, which is saying a lot because Cracker and Barrel’s dish is outstanding.
Blueberry pie is such a classic dish in the USA that almost every family has its own unique recipe on how to make it.
This very patriotic starry blueberry pie is much better than the premade ones found in supermarkets, and you can also swap out some of the berry ingredients if you’d prefer.
While this kind of pizza isn’t as well known as its NYC counterpart, it is just as tasty.
Detroit pizza is pretty thick, has a rectangular shape, and is very appealing to look at. The most well-known feature of Detroit pizza is that the cheese is under the sauce rather than on top of it.
Macaroni salad is a rich, creamy, and hearty side dish that is great for barbecues and potlucks.
On a basic level, this salad consists of elbow macaroni and mayonnaise, which is a simple combination that packs a powerful flavor punch.
Add chopped onions, celery, and bell peppers for a dish that has more personality. After seasoning with salt and pepper, the dish is ready to serve.
To add a wonderful, meaty contrast to the dish, another good addition to put in the salad is shredded chicken.
9. French Fries
No matter how you choose to prepare them, potatoes are always delicious. A baked potato, even in its most basic form, is delicious.
However, we can all agree that potatoes are at their peak when they have been sliced into paper-thin strips and then cooked until they are golden brown.
The most iconic American delicacy, the French fry, is characterized by a crispy outside with a soft and fluffy potato inside.
This is a great comfort food that is created by combining two dishes that are renowned in American cuisine.
A flavorful hot dog is placed inside hot dog buns, which are then topped with chili. Cheddar cheese is also an essential ingredient.
After trying this style of hot dog, you will never be able to go back to plain, boring hot dogs again.
Inside a hoagie roll are some tender rib-eye steak that’s been topped with some melted provolone cheese and caramelized onions.
In the very best way, it’s savory, sweet, and greasy all at the same time. The Philly cheesesteak is, in many people’s opinion, the king of sandwiches.
The beef works so beautifully with the sweetness of the onions and the gooeyness of the cheese. The bread, which is a crusty and chewy hoagie roll, is the ideal vessel to retain all of the deliciousness and keep it contained.
12. Banana Split
David Strickler, an apprentice pharmacist at a local drug store in Pennslyvania, is credited with developing the original recipe for a banana split in 1904.
Since then the recipe has changed very little, with both restaurants and home cooks following the original recipe of this classic American dessert.
Dessert is the favorite dinner course for many people, especially Americans. When it comes to delicious desserts, the traditional chocolate chip cookie is always at the top of the list.
When eating a chocolate chip cookie, you want the edges to be crispy, but the inside to be sweet and soft. This sweet treat can be eaten as a snack or as a small dessert after a big meal.
14. Apple Pie
Apple pie is the most popular pie in the United States!
The pie is made using apples that have been coated in cinnamon sugar syrup before being baked. The apples should be sweet, soft, and crunchy.
Apples, cinnamon, and sugar are a wonderful trio that, when combined, create a dish that no one can resist. The buttery and flaky crust is also to die for!
15. NYC Cheesecake
NYC cheesecake is known for being decadent, rich, and simply amazing.
The fact that this cheesecake has a layer of sponge cake for its crust, just like Junior’s Cheesecake does when they prepare it, is what elevates it to an even higher level of uniqueness.
Here’s a delicious southern sweet treat for you to try. The mix of salty toasted pecans and sweet caramel in pecan pie creates an irresistible flavor.
This warm dessert is taken to a whole new level when accompanied by either a glob of whipped cream or a serving of vanilla ice cream.
These Amish cookies are everything but simple; they are deliciously buttery, sweet, soft, and chewy all at the same time.
After trying these cookies you’ll find them to be extremely addictive. it’s hardly surprising that the recipe has been handed down from one generation to the next.
It’s common knowledge that residents of Wisconsin have a strong affinity for dairy products. In fact, it’s common practice for them to spread a considerable amount of butter on top of their hamburgers.
This recipe is very similar to the butter burgers that can be seen on the menus of well-known restaurants located all around the state.
One of the most important foods that the USA has given the world is hamburgers.
This world-famous sandwich is ideal for any occasion, whether you’re throwing a party to watch the game, having a barbecue in the summer, or just having some friends around for dinner.
If you have a craving for burgers, you can never go wrong with McDonald’s, In-N-Out, or Burger King. White Castle is the place to go if you’re from the East Coast, though; they have the best sliders.
You’ll be able to recreate the famous sliders from White Castle no matter where you live if you follow this straightforward recipe for a copycat version of the dish.
There is no better dinner dish than a succulent steak that melts in your mouth and roasted potatoes that are both crisp and tender. This satisfying and decadent meal is sure to win you over.
This dish is so easy to make because you can bake both the potatoes and the steak at the same time. It doesn’t get any more straightforward than that.
21. Beef Stroganoff
Delicious beef tenderloin is simmered in a rich mushroom sauce to create the mouthwatering dish beef stroganoff.
Even people who don’t like mushrooms will eat this dish if it’s served on top of rice, pasta, or egg noodles since it’s so delicious.
This dish can be prepared in just half an hour, so it can easily fit into your busy weeknight schedule.
What do you get when you fill a hot dog bun with sweet lobster meat and then spread mayonnaise on it? A true work of art, that’s what.
Lobster rolls from Maine are so deliciously decadent that they are the most popular dish in the state.
Buttered lobster rolls that have been seasoned with mayonnaise or a splash of lemon juice are a dream come true for anyone who adores seafood.
23. Cheese Sauce
This straightforward dip can elevate the flavor of any dish.
It’s quite similar to gravy but even better. If you are as crazy about cheese, then you absolutely have to give this dish a shot.
Make a very large quantity, and then store it in jars. In this way, you will be able to enjoy it with any snack that springs to mind. This sauce goes well with almost anything but especially chips, nachos, and breadsticks.
Did you know that the very first cheeseburger ever made was a result of a kitchen mishap? At least, that is what the locals in Pasadena are claiming to have heard.
It’s said that in the late 1920s, a chef working at The Rite Spot burned the burger patty he was cooking, so he covered it with cheese to hide the burnt taste.
Cheeseburgers are undeniably the stars of the show of any meal. To make this dish even more mouthwatering, top it with some crispy bacon strips.
25. Tamale Pie
A Tamale pie is a casserole consisting of cornbread and ground beef rather than a traditional tamale or pie.
This cuisine from the American Southwest has been around since the early 1900s and continues to enjoy widespread popularity in the modern era.
A bed of cornbread that is both sweet and crumbly sits over a layer of ground beef that has been expertly seasoned. Even just thinking about this is enough to make you hungry!
Cornbread is a flaky and delicate side dish that is the perfect complement to a bowl of chili.
Even while you can’t go wrong with the classics, it doesn’t hurt to try out some new flavors every once in a while.
This dish is a must-try for you if you want to add a twist to your usual cornbread.
Hash, bacon, cheese, and eggs all baked together in one dish? What a delicious treat!
This casserole is the pinnacle of all possible morning foods. Because it is so incredibly decadent, satisfying, and delicious, you will want to eat it not just for breakfast and lunch, but also for dinner. It’s a good thing that one recipe can make so much!
Who needs Cracker Barrel when you can bake biscuits that are this insanely scrumptious in the comfort of your own home?
Southern hospitality is best exemplified by the baking of biscuits. You can enjoy these buttery and flaky treats on their own, but you should also try serving them with gravy.
A grilled cheese sandwich is the quintessential meal for students living in dorms. Richness oozes in every bite, and the preparation is as simple as it gets.
Cheese and white bread are a classic combination that rarely fails to please. Although cheddar is called for in this recipe, you can substitute any other type of cheese that you want.
30. Banana Pudding
If you’re not a good baker but are craving a dessert, then you can’t get an easier recipe than this!
This delicacy is the epitome of decadence because of its alternating layers of vanilla wafers, banana slices, pudding, and whipped cream.
The Kentucky butter cake not only has a buttery flavor, but it is also very soft and fluffy.
The use of butter vanilla sauce brings an entirely new level of deliciousness to this dish. Even though it has a lot of calories, it’s well worth indulging in it as a treat now and then.
This cake is so tasty you’d probably think that it’s hard to make. But that’s where you’re wrong as it is super simple to prepare!
It fulfills every expectation a sweet treat might possibly have.
32. Chocolate Cake
No one can ever say no to a slice of chocolate, can they? The delicious and fudgy cake is the perfect treat to indulge in on special occasions.
This cake is sure to impress everyone, whether it is covered with buttercream or a luscious chocolate ganache for the frosting.
33. Key Lime Pie
This tangy and simple Key lime pie calls for just five ingredients, all of which are easy to find. It is impressive enough to bring to a potluck on the weekend, yet simple enough to whip up on a weekday for dessert.
When you add some barbeque pork, cheddar cheese, and creamy avocado to your salad for lunch, it immediately becomes much more intriguing. It is not only delicious but also quite filling.
Frequently Asked Questions
Many of the foods now loved around the world were created by Americans. The classic hamburger is the most famous American food. They also made cheesesteaks, barbecues, and lobster rolls.
Breakfast in the United States typically consists of either a bowl of cereal or a dish that centers around eggs. However, other common breakfast foods include pancakes, waffles, toast, and many iterations of the full breakfast and the continental breakfast.
While there is an endless variety of lunch options out there, most Americans enjoy a simple soup and salad for lunch.
The lunch menu at many eateries comes as a combo deal, where you may choose between a soup and a salad. In the same way that there are many various methods to prepare sandwiches, there are many different ways to make salads.