The Top 10 Foods Only America Could Have Invented

5. Cobb Salad
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Photo: Richard Moross

The responsibility of eating all this greasy, fatty food can be weighty. Sometimes so much so that Americans have been known to say “I think I’ll just have a salad today.” Of course, when we say salad, we don’t mean it in the same greens-and-tomatoes topped with balsamic way that the Euros do. No, when we make a salad, we pile it so high with meat, cheese and carbs that it passes the caloric intake of the cheeseburger we were so proud of ourselves for passing up. The ultimate example: the cobb salad. Bacon, chicken, eggs, cheese, and really whatever else you can find in your fridge, ideally piled so high that the eater can see no shred of lettuce at all.

4. Baked Alaska
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Photo: Angusf

We Americans are complex people. When we face serious decisions like “What would you like for dessert, dear? Ice cream or pie?” we don’t merely sit back and say, “How about you put a scoop of ice cream on top of that pie?” No, no. We take the entire box of ice cream, and figure out a way to bake it inside the damn pie. How does it work? Damned if I know. But I do know this: you can throw rum on top of it and light it on fire – now that’s a meal.

3. Buffalo Wings
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Photo: rick

So yeah, chicken is fine. I mean, it can taste OK sometimes, but really it’s kind of a bland protein. Why can’t you be more like pork, chicken? Wait a minute. What if we fry it at 600 degrees to a burnt little crisp, until it’s barely recognizable as meat, then smother it in XXX hot sauce and serve it with a heaping bowl of gooey cheese product? That’s more like it, chicken! Bonus points: the use of vegetables—solely as a palette cleanser between bites of meat.

2.Turducken
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Photo: The CJM

Such a brilliant-but-simple innovation, it’s hard to believe that 5,000 years of civilization couldn’t create it without us. Take one turkey, shove a duck inside it, and then shove a chicken inside that. From there you’re on you’re own, although it’ s most preferably enjoyed with sausage stuffing in the very middle, deep-fried, and wrapped in bacon if possible. Bonus points if you can figure out a way to enjoy some form of melted cheese product with this monstrosity. Some people have pushed to have the turducken become the traditional Thanksgiving feast, while others have begun to enjoy it on Christmas. But this invention is so uniquely American that there is no better day to enjoy one than the Fourth of July.

1.Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream
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Photo: WayTru

When Ruth Graves Wakefield of Whitman, Massachusetts first chopped up a semisweet chocolate bar and added it to her buttery cookie recipe in 1937, she invented a treat that likely would have made this list on its own merits. But it was to be significantly improved. As the decades went on and millions of Americans attempted to recreate Ruth’s recipe, they came to a shocking realization: they were way too lazy to actually bake the cookies. On the flip side, they realized that eating the cookie dough straight from the bowl was actually even tastier than waiting for the final cookie, despite the salmonella risks. Searching for a way to eat this delicious snack without having mom yell at you to get your hands out of the mixing bowl, America put our collective heads together for one epic conclusion: chop it up and put it in ice cream. Now that’s cooking.

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323 thoughts on “The Top 10 Foods Only America Could Have Invented

  1. the reason why most americans dont find this amusing is because most of what the article says is very inaccurate. buffalo wings are not fried. theyre baked. turducken wasnt made in america. nobody eats baked alaskas unless its at a drunk highschool party, and im pretty sure almost nobody knows what a cobb salad. this is just made up crap.

  2. …first of all this article is way out of fucking whack (excuse my language) but seriously I have been to America pleanty of times(I lived their for 13 years) (Canada for 24 years) and “Chinese food” how do you not understand the word “Chinese” and s’mores how the hell is this American and only for “special ocassions” they are s’mores how hard is it to make anny other time of the year for gods sake Canadians do that dayly while them fat Americans are dreaming up something else to deep dry or add more salt or butter too and a reunion sandwich it’s a fucking sandwit h with fucking onions and meat(a whole bunc of fatty American “meat” the point is it ha all beenqround for a lot longer than any of the dumb fucks think it was 99% of that is never even started.in americabut at least say Canada has actually made food from real stuff not the leftovers from a rotting cow we use fresh cheese and real home made gravy from Frey roast from the ovenother time of the year for gods sake Canadians do that dayly while them fat Americans are dreaming up something else to deep dry or add more salt or butter too and a loaded sandwich it’s a fucking sandwitch with fucking onions and meat(a whole bunc of fatty American “meat” the point is it all been around for a lot longer than any of the dumb fucks think it was 99% of that is never even started.in americabut at least say Canada has actually made food from real stuff not the leftovers from a rotting cow we use fresh cheese and real home made gravy from Fresh roast from the oven they at least do it healthy and I’m honestly a very embarrassed to be a legal American

  3. Loved this article! Came across it when looking for an all American snack for United Nations Day at school. We live in China and I love your comments about American “Chinese Food” buffets. So true!! Can’t get any of that stuff here..though I prefer it over the authentic “Chinese food” :)

  4. I love how almost none of the americans that comment here are all angry and complaining about something. I’m from australia and i thought this was a pretty funny way to show some crazy american foods and i think all of you should just learn to take a joke about yourselves. I’ll show you a bit. G’day all you americans here in australia we eat both our national emblems, eat some shrimp fried on the barbie and if our mates are around we drink 5 times the amount we eat in beer. So have a beaut day take and just sit back and enjoy this for what its worth.

  5. someone commented baked alaska is french it s actually american dating back to new york in about 1876, it wasn’t till a chinese delegation went to paris that it was made there for the first time, and the became sybolic to be served in chinese restaurants in honor of their ancestors………… i’m australian and even i know this

  6. When I think American food, I think of the twinky. We don’t have them in Australia, but I did try one once, quite an experience, what about koolaid

  7. Last time I checked a Reuben was corned beef brisket, thinly sliced NOT Pastrami.
    And you forgot the ever so important sauerkraut.

  8. One that you missed off is stuffed crust pizza

    Real pizza in Italy is very thin, the abominations from Dominoes with bacon and cheese in the crust and piles of cheese and meat on top is very American

  9. I’ve heard of these ones, Smores, Buffalo wings, Corn Dog, Philly Cheese Steak but have never heard of Cobb salad, Turducken and Baked Alaskan

  10. OMG I Thought That Chinese Food Came From China…. Guess I Was Wrong There….

  11. I live in China… they use more oil in Chinese food than American Chinese food… just saying. Most of the food is soaked in oil. And there is tons of MSG, in like everything. They call it “gourmet powder.” Not that the food doesn’t often taste better in China, but it’s definitely not necessarily healthier, not to mention you can’t really trust it in most places.

  12. Necessarily the Reuben Sandwich is a mix of international ingredients just look at all the stuff used to make it. Saurkraut – German, Corned Beef – Irish, Swiss cheese – Swiss. So it is not American if different cultures made it. Something that truly is “American” is something made by Native American Indians, they were here way before us. So Corn on the Cob is probably American.

  13. Sorry, but you’ve got it all wrong as to why Philly Cheesesteaks taste awful outside of Philly. It’s not the meat or the cheese – it’s the bread. The bread is EXTREMELY soft and maintains its properties only because it is made with water from the (disgusting) Schuylkill River (pronounced “school-kil”).
    I found my beagle, Colonel Mustard, when he was living as a stray on the mean streets of Philadelphia, hiding from the dog catcher behind the dumpster of a cheesesteak place. He will LITERALLY eat an entire 10″ Philly Cheesesteak in two bites and ten seconds flat. But when we moved to North Carolina, I bought him a non-Philly Cheesesteak for his birthday from a place recommended to me down here. He would not touch it. I feel the same way.

  14. Fortune Cookies are invented by Chinese Americans in California.

    And when the writer says “Chinese food” is invented in the US, he meant that the dishes you find in Chinese restaurants in America, and not literally the Chinese food eaten outside the US.

    I’d know, as a Chinese American who have vacationed in various Asian cities populated by Han Chinese over the years in Shanghai, Beijing, Hangzhou, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan.

  15. Wtf is “turducken”? I’m american and I’ve never heard of that crap. Looks like something that’d be served at the heart attack cafe.

  16. The author of this piece is obviously uneducated in the way of food, and is just a consumer. Firstly, wings are cooked at 350 degrees by frying, a style of cooking that was not invented by Americans. Its pretty obvious to the consumer that they came off of a bird, unless you’re eating at a shitty restaurant, which you clearly are. The real crime here is in how the chickens were raised, not in how they were prepared. If Americans don’t get a HUGE piece of GMO’d chicken, they’re upset about it. Secondly, turducken is a very old dish originally used to serve Roman soldiers. Its not American whatsoever, it was used as a meal in harsh times to feed lots of people, by using one manner of cookery. Get your facts straight. Thirdly, ‘Chinese food’ may have been re-invented here, but that country is responsible for almost all endangered species on the list due to stupid theories of ‘classical medicine’, which have been proven to not work. It proves that the Chinese don’t do things correctly, as does the poor quality of EVERYTHING they make. Unfortunately, due to the shortsightedness of a retarded president (Clinton), now the Chinese will overrun us in the third World War. If you’d ever traveled to third world countries, you would be proud to be an American when you got home, for the little freedoms that we have, rather than trying to slander this country by finding little quirks to knock.

  17. Oh..and to CANADIAN… you’re an idiot. People only eat s’mores here generally while camping. Hence ‘special occasions’. If you Canadians are truly eating them every day as you clearly state, then maybe mountees are the fat ones. You’re stuck with the French idea that the French are superior in EVERY way… which is funny, because again, when traveling, everyone hates the French.

  18. Chow mein is also Chinese in origin – ??. It just means ‘fried noodles’. Not American, at all.

  19. Chinese food that is egg rolls, chow mein and such are actually chinese food. The chinese DO eat fried foods, lots of it. They just dont consume it in large quantities like Americans do. Fake Chinese food is fortune cookies, crab ragoons and cashew chicken. Cashew chicken was invented by a Chinese man(Leong) in Springfield Missouri, (where I’m from) he was a wonderful man, his children still run a restaurant in Springfield, still serving his wonderful creation. I love it when I go to a chinese restaurant with my chinese friends that are actually from China. We spend most of the time talking about the food thats real chinese food and the ones Americans made. :)

  20. Turducken seems to enjoy its popularity to John Madden. Are there any other individuals around who are so closely identified to a dish or food?

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