Top 10 Food Recipes IN USA


In America, the great melting pot, our cooking pots are full of borrowings. Mexican specialties took on a new identity when they got to Texas; Chinese-American chefs in the 19th-century took inspiration from their homeland to fashion dishes appropriate to their new home. Ours is a cuisine of adaptation, open to the world.

1. Chili con carne

Many Mexican dishes combine chiles with meat, which is literally what "chili con carne" means. Chili as we know it, though, comes from our side of the border, in southern Texas. It may have been concocted first by trail cooks on cattle drives. Another theory is that it was devised in the state's prison kitchens as a cheap, filling way to feed prisoners. San Antonio became known as the chili capital thanks to the so-called "Chili Queens," Mexican women who sold it and other dishes in the city's plazas. Chili came to national attention in 1893, when Texas set up a San Antonio Chili Stand at the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago that year — and the rest is spicy history.

Chili con carne


2. Chinese chicken salad

There are dishes made with shredded cold chicken in traditional Chinese cuisine. But the Chinese chicken salad as we know it — chicken tossed with shredded cabbage or lettuce, fried wonton strips or rice vermicelli, and other ingredients, usually in a sesame or peanut dressing — first appeared in California in the 1960s. Credit is usually given to Sylvia Cheng Wu, who served the salad at her popular Madame Wu restaurant in Santa Monica.

Chinese chicken salad


3. Cuban sandwich

Mixed meat sandwiches, or mixtos, were common workers' fare in 19th- and early 20th-century Cuba. The modern-day Cuban sandwich, though, was first formulated by immigrant cigar makers in Key West, Florida, in the late 19th century and later refined in Tampa. The recipe traditionally includes roast pork, ham, Swiss cheese and pickles on mustard-slathered lengths of Cuban bread — a baguette-like loaf with a thin, crisp crust. In Tampa, where a large part of the population is of Italian origin, salami is typically added to what has officially been dubbed "the signature sandwich of the city."

Cuban sandwich

4. Fortune cookie

Strangely enough, this American Chinese restaurant cliché may have been invented by Japanese restaurateurs, though in Los Angeles or San Francisco. A confection similar to the fortune cookies we're familiar with, flavored with sesame seeds, was first made in the southern Japanese capital of Kyoto in the 19th century. These were folded around slips of paper called o-mikuji, which contain short blessings (or curses!) and financial or personal predictions. They may have been introduced to America around the turn of the 19th century at San Francisco's Japanese Tea Garden. A Japanese restaurant owner in L.A. and the Chinese founder of the city's Hong Kong Noodle Company also claim to have brought the idea here but slightly later. When Japanese-Americans were interned and lost their businesses during World War II, Chinese bakers took over the industry in earnest, tweaking the recipe. After a Chinese-American graduate of the University of California named Shuck Yee invented a machine to fold them automatically in 1973, the cookies' fortunes were assured.

Fortune cookie

5. French dressing

The French almost always dress their salads with vinaigrette — an emulsion of olive oil and wine vinegar, with Dijon mustard, salt, and sometimes shallots, garlic, and sometimes various herbs mixed in. The sweetish, creamy, orange condiment sold as French dressing in the U.S. has an oil-and-vinegar base but adds tomato paste and/or ketchup, paprika, and brown sugar or corn syrup to the recipe. (There's also a homemade version involving Campbell's condensed tomato soup.) The original version may have been Milani 1890 French Dressing, made by a company founded in 1938.

French dressing

6. Grilled Pork Chops with Peach-Parsley Salad

This our ultimate version of a New York favourite. In just 10 minutes you can be enjoying that salty beef, tangy sauerkraut and melting cheese.

A grill is the gift that keeps on giving when it comes to easy summer dinners, as is the case with this simple pork chop recipe. The pork chops get a perfect sear since you pat them dry before you add them to the hot, oiled grill, and—bonus!—there's no smoky kitchen to worry about after. You'll serve the chops with a peppery arugula and stone-fruit salad; a perfect savory-sweet dinner pairing. Peaches and apricots are called for here, but any in-season stone fruit, like plums or nectarines, will taste great too.

Grilled Pork Chops with Peach-Parsley Salad


7. Cheesy Chicken Nachos

Making nachos at home allows you to pile on the goodies evenly once you arrange the chips in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet. For this recipe, this means every chip is gloriously topped with chicken, cheese, salsa, avocado and, well, more cheese. Make this an even heartier meal by adding black beans, or swap the avocado for homemade guacamole. The best part? This dish takes 20 minutes to prepare.

Cheesy Chicken Nachos

8. Egg Salad Toast with Fresh Herbs and Capers

These open-faced egg toast beauties are much more than your average egg salad sandwich—the flavors, textures, and even the look are elegant and original. Folded into the egg salad mixture is a mustardy vinaigrette, briny capers, fresh parsley, and just-bitter-enough radicchio leaves. Heaped on top of toasted sourdough, the result is both fresh and hearty, a win-win! This mixture would also be delicious piled on a whole grain, like brown rice or quinoa, or even served as a salad for a lighter meal.

Egg Salad Toast with Fresh Herbs and Capers

9. Grilled Halloumi Salad

There are a few reasons why this delicious grilled halloumi salad is going to become your summer dinner fave. First, it's easy to throw together after work, and it still manages to be super filling. Second, it hits all the right flavor notes—from briny olives to spicy garlic, and cool, crunchy cucumbers. But, the most important reason to make this salad is so you can eat grilled halloumi. The firm cheese can stand the heat of a grill or grill pan, and tastes salty, like feta. Go ahead and cut into the planks of crispy, melty cheese with a knife and fork, just like you would tofu or a portobello mushroom.

Grilled Halloumi Salad

10. Crispy Chicken Cutlets With Artichoke Dressing

You can't go wrong with crispy chicken cutlets. Seriously. Here, breadcrumb-coated chicken is baked and paired with roasted asparagus, and the whole thing is topped with a lemony dressing made from briny artichoke hearts, fresh parsley, and salty Parmesan. This dish is so tasty that it's hard to believe you can whip it up in just 25 minutes.

Crispy Chicken Cutlets With Artichoke Dressing