The embodiment of American cuisine are the known worldwide hamburger, hot dog, steak, all thoroughly drenched in ketchup and accompanied by the must-have soda drink or orange juice.
The compulsory stuffed turkey for Thanksgiving or Christmas has been deeply ingrained. American cuisine has been founded on the presence of the various parts of the worldwide culinary arts.
These are predominantly European and Asian cuisines, but also African, mixed with the traditional culinary preference of the first American citizens.
Key ingredients in American dishes throughout the centuries have been beans, corn and pumpkin. These crops complemented each other so well, that they began calling them "the three sisters".
That's why even up to today, many dishes containing these products have been preserved. Beans with guacamole, soups, salads, corn dishes and all sorts of specialties with pumpkin, among which even pumpkin juice have been the favorites of generations of Americans.
Barbecue is also popular in American cuisine - steaks, ribs, hot dogs, everything that can be grilled. The cooking of meat on a barbecue is an important ritual for every holiday or family dinner.
The main component of jambalaya is rice. But not just any kind, rather, the so-called "dirty rice" - days old leftover boiled rice, that is fried and then stewed in broth along with other ingredients. And those include anything that you might find in your refrigerator.
Traditional American pancakes are a wonderful breakfast and they are quite easy to make. The products for them are 3 eggs, 2 cups of milk, flour for a runny dough, powdered sugar, maple syrup.
Whisk the eggs in a bowl, add the milk and beat with a mixer or whisk. Pour in the powdered sugar and flour and beat once more.
Let the mixture stand for 1 hour. Then stir well with a spoon. The dough must be thick, not runny. If it is a bit too thick, dilute it with more milk.
Heat a large saucepan on the stove and leave it on medium heat. Spread oil on the saucepan and once it has fully heated, pour the dough with a spoon until you get round pancakes. Cook on both sides, stack in columns in plates and serve with maple syrup.