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English muffin

Samuel Bath Thomas, a British entrepreneur who moved to New York City, invented the English muffins.

Caesar salad

The Caesar Salad was invented in Mexico by Italian-American restaurateur Caesar Cardini.

Danish

The Danish was invented by bakers from Vienna, Austria.

Chili con carne

This spicy treat was conceived somewhere between Southern Texas and Northern Mexico.

Pizza

We all have Baker Raffaele Esposito of Naples to thank for this iconic recipe!

Hamburger

Hamburgers became super popular in cities like Chicago and New York when German immigrants started opening restaurants.

French fries

Poor Belgian villagers relied on fried potatoes in the winters when the river froze, making it impossible to find fish.

Nachos

Nachos were created by Ignacio Anaya, who whipped them up for famished wives of American soldiers in Piedras Negras.

Potato chips

Potato chips were invented by George Crum, a chef from Saratoga Springs, New York.

Pasta

The American affair with this Italian treat begin during the late 19th century.

Apple pie

The first apple pie recipe dates back to 1381. It was published in an English cookbook printed by Geoffrey Chaucer.

Ketchup

The original ketchup originated in China, which was basically fish sauce made from salted and fermented anchovies.

Mac and cheese

The first modern recipe of mac and cheese appeared in Elizabeth Raffald book "The Experienced English Housekeeper" in 1770.

California roll

Chef Hidekazu Tojo, a resident of Vancouver invented California Roll in 1971.

Hot dogs

Hot dogs were brought to America by German immigrants during the 19th century.

Enchiladas

The enchilada recipe made its way into the Mexican cookbooks from the 19th century.

Hummus

The origin of hummus is a bone of contention among Arabs, Turks, Greeks, Egyptians, and other Middle Eastern countries. We're just glad it exists!

Garlic bread

You will surely find a basket of warm garlic bread in every good Italian restaurant in America!

Waffle

The Belgian waffle made its debut at the World's Fair at Seattle in 1962, though it became popular in New York after a couple of years.

Naan bread

This flatbread makes your Indian curry or chicken masala more enjoyable.

Fish and chips

The first recorded combination of fish and chip shop dates back to the 1860s in London owned by Joseph Malin, who was a Jewish immigrant. The dish was introduced as a combination of two different cuisines. The main ingredients used in a typical fish and chip recipe are battered and fried dish with deep-fried chips.

Cornbread

Native Americans used corn for many purposes, including bathing. Their extensive use of corn led them to the discovery of cornbread. As corn was easy to grow and prepare, the Native Americans depended heavily on corn dishes and cornbread. Today, cornbread is closely associated with Southern and Atlantic cuisine.

Cobb salad

Robert Cobb, a restaurant owner at Hollywood accidently made a dish in 1936 what we today call the Cobb Salad. Some of the main ingredients in a typical Cobb Salad dish are chopped salad greens, boiled, grilled, or roasted chicken breast, tomato, avocado, chives, hard-boiled eggs, red-wine vinaigrette, and Roquefort cheese.

Ramen

As per popular belief, ramen originated in Japan. But as per the Tokohama Ramen Museum, the origins of this dish can be found in China. Ramen and was introduced to Japan by Chinese immigrants. The word ramen is a Japanese adaptation of the Chinese word for their wheat noodles, which is lamian.

Beef Jerky

Beef jerky was a meal prepared by the native South American Incan tribe called the Quechua. They prepared it by sun-drying the meat or roasting it in a fire. Beef jerky is believed to be a healthy snack as it is an excellent source of protein and has minimal carbohydrates per serving.

Wasabi

Wasabi comes from the Wasabia Japonica plant that originates in Japan. The plant is not widely cultivated in Japan. Today, it is commercially grown in countries like China, New Zealand, Australia, the United States, and Taiwan. Wasabi is grown for its roots that is used for preparing sauces and condiments.

Popcorn

According to popular belief, popcorn has American origins, and quite a few studies confirm that the oldest popcorn known to date was in New Mexico. The accessibility of popcorn grew wider in 80s. It is also believed that popcorn was served on Thanksgiving feasts in the 1600s in the Plymouth Colony.

Biryani

Biryani is believed to have Indian origin and was a popular dish among the Mughal emperors who once ruled India. Today, most people call Biryani a North Indian cuisine, but its availability is so widespread that it's correct to call it a pan-Indian dish

Can you guess the origin of these foods?

06th June, 2019

You love food, but do you know an awful lot about it? Scratching your head, already huh! Take this fun quiz, and guess the origin of these favorite American foods. If you guess all, you will be blessed with bragging rights. If not, well, you'll learn something new.

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