Traditional American Food Recipes

New England Corn ChowderThose of us with a genuine love for the cultural melting pot of the good 'ole United States will find that the defining style of American cooking recipes is as varied as its people, and the heart of the American cuisine is as broad as its sweeping plains and amber waves of grain.

Creole Cuisine

The Creole cuisine is an American fusion of African and French cooking, and most southerners will attest to the state of Louisiana as the capital of the Creole culture.  Locally grown produce and seafood are a major element of the cuisine. 

Creole Recipes:

Menudo (Tripe)
Crabmeat Ravigote
Oysters Rockefeller
Pat's Shrimp Creole
Easy Lamb Creole Gumbo
Creole Eggplant Souffle

Jambalaya Recipes:

Beef Jambalaya
Cajun Jambalaya
Dunbar's Jambalaya
Black-Eyed Pea Jambalaya

While Cajun cooking has evolved from rustic peasantry, Creole has its roots in well-to-do plantation kitchens and the old American upper class.  Today Cajun and Creole are in the process of a fusion, and many dishes found in one are common in the other, with slight variations of ingredients and preparation techniques.  Cajun favorites include Chicken Creole, Crawfish Étouffée, and Jambalaya.

Cajun Cuisine

Hearty and full of spice, Cajun cuisine has its origins with the French Acadian people, who had been transferred to Louisiana from eastern Quebec and nearby regions.  Traditional Cajun cooks had placed great importance on not throwing to waste parts of an animal.  Thus creative, simple to cook dishes were created to make use of what otherwise would have been discarded. 

Cajun Recipes:

Boiled Crawfish
Andouille Sausage Homemade
Frank's Place New Orleans Gumbo
Chicken and Andouille Gumbo

A traditional Cajun meal usually incorporates rice or corn bread with the entrée.  Gumbo, Jambalaya and Boudin sausage are Cajun signature foods.

New England Cuisine

Lobster and a variety of clam fish are typical of the New England cuisine.  The New England Clam Bake is a feast of lobsters and clams prepared in an open pit of sizzling stones right on the beach! This Native American tradition is a day-long family event.

New England Recipes:

Clam Chowder, Maine Style
New England Clam Chowder
Authentic New England Fish Chowder
Clam Chowder- New England Home Style
Clam Chowder- From a New England Famous Restaurant

For those looking for a more tamed kind of meal, clam chowder is a North American favorite typically made from fresh clams, potatoes, and pork fat with a milk or tomato base, depending on region.   The most popular varieties include the milk-based New England clam chowder, the tomato-based Manhattan clam chowder, and the broth-based Rhode Island clam chowder.  Corn chowder, made from creamed corn and bacon, is an additional New England favorite.

Southwestern Cuisine

Spicy flavors and elegant presentations carry on the traditions of Native American, Mexican and Spanish colonial cultures that have combined to form Southwestern cooking as we know it today. Southwestern cooking is often referred to as Tex-Mex, and reflects the combination of Mexican and Texan cooking techniques and ingredients.

Southwestern Recipes:

Great Guacamole
Chili Con Queso
Black Bean Nachos
Baked Chimichangas
Green Chili Con Carne
Salsa Cruda (Fresh Salsa)

The Southwestern cuisine can be easily adapted to a vegetarian lifestyle, as the cuisine relied heavily on grains and vegetable ingredients.  The spicy chili soup Chili con carne, fresh salsa, the avocado-based guacamole dip, tacos, nachos and burritos are popular southwestern must-haves.

From the spicy Creole cuisine of the American south, to the ever-changing melting pot of the American north, the defining style of the American kitchen is variety, with a dash of the American dream in every bite.  Stroll through the range of enticing dishes and styles brewing on stove tops and ovens across the country.  There is so much more to taste than American pie! 

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