It’s not a secret that America is famed for mouth-watering sweet and savoury treats. Now if you’re thinking it’s just McDonald’s on every corner or Starbucks crowding the streets, you’re in for a nice surprise. From delicious diners to tantalising grill restaurants, they really have it all. My last trip to New York was a foodies delight! American food has always proved a popular choice for tasty and simple dishes, perfect to recreate at home. America produces the ultimate in sweet treats and savoury cuisine that is out of this world. If you’re lucky you may even get to sample the best of both in a harmonious concoction.
Great authentic American dishes are super easy to recreate in the comforts of your own kitchen and offer a delicious treat for the whole family. Whether you have a sweet tooth or fancy something a little more refined, take a look at these popular sweet and savoury foods to get those taste buds tingling.
American sweet treats
You can’t beat an American pancake! It’s the thick spongy treat that is often eaten with maple syrup, crispy bacon and dollops of ice cream. However you choose to indulge in this tasty pleasure, pancakes are super easy to whip up at home and offer a simple snack and delicious breakfast or dessert option.
Key lime pie
This famous American dessert will certainly get your mouth-watering. Its origins go back to the state of Florida where the traditional key lime pie is made with key lime juice, sweetened condensed milk, egg yolks and a short crust. It’s perfect for after dinner treats and celebrations and is a popular dessert to recreate at home.
Another of America’s infamous sweet treats is the pumpkin based pie. This delicious creation is often eaten around harvest season and is perfect for celebrations such as Thanksgiving, Christmas and Halloween. It is often flavoured with cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. Variations of this delightful dessert are popular too including butternut squash or sweet potato examples.
Red velvet cake
This delicious cake creation takes its name from the addition of red food colouring or beetroot to give it that distinctive deep red colour. Commonly known to have origins from the southern states, this popular sweet treat is the perfect dessert at Christmas and Valentine’s Day due to its celebratory colouring. It’s super simple to make and is often decorated with roux icing and buttercream to give it a scrumptious taste.
American savoury dishes
For scrummy deep fried potato, creating your own tater tots to accompany a range of meals is the perfect option. They are so simple to whip up and are really tasty too. Just grate or finely shred potato, pop in seasoning if required, heat oil in a pan or fryer, form the potato into little balls and fry until golden brown.
This incredible creation tantalises the taste buds with a variety of recipes to try at home. Whether you want to make a classic savoury snack or opt to add little extra to your creation, there’s tons of ways to add some magic in your recipe. Simple banana bread recipes are easy to make and include creaming butter, sugar and eggs together to make a light and fluffy mixture then pop in the flour, baking powder and bananas. Pour into a tin and bake in the oven for approximately 30 minutes then cool. Why not decorate to your taste too and savour this delicious American delight.
Although the origins of the corn dog are slightly blurred, there’s no mistaking the association and popularity of this savoury treat in American cuisine. You’ll often see them served from street vendors or in fast food outlets but creating this tasty snack is super easy at home too. Just pop all your ingredients including cornmeal, flour, seasoning, sugar and baking powder in a bowl and mix, then stir in milk and eggs. Preheat oil in a deep pan or fryer. Insert wooden skewers into your corndog and roll in the batter you’ve created. Fry until light brown and drain. Voila, delicious dogs.
American sweet and savoury specials
American cuisine has a spectacular way of bringing sweet and savoury together in harmony. Why not try a Jell-O salad or sesame seed salt cookies? They may sound like a strange combination but each invention offers a delight to the senses. These treats are created to impress your palette and use a variety of contrasting flavours to awaken your taste buds. So why not delve into these delicious sweet and savoury recipes at home and start creating your own scrumptious dishes in the comfort of your own kitchen.