American Cuisine. What exactly is it? Sometimes, my students ask me what the typical dish of the United States is. That is not an easy question to answer because unless you count the cuisine of the Native American peoples, which is the only true American cuisine, then there really are no typical dishes of the United States.
Some people might think hamburgers or hotdogs or even apple pie are but they would be wrong. Hamburgers actually start as far back as the Mongolian Empire and hotdogs, well, most people know they are actually a German food as well as is apple pie. But these foods have become icons in America thanks in large part to McDonalds and all of its subsequent spin-off chain restaurants.