What ethnic foods can you think of, that have become "American as apple pie"?

What ethnic foods can you think of, that have become "American as apple pie"?

Bignuf Bignuf
We just went out and had "CHIPS and SALSA". Then we ate burritos. We realize how "American" those are, or have become, at a "family dining" establishment.

What other "formerly ethnic" foods can you think of that have become completely "mainstream American" fare?
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Naughty Student Naughty Student
Quote:
Originally posted by Bignuf
We just went out and had "CHIPS and SALSA". Then we ate burritos. We realize how "American" those are, or have become, at a "family dining" establishment.

What other "formerly ethnic" foods can you ...
I think Hummus is coming around.

I eat a lot of it, I took cooking lessons and learned how to make hummus but not long after that hummus became popular and sold in all groceries. I love hummus, it's awesome on pita bread and crackers.
09/09/2011
EJ EJ
Yeah, hummus has gotten to be pretty common. I guess you can even buy it in a lot of grocery stores now... Pesto too.

Pizza's definitely Americanized out the wazoo. Tacos, Beans and Rice, Nachos... And Stir Fry and Beef and Brocolli are on a lot of menus I wouldn't have expected to see them on.
09/09/2011
Ghost Ghost
Those foods may be popular, but they when you think of "American food", do you think "hummus"? Not really, you still think "psuedo-Mediterranean" . Most foods we eat were formerly ethnic, such as hamburgers.
09/10/2011
Errant Venture Errant Venture
Curries and Kebabs have certainly become known as a typical British meal. Specifically, a typical British meal, late at night, when drunk.
09/10/2011
Ansley Ansley
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Originally posted by Ghost
Those foods may be popular, but they when you think of "American food", do you think "hummus"? Not really, you still think "psuedo-Mediterranean" . Most foods we eat were formerly ethnic, such as hamburgers.
Ground beef originated in Hamburg, Germany but I wouldn't exactly call it ethnic.
09/10/2011
potstickers potstickers
I think steak and hot dogs are pretty "American."

Hot dogs are technically "ethnic," right? About as ethnic as ground beef. Heh.
09/10/2011
Ghost Ghost
Hey! Ground beef originated with the Mongols!
09/11/2011
mandiegk mandiegk
I don't know if it is the same everywhere else in the US, but around here we have a lot of Polish foods that are pretty much considered American. Every bazaar you go to in the summer there are 30 minute lines for the pierogis and potato pancakes.
09/11/2011
Ghost Ghost
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Originally posted by mandiegk
I don't know if it is the same everywhere else in the US, but around here we have a lot of Polish foods that are pretty much considered American. Every bazaar you go to in the summer there are 30 minute lines for the pierogis and potato pancakes.
OMG. Where do you live?!?! I love pierogies and potato pancakes, but I always make them myself because no restaurants sell them!
09/11/2011
mandiegk mandiegk
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Originally posted by Ghost
OMG. Where do you live?!?! I love pierogies and potato pancakes, but I always make them myself because no restaurants sell them!
I live in Northeastern Pennsylvania. We have pierogis and potato pancakes everywhere - they are so popular they serve them at the Italian festival. Restaurants have them, but now they are trying to put their own spin on them by putting wing sauce on them.
09/11/2011
married with children married with children
does salsa count?
09/11/2011
Ghost Ghost
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Originally posted by mandiegk
I live in Northeastern Pennsylvania. We have pierogis and potato pancakes everywhere - they are so popular they serve them at the Italian festival. Restaurants have them, but now they are trying to put their own spin on them by putting wing sauce ...
Oh.. that makes sense. I actually used to live in PA.. where I was introduced. ;3
09/11/2011
El-Jaro El-Jaro
Ketchup/Catchup

It originally was created in south eastern Asia as a fish based sauce.
09/11/2011
Ansley Ansley
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Originally posted by Ghost
Hey! Ground beef originated with the Mongols!
Do tell? I'm intrigued.
09/11/2011
Ghost Ghost
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Originally posted by Ansley
Do tell? I'm intrigued.
Assuming this website is correct, link

But, I mean, who really knows? Seems like an idea that could be developed by many people through history.
09/11/2011
Rossie Rossie
Orange chicken. Most supermarkets sell it at their hot delis and frozen food section. A lot of American restaurants also have it on their menus.
09/11/2011
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