American cuisine is a hybrid of various cultures. Having strong origins from Europe, our food naturally has a European flair to it. However, since the beginning, these traditional European meals were modified to the ingredients found on this land. Furthermore, they were blended with the other associated cultures to create what we know as traditional American food.
· Whole Grain Cracker Crust Pizza - We all crave
pizza at some point. This lesson teaches you how to make your classic American
style dish, but with a healthier twist to it; it is 100% whole grain. The pizza
dough has several Italian themed herbs in. The toppings would be your choice,
but our favorite is to add roasted garlic, fresh basil, and mushrooms with two
cheeses that consist of mozzarella and Parmesan. Thick crust style also available.
Apple Pear Stuffed Pork Loin with Pecan Mustard Coating
- We take a pork loin, cut it and hammer it until it is somewhat flat. It is
then filled sautéed apples and pears. Once it is rolled, it is glazed with a mustard
based sauce and topped with pecans.
Roasted Red Bell Pepper Stuffed with Italian
Meat Balls - The meatball consists of several dried herbs, fresh parsley, whole
wheat bread crumbs, mozzarella cheese, parmesan cheese, onions, etc. It is stuffed
into a half cut red bell pepper where it is smothered with a marinara sauce,
mozzarella cheese and then roasted in a hot oven.
Chicken Soup – A whole chicken is boiled with
herbs, garlic, and onions until the meat is so tender it falls off the bones.
The chicken is pulled out of the broth and pieces of meat are added back to the
savory broth. Carrots, parsnips, and celery are also added. Noodles or
dumplings are optional for this meal. Note: this makes an excellent pairing
with a two day lesson plan in which the leftover chicken meat is used to make
enchiladas, tacos or a chicken soufflé.
Chicken and Dumplings – Similar to the chicken
soup, a whole chicken is boiled with herbs, garlic, and onions until the meat
is so tender it falls off the bones. The chicken is pulled out of the broth and
pieces of meat are added back to the broth. Carrots and celery are also added.
Finally, a whole grain dumpling is spooned into the soup where it cooks until
fluffy and soft.
Beef Stroganoff – Fillet mignon is thinly sliced
and simmered in a beef consume sauce that has been thickened with whole wheat
flour. Top this savory dish off with a Parmesan cheese garnish and you have a traditional
American comfort food.
Fried Chicken – Yes, this too is whole grain.
Chicken legs are covered in a spice blend, doused with whole wheat flour, and
fried in olive oil. The final product is a salty, savory, and delectably
crunchy fried chicken. A southern classic cooked in a more traditional way than
you might find in the south during this modern era.
· Whole Roasted Chicken with Gravy – A whole chicken covered in herbs is slowly roasted until a delectable golden crust is formed. The pan drippings are then used to make whole grain gravy to smother over it. Pairs excellent with stuffing and mashed potatoes.
Cucumber Salad – This salad consists of Roma tomatoes, cucumbers, red onions marinated in a balsamic and olive oil dressing.
Side Salad - This salad is a mixed green salad with tomatoes, feta cheese, dried cranberries and pecans to tie it together. Finally it is topped with a balsamic and olive oil dressing.
Green Beans – Fresh cut green beans are simmered until tender. A summer savory herb blend is then added to them with a little dollop of cream and butter.
Brown Rice Pilaf – Whole grain rice is soaked until softened. It is then cooked with a savory broth, spices, and herbs to make the perfect whole grain side dish.
Garlic Rosemary Mashed Potatoes – One of our favorite side
dishes, buttery mash potatoes are flavored with garlic and rosemary; perfect on
its own or smothered in gravy.
Sweet Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls – Fluffy whole grain dinner
rolls are made from scratch and sweetened with honey, seasoned with sea salt.
Sweet Corn Bread – Traditional southern style sweet whole grain corn bread.
Corn on the Cob – Simple and yet divine. Sweet corn, still
on the cob, is cooked slowly until tender and glazed with butter and sea salt.
Whole Grain Stuffing – Traditional stuffing made with whole grain bread, celery, onions, various herbs, chicken broth and awesomeness; pairs excellent with most American cuisine. Corn bread stuffing is also an option.