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18 Foods America Insists On Fucking Up

"We'll take it from here." –America

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2. A rustic, Italian-inspired chicken parmigiana dish:

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Chicken parmigiana as we know it is probably already an Italian-American dish to begin with, but it's inspired by several classic Italian dishes such as costelette Parmigiana and melanzane alla Parmigiana.

3. Fresh and delicious Baja fish tacos:

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There's no dish more suited for summer than a fish taco. This classic street food most likely has its origins in the Baja region of Northern Mexico and Southern California, and has been keeping surfers fed since the 1950s.

4. Refreshing gazpacho from Spain, the precursor to tomato soup:

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It's hard for any region to claim classic tomato soup as their own, but the Andalusia province in Spain has been making variations of gazpacho since the Moors landed on the Iberian Peninsula in the eighth century.

5. A stunning piece of salmon temaki sushi (aka hand-rolled makizushi) from Japan:

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Temaki is another very popular style of sushi where the ingredients are piled into a cone of nori, which is then eaten with your hands instead of chopsticks.

7. Traditional pizza from Naples, Italy:

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The dish we call pizza has been evolving for centuries. Pizza originated in Naples, Italy, in the late 18th century, and cheese was first added in the late 19th century when a pizza-maker named Raffaele Esposito topped a pizza with red tomato, green basil, and white mozzarella cheese in honor of the Italian flag.

8. The shrimp po' boy, classic Louisiana Creole street food:

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This one is actually American in origin, but can be traced back to Louisiana Creole cuisine, which blends tastes and techniques from several areas including France, Spain, and West Africa. Po' boys come in many varieties, but the most traditional version includes fried shrimp and oysters.

9. A warm, gooey chile relleno from Puebla, Mexico:

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The traditional version of this dish was just a roasted poblano pepper stuffed with meat. The more modern fried version usually contains soft, white cheese from Chihuahua or Oaxaca and comes covered in sauce.

America's take on the chile relleno:

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Excuse me, waiter? Can you let the kitchen staff know that they've mistakenly given me someone's plate of vomit instead of the chile relleno I ordered? Thanks.

10. Did you know that a traditional parfait from France is actually a frozen dessert similar to a semifreddo?

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It's true! The name of the dessert translates to "perfect" in French. It was originally something closer to soft ice cream, rather than the layered cream and fruit version that later became popular in the United States.

11. Hearty, filling bratwurst from Germany:

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There's some debate in Germany as to which region we have to thank for these delicious sausages. Both Bavaria and Thuringia have legitimate claims to the dish that they can back up with documents dating clear back to the early 1300s.

Bratwurst in the US:

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In 1313, a council in Nuremberg declared that for a bratwurst to be authentic, the only meat it could contain was pork. They didn't say anything about gummy bears, though.

12. Rich, creamy hummus from the Middle East:

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This simple dish made from tahini and chickpeas dates back to 13th-century Egypt, and is a fundamental part of Levantine cuisine, making it a popular dish throughout the modern-day Middle East (and the rest of the world too!).

13. Tangy, delicious deviled eggs, originally from Rome, but popular throughout Europe:

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Deviled eggs are older than you could have possibly imagined, with the very first recipes dating back to fourth-century Rome, and the most modern interpretation dating back to 13th-century Spain. The dish remains a popular hors d'oeuvre in many European countries, especially during holidays.

14. Traditional Japanese ramen:

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Even though ramen has become synonymous with Japan, there's some scholarly debate as to its origins. It's likely that ramen was originally a Chinese dish that made its way into Japan sometime between the 1600s and early 1900s, depending on who you ask.

15. A classic Tex-Mex burrito:

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The tradition of using tortillas to wrap food dates back to pre-Columbian Mesoamerican societies throughout modern-day Mexico and Central America. The origins of the modern burrito are a bit of a mystery, but they likely came about in Northern Mexico or Southern California in the 18th or 19th century.

A burrito in modern America:

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16. Time-honored English mashed potatoes:

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The first recipe for mashed potatoes appeared in 1747 in a book called The Art of Cookery by English cookbook author Hannah Glasse. It's become a traditional dish in the UK and the US, and is often enjoyed on holidays.

17. A traditional French cheese plate:

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France's relationship with cheese goes back centuries, and cheese has really become a piece of French identity. Traditionally, a platter of at least three cheeses is served after dinner and before dessert.

18. Teppanyaki cuisine in Japan:

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Teppenyaki is a more recent addition to Japan's long history of fine cuisine. It was first introduced in the 1940s when the restaurant chain Misono began to prepare food in a more Western style by grilling meat on a teppan, or iron griddle.

Teppenyaki grills are often confused with hibachi grills, which use charcoal and have an open grate.

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