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Updated on Oct 26, 2019. Posted on Aug 11, 2017

Are You A True American Foodie?

Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, and all the mac and cheese.

  1. What seasoning is most commonly used to make Maryland crab cakes?

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    Maryland crab cakes are traditionally seasoned with Old Bay seasoning.

    It's a blend of spices used to season many New England seafood dishes, and it's made with paprika, salt, pepper, and a variety of other spices. Learn how to make your own blend here.

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  2. Which ingredient is not used in Buffalo sauce?

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    Classic buffalo sauce is made with melted butter, vinegar, worcestershire, garlic, cayenne, and hot sauce (although different regions have different recipes).

    Learn how to make the classic wing sauce here.

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  3. Which ingredient is not in a classic key lime pie filling?

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    Key lime pie filling is made with egg yolks, sweetened condensed milk, and (of course) key lime juice.

    The base is mixed up, baked in a crust, and topped with meringue. Learn how to make it here.

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  4. Which of these ingredients would NOT be used to make a Connecticut lobster roll?

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    Connecticut-style lobster rolls are never made with mayonnaise (mayonnaise is saved for the Maine-style rolls).

    Learn how to make a classic Connecticut-style roll here.

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  5. What cut of beef would you use to make a chicken fried steak?

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    Chicken fried steak is made with cubed round steak.

    The term cubed refers to a steak that has been tenderized by pounding or piercing small holes into it. Learn how to make it here.

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  6. If you're making a traditional apple pie, what ratio of flour to fat to water should you use to make the crust?

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    Classic apple pie is made with a ratio of three parts flour, two parts fat (butter, lard, or shortening), and one part ~very cold~ water.

    A pinch of salt (and sometimes sugar) can also be added. Learn how to make it here.

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  7. To make a quintessential American burger, what percent of the ground beef used should be fat?

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    For the juiciest burger, use ground beef with 30% fat.

    While the type of beef you use depends mostly on personal taste, most experts agree that the classic (and best) burger is made with 30% fat.

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  8. Philly cheesesteak is most commonly made with what cut of meat?

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    Philly cheesesteak is most commonly made with thinly sliced ribeye.

    It's loaded into a crusty hoagie roll and topped with melted cheese. Learn how to make it here.

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  9. What's the difference between New England clam chowder and Manhattan clam chowder?

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    New England clam chowder is milk or cream-based while Manhattan clam chowder is stock-based.

    Rhode Island, New Jersey, and Delaware are other popular styles of clam chowder, but New England and Manhattan are the most popular. Learn more about the different styles here.

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  10. Mac and cheese sauce is usually thickened by what?

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    Mac and cheese is usually made with a mornay sauce (which is milk or cream thickened by a roux). If you were to make mac and cheese with just cheese, it wouldn't be creamy.

    Learn how to make classic mac and cheese here.

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  11. To make classic southern grits, what ratio of liquid to grits should you use?

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    Classic southern grits are made with four parts liquid to one part grits (AKA ground cornmeal).

    Stock, milk, or water is most commonly used to cook the grits ― and finishing with cheese is a must. Learn how to make them here.

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