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    Wink Weird American foods!

    The recent thread discussing peanut butter and jelly sandwiches reminded me of a magazine article I saw that mentioned other weird culinary concoctions that are popular in America.

    Okay, so peanut butter and jelly sandwiches aren't my thing. When I was younger I remember hearing them mentioned on TV and just thinking that it was a joke. But apparently they are very popular in the US. Fair enough. I'm sure haggis seems like a barely-believable joke to Americans!

    But... I read this article, and... I simply cannot believe that anyone would ever eat these monstrosities. Apparently these are traditional Thanksgiving dishes. I've no problem with anyone eating what they like... but... this has to be a joke. Tell me none of these are real!

    http://metro.co.uk/2016/11/24/10-wei...ained-6278423/

    Ham and banana casserole?! No waaaaaay! Sweet potato and marshmallow bake?! What?! Frog eye salad?! I... just... don't... believe... it...

    Is this just complete nonsense? Are these really rare dishes that only crazy people make? Or... does everyone in America feast on this stuff once a year? How were these creations popularised? Just... why....?

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    Sweet potato and marshmallow bake

    Yeah, pretty common at big family meals on my side of the gene pool as well as my outlaws. I'm not a sweet potato fan, so I rarely have more than enough to be polite. It's not terrible, just not my thing.

    Frog eye salad

    Never heard of it.

    Ambrosia salad

    Tasty. You'll see it at just about any potluck or any holiday dinner.

    Jell-O salad

    Common. I'm OK with it as long as they leave out the celery and walnuts.

    Strawberry pretzel salad

    New one on me... but it seems like it would be reasonably tasty.

    Ham and banana casserole

    Not now, not ever. There's a joke in there somewhere about a porn film produced in Hades involving Melissa McCarthy and the Green Bay Packers.

    Anything with corn

    Well, duh!

    Turkey roasted with anchovies

    I think I might have had that once. Even if not, it sounds pretty good.

    100-proof turkey


    That one's probably made up. Pointless anyway, since the vodka would evaporate leaving no flavor behind.

    Cranberry and horseradish sauce


    Don't care for cranberry sauce, so even if it's been in front of me, I would passed on it.

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    A lot of people do like corn and Jello in the US, but I haven't even heard about any of the other foods before now. Maybe they do exist but certainly are not "alternate" Thanksgiving traditions. And this is coming from a person who has Tofurky as the main meal.

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    It depends on where you are at!

    I have had Raccoon, possum, snake, turtle and sea cucumber.

    I do have recipes for things like prairie dog, but will not eat it! Any recipe that starts out with after you kill the prairie dog scorch the body in a fire to remove the hair and KILL THE FLEAS is not touching my plate. Besides they are to cute.

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    I might be one of the few people who actually doesn't find most cultures food besides my own weird. I love trying new things, and most things I can easily imagine what it would taste like simply by the ingredients involved.

    Peanut butter and Jelly for example, if you take apart the components, all it is really is fruit and nuts which often go together in various different ways.

    Sweet potato and marshmallow bake
    Sweet potatoes as their name suggests are somewhat sweet on their own. Adding marshmallows to the top is pretty much just like adding sugar to increase sweetness, but while at the same time adding a bit more flavor. It says it's baked into carmalized sugar as well, although I think it can also be done by jsut addings some butter and brown sugar instead, which I think tastes pretty good.
    So basically, all this is doing is heightening the natural flavors. Adding some kind of nuts I could imagine be pretty good as well, maybe pecans. I don't know if anyone actually does that, but it sounds like a good idea to me.

    Frog eye salad
    I have never had this before. However, the ingredients doesn't seem too unusual to me considering I have had Noodle Pudding before. Honestly, the only odd ingredient would be the pasta, but whne you consider pasta is pretty much just flower and egg, not very unsusual as it's found in many sweets in general.

    Ambrosia salad
    I have had this before, I think. I actually never knew how it was made, but it sounds fine till you get to the part with mayo or sour cream. I think sour cream probably would taste better than mayo when I think about the flavor. But let's be honest here, cheesecake is often made with creamcheese ... XD, can't say that is anymore unusual ... right?

    lol I am not going to go over all of them, but I think the point here is, rather than thinking about how something sounds weird together, it's actually better to think of the taste of each ingredient and make comparisons to food that have similar ingredients. You can typically figure out what would and wouldn't taste good together by doing this.

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    Being hispanic raised in a hispanic household in America, I haven't heard of any of these things XD

    Except for PB&J. Not a fan of those myself though.

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    Along the lines of PB&J, there is the Fluffernutter which always struck me as an odd combination. Especially with things like bananas or bacon. o.O

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    MarchinBunny

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sapphyre View Post
    Along the lines of PB&J, there is the Fluffernutter which always struck me as an odd combination. Especially with things like bananas or bacon. o.O
    I love peanut butter and marshmallow fluff, as well as peanut butter and Nutella. Or even all 3. Or minus the peanut butter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarchinBunny View Post
    I love peanut butter and marshmallow fluff, as well as peanut butter and Nutella. Or even all 3. Or minus the peanut butter.
    You weird American. Actually it is a surprisingly tasty concoction, but not something I would ever have thought of. And I still don't get why it should taste good with bananas or bacon on it. o.O




    Quote Originally Posted by MarchinBunny View Post
    I might be one of the few people who actually doesn't find most cultures food besides my own weird. I love trying new things, and most things I can easily imagine what it would taste like simply by the ingredients involved.
    I've been a bit adventurous with food myself, but encountered plenty of popular foreign foods that I just don't enjoy. Japanese nattō springs to mind. It tastes worse than it looks. >.< And the flavor is rather difficult to imagine or describe -- to me it was somewhere in between black coffee and sweaty socks, with a vaguely cheesy undertone.

    Getting back to weird American foods though... one I've never tried is the Rocky Mountain oyster, though it is apparently not a uniquely American dish.

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