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American foods that gross out foreigners ETA: added the link

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I saw this article and I can't help but say I am completely not surprised. We all know of some foreign foods that gross out Americans, but did you ever top to think which of our foods gross out people from other countries? Here's an interesting article (I do wish it explained more on why they don't like certain things!) And I can't say I blame them because a lot of it is processed junk or things we just toss together to eat in a hurry. What do you think? Are you grossed out by these things?


Thanks to an abundance of cooking shows on cable and satellite TV, there’s no shortage of foreign foods that Americans find totally gross. But have you ever stopped to think that maybe foreigners have similar reactions to some of our American classics? They do.

There are some things we eat in this country that just don’t make sense to those not born and raised here. Some of those foods just look gross; some of them really are gross. So gross, in fact, that some Americans won’t even eat them.

For your dining pleasure, here is our list of 10 American restaurant classics that gross out foreigners:

1. Biscuits and Gravy

This Southern breakfast classic consists of light, fluffy biscuits and some sort of sausage gravy. Such breakfast fare is not so unusual to certain types of Europeans, but go to South America, Asia, or Africa and you’ll find they think that biscuits and gravy is pretty gross. A recipe from Bob Evans shows their gravy – which is what most foreigners consider the gross part – consists of browned sausage, flour, milk, salt, and pepper.

2. Bacon and Eggs

As long as we’re talking about breakfast, bacon and eggs is another recipe strange to many foreigners, especially in countries like France, where breakfast consists of some sort of fruit along with a bread product. Foreigners find our bacon and eggs especially difficult to swallow if the bacon is greasy. But even the eggs don’t look all that appetizing to those who haven’t grown up with them.

3. Grits

For one last look at gross breakfast food, we give you yet another Southern classic: grits. This dish is a soupy, pasty porridge made up of ground corn, water, and a few other ingredients. The Food Network offers a recipe from Paula Deen, if you’re interested. And just so you know, any self-respecting restaurant claiming to serve authentic Southern food will have grits on the breakfast menu. That’s just the way it is.

4. Peanut Butter and Jelly

Because peanut butter and jelly is so common to American households, it’s normal for family restaurants to include it on the kids menu. Heck, even some adults will enjoy a good PB&J at lunchtime. But not foreigners. To this day, many of them are grossed out by the sight and smell of peanut butter. That’s a shame, because they’re also missing out on other classics like goober peanut soup.

5. Casseroles

We decided to lump every casserole into this one category because, quite frankly, the majority of foreigners find them all disgusting. Whether you’re talking about Aunt Genevieve’s famous bean casserole or the tuna and cream of mushroom casserole mom used to prepare during Lent, there’s no getting around the fact that these meals are more than an acquired taste.

6. Corn Dogs

Did you know that the original corn dog was patented in 1929 by an inventor from Buffalo, New York? Even so, the historical nature of the corn dog doesn’t make it any more appealing to non-Americans. Since its inception the corn dog has gone through its own evolutionary changes to arrive at what we now find being served by restaurants and street vendors and at state fairs across the country.

7. Meatloaf

Let’s be honest; we’ve all had a meatloaf or two that was gross even by our own standards. Imagine what foreigners must think of this classic American restaurant food. To some, it’s the egg that makes the recipe unbearable. To others, meatloaf is unpalatable because it’s dry and flavorless. But Americans love it, as evidenced by the number of family restaurants serving it.

8. Spam Sandwich

The good folks at Hormel take a lot of ribbing where their signature Spam product is concerned. And despite the fact that Americans devour this product without question, foreigners are a lot more choosy when it comes to their meat. They don’t like Spam specifically because no one really claims to know what’s in it. And besides, meat packed in a can is just not the way they do it in most other countries. Thanks to Monty Python, however, there may be some Brits who actually enjoy a good Spam sandwich.

9. Cold Breakfast Cereal

Making a quick return to breakfast for just a minute, have you ever considered cold breakfast cereal from the hotel restaurant’s buffet? We think nothing of making our breakfast a combination of grains, sugar, marshmallows, and milk or, heaven forbid, some sort of fiber-rich cereal that amounts to nothing more than a nuclear laxative in a box. As for the foreigners, many will eat biscuits and gravy before they’ll think about cold breakfast cereal.

10. Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich

The Philly Cheesesteak sandwich was allegedly invented by two Philadelphia hot dog stand owners who were experimenting with chopped steak and onions on Italian bread. That said, the modern cheesesteak is disgusting to most foreigners because of the ingredients involved. A true, classic cheesesteak uses the worst cuts of meat available along with hot, melted Cheese Whiz―another classic American food that foreigners hate.

The link: I'm mobile, can't make it clicky!

http://www.restaurants.com/blog/10-american-restaurant-classics-that-gross-out-foreigners/?utm_source=Taboola&utm_medium=Native&utm_campaign=rest_phase1#.Uw9SWn_nbmw
Posted by Anonymous on Feb. 27, 2014 at 8:29 AM
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sarasunshine99
by Gold Member on Feb. 27, 2014 at 8:36 AM
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And I don't blame them.  Vacationing in Europe and Asia is a dream with all of the healthy food choices.  Europeans look at the cheese-steak as an enigma, something to be seen and maybe try once...not as a daily staple in one's diet.  

Anonymous
by Anonymous 2 on Feb. 27, 2014 at 8:40 AM
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Old joke...

Two foreigners visiting the USA walk up to a cart on the street selling hotdogs..intrigued they just had to see how hot dogs tasted.  After looking at the food that they been handed, one foreigner says to the other one "oh my gosh, what part did you get"?

balagan_imma
by Gold Member on Feb. 27, 2014 at 8:40 AM

Can't say as I blame them. The only thing I would eat off of that list is eggs, and those are usually in a quiche or frittata.

B1Bomber
by Ruby Member on Feb. 27, 2014 at 8:41 AM
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We are one of the only countries in the world where breakfast consists of different foods than other meals.

Cold cereal is only weird because other countries don't drink milk.

And you've never had good meatloaf if you think it's dry or eggy.
Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 - Original Poster on Feb. 27, 2014 at 8:41 AM
I spent years in Europe. I absolutely loved the food. Everything was fresh, local, and if it wasn't good that day, they just didn't sell it. Restaurants included. They'd rather lose an expensive sale than lose a customer and usually would point you in the direction of what was freshest that day regardless of how low the price. And processed foods, well that was an occasional thing and minimally processed if that, like chocolates or cakes/cookies from the grocery store. The abundance of fresh foods and lack of fast food/processed junk was amazing.

Quoting sarasunshine99:

And I don't blame them.  Vacationing in Europe and Asia is a dream with all of the healthy food choices.  Europeans look at the cheese-steak as an enigma, something to be seen and maybe try once...not as a daily staple in one's diet.  

Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 - Original Poster on Feb. 27, 2014 at 8:43 AM
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I've had excellent meatloaf, it's just that many foreign countries don't use ground meat products and many foreigners don't enjoy the texture of ground meat packed with grains and eggs.

Quoting B1Bomber: We are one of the only countries in the world where breakfast consists of different foods than other meals.

Cold cereal is only weird because other countries don't drink milk.

And you've never had good meatloaf if you think it's dry or eggy.
TheSilence
by Tá mé an mó on Feb. 27, 2014 at 8:44 AM
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Most if those things are gross to me as an American.
The peanut butter and jelly thing can be explained easily. North American peanut butter tends to be far sweeter than European peanut butter. Adding sweet jelly isn't odd.
It's savory in Europe so you wouldn't add a sweet to it.
That's why people find it gross.
zianneaaliyah
by 4ever LMFAO on Feb. 27, 2014 at 8:48 AM
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Number 10 is incorrect. Cheese Whiz is not a true ingredient for a classic Philly cheese steak. I'm actually offended by that, LMAO!

heidi749
by Canadian on Feb. 27, 2014 at 8:48 AM
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I have heard of Grits, never had them, they do not sound the most appetizing though, biscuits and gravy or Spam sandwich can not say I have ever tried either... But most everything else, is here in Canada..

KendallsMommee
by Spoiled SAHM on Feb. 27, 2014 at 8:51 AM
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That list is making me hungry.
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