I often hear Americans (and a lot of Brits, to be fair) express horror at the thought of black pudding - a particular favourite of mine. Yes, it's made from disgusting things, but so are sausages, pork pies and hot dogs. Black pudding just comes clean about its contents.
Anyway, I was doing a little research the other day into American foods. Next time an American makes a disparaging comment about black pudding, tripe or any other questionable British treat, just mention one or all of the following:
Scrapple - typically a breakfast dish, this is a mush of pork trimmings, mixed with cornmeal and flour, formed into a loaf. The loaf is then cut into slices and fried. The pork trimmings, by the way are usually offal; that is, all the bits you typically wouldn't want to eat, mainly because they are inedible. In some areas, this delicacy is eaten in a sandwich.
Pretzel salad - which as you can see, could be described as an American version of our trifle, only not very nice. Its base is crushed pretzels, the middle is a cream cheese and cream (but you can use cottage cheese) mixture, and the top is Jello (jelly) with fruit in it. It's meant to be delicious, but my tastebuds would be thoroughly confused by the combinations therein.
Catfish. I mean could you eat something that started off looking like that?
The Green Bean Salad. This is dragged out at Thanksgiving and Christmas and is possibly the worst dish I have eaten in the States. Bar none. Even if you like green beans. You take your green beans, a can of condensed mushroom soup, another can of french fried onions, mix it all together and bake. Yuck. I must admit, a friend made a "gourmet" version not so long ago and it was good, but the one that is held in high esteem across the land is bloody awful. Who makes Thanksgiving and Christmas dishes with cans of soup for gawd's sake?
So there. A little revenge against British cuisine bashers.