Fusion food has been present in the culinary world since the 1980s where it first dazzled the palates of fine diners with an entirely new and flavorful experience. Top chefs of the decade came up with innovative new dishes that combined classic dishes of American and Fresh cuisine with the flavors of non-Western countries, typically East Asian. But in the 1990s, Fusion cuisine declined in popularity when things started to get a little muddled. As restaurant culture grew, many restaurants attempted to capitalize on the popularity of Fusion cuisine by throwing together any combination of food type and flavor. The result was food that had no distinct identity. While diners could easily tell what inspired the Fusion food on their plates in the 1980s, in the 1990s, this was no longer the case.
Thanks to the rise of the Internet and the increase in the popularity of food and cooking shows, Fusion food is back and it’s better than ever. Are you feeling the itch to hop aboard the Fusion cuisine train? Then you’re in luck, because you can make your own!
At One Green Planet, we’ve curated a special collection that celebrates the love of combining American food with global flavors and we’ve called it American Fusion. Are you ready to get adventurous with your food? Then try these 10 recipes!
1. Simple Korean Kimchi BBQ Burgers
These Simple Korean Kimchi BBQ Burgers combine the signature sweetness of Korean BBQ sauce with a “beefy” veggie burger and spicy kimchi to create a dinner that’s unforgettable. The burgers are spicy, the sauce is smoky and sweet, and the spicy kimchi adds a little bit of crunch. You definitely need to pair these with a toasty burger bun and a side of spiced sweet potato fries.
This Buffalo Inside-Out Sushi is a fusion of Japanese and American flavors; fresh vegetables and spicy, crunchy Buffalo peanuts are wrapped in seasoned rice and then drizzled with a creamy sauce made from sunflower seeds. If you don’t have a bamboo rolling mat, then no worries! You can also serve this amazing meal as a rice bowl.
Do you always order miso soup to start off your sushi outings? If so, you should definitely try this Slow-Cooker Miso Lentil Soup. It’s a heartier version of what you’ll get in restaurants, but it includes the addition of delicious lentils. In addition to miso, this flavorful broth contains ginger, soy sauce, onion, and rice vinegar. Toss all the ingredients in a slow-cooker in the morning and check “make dinner” off your list for the day!
4. Banana Mochi Cake
This Banana Mochi Cake brings together standard American banana bread with mochi, a sweet rice cake made from glutinous rice flour that hails from Japan. When blended with a wheat based flour and baked into a cake or quick bread, the result is heavenly. This cake is slightly chewy, super moist, substantial, and just plain delicious. We’ll take ours with coffee!
5. Bánh Mì Chay Dog
Ever had a killer Banh Mi? Did you love it? Great, you will love these Banh Mi Chay Dogs, too. If you have no idea what Banh Mi is, it’s actually the Vietnamese term for all kinds of bread. So, a Banh Mi is a Vietnamese street food sandwich consisting of the bread, which is traditionally a Vietnamese-French baguette served with pickled daikon and carrot, spicy mayo, cilantro, and protein. Not only does this version veganize the Banh Mi, it also combines it with a favorite at American ballparks: the hot dog. Yum!
6. Thai Spring Pea Soup
If burgers and comfort food aren’t your thing, or if you’re looking for something that’s light and refreshing for spring, but still unique, then drop everything you’re doing and try this Thai Spring Peas Soup. Seriously. This soup is thick, creamy with a little kick from fresh lemongrass and yellow curry. Not to mention, it has a beautiful green color that’ll stand out on any table. This is a simple standby recipe you can easily add into your spring menu.
Beet burgers are all the rage right now, and these beautiful Protein-Packed Mediterranean Beet Sliders are inspired by vibrant coastal flavors. Chickpeas, eggplant, and tahini join with beets and quinoa to make a fusion burger that’s absolutely out of this world! Plus, they’re absolutely stuffed full of protein (thanks, chickpeas and quinoa!) and baked. These are burgers that will lift you right up and keep you going all day! And did we mention that you can make five of these amazing beet patties for under $5.00? You heard it here first, folks! Life is pretty beautiful.
8. Mexican Pizza
Plain vegan cheese pizza is all good, but try something new (and delicious) with this Mexican Pizza. They’re a combination of everything you would put in a taco, only on a thin and crispy crust. Starting with the tomato salsa pizza base, this pizza tastes like a dream. Charred corn, endless avocado, gooey vegan cheese, and fresh coriander … could it get any better?
The secret ingredient in these Smoky Falafel Burgers is smoked paprika and chili powder! Just a pinch of each adds a ton of smoky, slightly spicy flavor. These healthy falafel-inspired burgers are so easy to make and can be served any way you like — inside a pita, on traditional slider buns, or even on a bed of greens.
10. Grilled Jerk Tofu With Pineapple Salsa
This quick and easy dish is full of not-your-every-day flavors. The pineapple salsa is sticky and sweet, with crisp bell peppers mixed in. The tofu is spicy and crispy from the grill. It’s the perfect meal to serve at a cookout! Serve this Grilled Jerk Tofu With Pineapple Salsa with a side of sliced cucumbers for a cooling effect, or with rice and lettuce for a heartier meal.
Which one of these tasty American Fusion recipes is calling your name? Tell us in the comments!
Lead image source: #5under5: Protein-Packed Mediterranean Beet Sliders