We've all heard about if you ask a Frenchman about "French Toast" or a Brit about "English Muffins" you get a blank stare. Seems, based on a recent thread elsewhere, there are probably a number of dishes that have either no basis in history, or that folks don't know the real history about. We have all heard how pommes frites or at least souffle potatoes came about from the chef to a French king, but iIsuspect many others have "iffy" routes and explanations.
A few that come to mind:
General Tso's Chicken
Apple Brown Betty
Waldorf Salad (that one might be true..but I bet others made something like it)
"Anything" Florentine (did they not grow spinach anywhere else?)
I wonder how some of these names got started, and how many other "bogus" ones have made it into culinary history?
So, chowies, you have 2 assignments:
1. Another "named dishes" that might not have any relevancy to history or might even have a good story, but little fact
2. Delineating the history to said "named dishes", ....fantasy is as good as fact. Actually documented named dishes get extra credit!
Time's up! Let's see how our contestants did!
(and to all of you........Happy Holidays! I mean this in fun and the spirit of the holidays)