More the Chew On: Small Bites From Around the Country

By ABC Sep 11, 2012

Here at The Chew we can’t get enough of our all-American classics.  So, today we’re discussing all things patriotic and foodie.

We asked our co-hosts what American classic they couldn’t live without.  Check out what they said

Clinton – Mac and Cheese (click here for recipes)

Michael – Bacon Cheeseburger (click here for recipes)

Mario – Meatball Sub (click here for more recipes)

Daphne – Smoked Salmon on a Bagel (click here for more recipes)

Carla – Hot Dog (Click here for more recipes)

There’s really nothing more American than tailgating food.  We took a look at the food prices of some of your favorite game day foods and it looks like you’re going to be paying more for your favorites this year.

Chicken wings are up 105% in price from last year, according to the USDA.  They were only .90 cents per pound last year and yesterday they were $1.85 per pound.

Like chicken wings, Nachos are up by about 20%.  Corn chips, beef, cheese and beans are all up in price.

The good news is that potatoes are down by about 18%.  Despite the current drought, potato crops continue to flourish.

Not all incarnations of classics are worthy of support though.  Sometimes these dishes go very wrong.  For instance, in Minnesota a casino cooked up the world’s largest bacon cheeseburger, which weighs in at 2,000 pounds.  It is more than ten feet in diameter.  It contains 60 pounds of bacon, 50 pounds of lettuce, 50 pounds of sliced onion, 40 pounds of pickles and 40 pounds of cheese.  Even though it was portioned out and served to patrons, it was soggy by the time they actually got to eat it.