What is New England Cuisine

NEW ENGLAND COAST - New England's region of the United States has such a rich culinary history is defined by its coastal and pastoral landscapes and makes for some very hearty cuisine.

Photo: New England Lobster Feast

 

Exploring The New England Coast Cusine

Seafood is perhaps the most noticeable component of New England cuisine. Every state in this region, except for Vermont, has a coastline along the Atlantic Ocean. The region is full of fish and shellfish that are either stewed, baked, grilled, broiled, or fried into a wide range of unique dishes. This includes Halibut, Salmon, Clam chowder, Steamers, Fried clams, Mussels, Scallops, Clam bake, Cod, and Haddock, to name a few New England Sea Food Dishes.

But, along with the region's bountiful coastline is also an abundance of New England Farmland. The farm region is well known for its dairy products. Its cheese-making and its keeping to time-honored European traditions. Vermont, in particular, is known for its outstanding cheeses and world-class cheddar cheesemakers.

When it comes to fresh fruit, cranberries are New England's crop of choice. There are countless ways to utilize these little tart berries, with some of the most popular being cranberry bread, cranberry jelly, and of course, cranberry cocktail.

Apples, blueberries, strawberries, and rhubarb are baked into pies, tarts, and crisps in many New England kitchens.

Other tasty food staples native to New England states are:

  • Quahog (Rhode Island)
  • Maple Syrup (Vermont)
  • Boston baked beans and Boston creme pie (Massachusetts)
  • Potatoes (Northern Maine)
  • Corn chowder (New Hampshire)
  • Hamburgers (reportedly invented in New Haven, Connecticut)

The delicious, wholesome cuisine of New England evolved from our nation's settlers and therefore retained an air of simplicity. Nevertheless, it helps pick up a good New England cookbook to master the techniques to extract every recipe's most full flavor and potential.

The delicious, wholesome cuisine of New England evolved from our nation's settlers and therefore retained an air of simplicity. Nevertheless, it helps pick up a good New England cookbook to master the techniques to extract every recipe's most full flavor and potential.