The All-American Pantry

10 true tastes of our great nation

When most people think of American foods, plenty of things pop to mind: hamburger, hot dogs, ice cream—but lard, cod, maple syrup and rum deserve a salute as well.

Food historian and author Dave DeWitt rounded up 10 pantry and bar essentials for us that have truly earned their place on the American table, and we dug in to serve them alongside a heaping helping of history.

Here's how to fill your plate like a patriot.