Peasant foods are dishes eaten by peasants, made from accessible and inexpensive ingredients.

Acquacotta, an Italian bread soup

In many historical periods, peasant foods have been stigmatized.[1]

They may use ingredients, such as offal and less-tender cuts of meat, which are not as marketable as a cash crop. One-dish meals are common.[citation needed]

Common types Edit

Meat-and-grain sausages or mushes Edit


Ground meat or meat scraps mixed with grain in approximately equal proportions, then often formed into a loaf, sliced, and fried

Pasta Edit

Sauces Edit

Fried cauliflower with agliata sauce

Soups and stews Edit

List of peasant foods Edit

Bowl of hominy, a form of treated corn
Pot-au-feu, the basic French stew, a dish popular with both the poor and the rich alike
  • Baked beans, the simple stewed bean dish
  • Barbacoa, a form of slow cooking, often of an animal head, a predecessor to barbecue
  • Bulgur wheat, with vegetables or meat[7]
  • Broken rice, which is often cheaper than whole grains and cooks more quickly.
  • Bubble and squeak, a simple British dish, cooked and fried with potatoes and cabbage mixed together.
  • Finger millet balls made from ragi flour which is boiled with water and balls are formed and eaten with vegetable gravy.
  • Greens, such as dandelion and collard.[7]
  • Head cheese, made from boiling down the cleaned-out head of an animal to make broth, still made
  • Hominy, a form of corn specially prepared to be more nutritious
  • Horsebread, a low-cost European bread that was a recourse of the poor
  • Katemeshi, a Japanese peasant food consisting of rice, barley, millet and chopped daikon radish[8]
  • Lampredotto, Florentine dish or sandwich made from a cow's fourth stomach
  • Polenta, a porridge made with the corn left to Italian farmers so that land holders could sell all the wheat crops, still a popular food
  • Pumpernickel, a traditional dark rye bread of Germany, made with a long, slow (16–24 hours) steam-baking process, and a sour culture
  • Ratatouille, the stewed vegetable dish
  • Red beans and rice, the Louisiana Creole dish made with red beans, vegetables, spices, and leftover pork bones slowly cooked together, and served over rice, common on Mondays when working women were hand-washing clothes
  • Salami, a long-lasting sausage, used to supplement a meat-deficient diet
  • Soul food, developed by African-American slaves and servants, primarily using ingredients undesired and given away by their employers or slaveholders.
  • Succotash, a blend of corn and beans
  • Taco, foods placed on native tortillas in the Americas

See also Edit

References Edit

  1. ^ Albala, Ken (2002). Eating Right in the Renaissance. University of California Press. p. 190. ISBN 0520927281.
  2. ^ "Strascinati con mollica e peperoni cruschi". Retrieved 19 September 2020.
  3. ^ "Pasta mollicata – bucatini with anchovies and breadcrumbs". Retrieved 19 September 2020.
  4. ^ Viaggio in Toscana. Alla scoperta dei prodotti tipici. Ediz. inglese. Progetti educativi. Giunti Editore. 2001. p. 41. ISBN 978-88-09-02453-3.
  5. ^ Capatti, A.; Montanari, M.; O'Healy, A. (2003). Italian Cuisine: A Cultural History. Arts and Traditions of the Table: Perspe (in Italian). Columbia University Press. p. 36. ISBN 978-0-231-50904-6.
  6. ^ Daly, Gavin (2013). The British Soldier in the Peninsular War: Encounters with Spain and Portugal, 1808-1814. Palgrave Macmillan. p. 100. ISBN 978-1137323835.
  7. ^ a b Ciezadlo, Annia (2012). Day of Honey: A Memoir of Food, Love, and War. Simon and Schuster. p. 217. ISBN 978-1416583943.
  8. ^ Cwiertka, K.J. (2006). Modern Japanese Cuisine: Food, Power and National Identity. University of Chicago Press. p. 229. ISBN 978-1-86189-298-0. Retrieved June 16, 2017.

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