10. English Muffin

Not only was the Eggs Benedict invented in New York, the essential ingredient that holds the dish together was also invented in the city: English muffins. In 1874, an Englishman named Samuel Thomas moved from Plyouth, England to New York City. He soon opened a bakery, inventing a thinner, smaller version of English-crumpets. The bread was also pre-cut down the center and had to be pulled apart, which allowed for a rougher toasting surface than slicing would have permitted.

He first called the snack toaster-crumpets, selling them to local grocery stores and hotels. They quickly grew in popularity and today, English muffins are an integral ingredient in many classic dishes.

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