97 Foods That Start With The Letter ‘B’
I’m moving through my list of challenges for foods that start with each letter, and having fun along the way! I hope that these foods, from the well-loved and familiar, to the not-so-well-known, and international recipes inspire you to try some great new foods!
My list includes fruits and vegetables, spices, appetizers, bread, sweets, and desserts, as well as entrees. All 95 of these food items beginning with the letter B are listed in alphabetical order for your convenience!
Don’t miss our complete lists of foods that start with the letter A-Z!
1. Baba Au Rhum
Baba Au Rhum, also called rum baba, is a small yeast cake that has been soaked in rum liquor-based syrup. The rum baba can be served with a pastry cream filling, or whipped cream, and is usually individual serving-sized although it can be baked in bundt cake sizes.
Babaco, or Mountain Papaya, chamber, or champagne fruit, is a smooth-skinned seedless tropical fruit that originated in central southern Ecuador. The babaco is a naturally occurring hybrid that has flavors of its base fruit papaya, as well as kiwi and pineapple.
3. Baba Ghanoush
Baba Ghanoush, also called baba ganoush or baba ghanouj, is an appetizer made using roasted eggplant, tahini, olive oil, lemon, and spices. I absolutely love using pita chips to dip into this tasty appetizer dip!
Babka is a dense cake made with yeast dough and commonly seen braided like bread but is also described as a coffee cake. Babka originated in Poland and the Ukraine within the Jewish community.
Babka is rolled out and then has a filling spread over the dough before rolling up, braiding, and baking. Some babka is seen with a streusel topping.
Commonly used fillings include chocolate, cinnamon, fruit, and sweet cheese. Many other flavors are now baked into babka including your favorite holiday flavors like pumpkin and cranberry, as well as savory fillings.
Bacon is a salt-cured pork product typically made from the pork belly and widely popular in the US. Cooked bacon is used on salads, twice-baked potatoes, as a breakfast side dish, and in a variety of other ways to flavor dishes.
Bagels, or beigels, are a ring-shaped bread that originated in Poland’s Jewish community. Bagels were traditionally hand-shaped, then boiled before baking.
Many enjoy bagels for breakfast, either simply buttered or topped with cream cheese spread. Bagel breakfast sandwiches are also pure chewy perfection!
Baguettes, also called French stick, is a long loaf of French bread. The bread is baked free form and can be of many different lengths and is the perfect base of the Italian appetizer, bruschetta, included in our list of foods starting with the letter B below.
8. Baked Alaska
Baked Alaska, also called Glace au four, omelet norvégienne ( Norwegian omelette ), omelette surprise, or omelette sibérienne, is an amazing dessert that consists of layers of cake and ice cream that are covered with toasted meringue.
9. Baked Beans
Baked beans are a traditional summertime food that is perfect for serving during the barbecue, picnic, and grilling season! The origin of baked beans dates back to Native American cooking when the beans were sweetened with maple syrup.
10. Baked Ziti
Baked Ziti, or Ziti al Forno, is a classic Italian dish that includes ziti pasta, a tomato sauce, and cheese. Other ingredients may include ground meat, sausage, peppers, mushrooms, onions, or whatever there is on hand. The recipe, even in Italy, varies greatly depending on who is making it. You could also add Baked Rigatoni, Baked Spaghetti, and other pasta bakes to the foods that start with the letter B list!
Baklava is a Mediterranean dessert made of layers of filo dough and chopped nuts that are cut before baking. The baked baklava is then topped with syrup that is allowed to soak into this delicacy of a dessert.
Ballotine is a classic French entree of de-boned poultry ( chicken, duck, turkey, or other game birds ) that is stuffed and cooked. Sometimes wrapped in bacon, rolled ( like a roulade ), or trussed and then poached, braised, or roasted.
13. Balsamic Vinegar
Balsamic Vinegar is a dark and strongly flavored vinegar from Italy with many varieties available for purchase in your grocery aisle. The strong flavor is a wonderful addition to many types of meat, meals, sauces, marinades, and vinaigrettes.
Traditional balsamic vinegar has a long and rich history since the Middle Ages in Italy, and was made within families for private consumption. The vinegar was passed down within Italian families, and was valued so highly that it was frequently part of a dowry!
14. Banana Bread
Banana Bread is a popular quick bread baked without yeast and based on browned bananas for added sweetness and flavor. There are many flavor varieties with banana bread, different toppings, plus muffins that can also be made from the banana bread batter.
Bananas are the edible elongated fruit from a tropical fruit tree. Technically the bananas are a berry, but whatever you want to call them the delicious self-contained fruit is undoubtedly one of the most popular fruits worldwide!
16. Bananas Foster
Bananas Foster is a classic dessert recipe made with bananas that are cooked in sugar and butter. A liqueur is added and the bananas are flambéed then served with ice cream.
Bangers are the slang name for British sausages. The sausages earned the name from their tendency to burst while cooking, making a ‘bang’!
18. Banh Mi
Banh Mi is the Vietnamese word for bread, and is also the name of a popular sub style sandwich. The sandwich is also called a Vietnamese sandwich or Saigon sandwich.
Bannock is a quickbread and flatbread that originated in Scotland. Bannock was adopted by Native Americans, especially the Inuit of Canada and Alaska.
Baozi, also called bao or Chinese steamed buns, are buns that are made of a yeast dough and stuffed with various fillings. Most of the time the buns are steamed and served with sauces. Fillings can be sweet or savory, and some buns are fried or pan-fried.
Barmbrack is a traditional Irish bread. the name is frequently shortened to ‘brack’, but the fruitbread is also called Báirín Breac (speckled bread), Bawreen brack, and Boreen brack. This is a family favorite in our home!
25. Basmati Rice
27. Bavarian Cream
28. Bay Leaves
29. Bean Curd
33. Bechamel Sauce
36. Beef Stroganoff
37. Beef Wellington
39. Begun Bhaja
41. Bell Peppers
54. Black Cod
55. Black-eyed Peas
56. Black Pepper
59. Blood Orange
61. Blue Cheese
62. Blue Crab
64. Bok Choy
67. Boston Cream Pie
74. Brazil Nut
78. Bread Pudding
82. Broccoli Rabe
84. Brown Rice
87. Brussel Sprouts
89. Buffalo Sauce
95. Butter Beans
97. Butternut Squash
Is there anything that I am missing from this list of classic comfort foods, dinners, desserts, and international foods starting with the letter B? Leave a comment and let me know below!
Angela is an at home chef that developed a passion for all things cooking and baking at a young age in her Grandma’s kitchen. After many years in the food service industry, she now enjoys sharing all of her family favorite recipes and creating tasty dinner and amazing dessert recipes here at Bake It With Love!