Five American recipes y'all love
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It's July 4th, American Independence day. A day of celebration in the US (and a national holiday) marking the point when Americans declared themselves separate from British Empire. Or for some, a day of praise for Will Smith and his alien fighting heroics.
Either way, we Brits in the GMT time zone always love a party, especially when it comes to the food. So we've pulled together five of our favourite american dishes you can prepare at home.
P.S: We can't be held responsible for some of the calories in these meals, but they do taste amazing!
1. Chilli Cheese Dawgs
We shunned the expected All-American Burger and opted for its close relative the chilli cheese dog, a blend of sizzling sausage, hot-as-you-like-it chilli and of course, lashings of cheese and sauce.
High on the calorie meter, messy, but absolutely mouth-watering. While you're at it, check out the rest of DJ BBQ's youtube videos. He's the man of the moment when it comes to rustling up good American grub.
2. Beer Can Chicken
Really simple to do, and a staple of every American BBQ, it's the much loved Beer-Can Chicken. Basically you're replacing traditional sage and onion stuffing with a can of Lager, giving the chicken's skin a crackling like quality.
It might sound odd, but hey, if our friends in the US think it's the centrepeice of a BBQ, who are we to argue. Recipe on the link. We've also got a host of other secrets on our top five tips to become a BBQ master post.
3. BBQ Baked Beans
BBQ Baked Beans made with soft sweet potatoes. WOW!
This DELICIOUS recipe could be used as a wintery comfort food main (and meat-free so great for vegetarians), or as the epic side to the big family BBQ. If you do want to make it as a side, it's probably best to remove those huge croutons to help bring down the fill-you-up factor.
4. Blueberry Pancakes
This fantastic Blueberry Buttermilk Pancake recipe from American superstar Martha Stewart is amazing, good to re-heat in the toaster, and easy to make in your own way. Try replacing the blueberries and syrup with bananas and chocolate for example.
If you want the whole USA diner experience, why not serve them with crispy bacon or pigs in blankets? Maybe one step too far, but who are we to judge, YUM!
5. Key Lime Pie
Americans are often stereotyped as having 'heavy' food, but this beautiful key lime pie is light, refreshing and incredibly zesty. Lime, cream and as MasterChef's Gregg Wallace puts it, a buttery biscuit base.
And if you just fancy gorging on American sweet treats...
If you want the taste of America to satisfy your sweet tooth, and don't want to be stuck in the kitchen, the US chocolate bar is now firmly planted in our top supermarkets.
Just head over to the world foods aisle of your local Tesco or Asda and you'll find the likes of Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, Butterfingers, Fluff and a host of other candy.
And if you get down to your nearest Aldi right now, as part of the 4th July campaign they've got all these treats plus a host of other US foods for the lowest prices around.