The USA has given us so much delicious food - from cheeseburgers to cupcakes. Dish up a slice of American pie, cake or meatloaf at home with one of our recipes for the best American blow-out food.
The USA has given us so much delicious grub – from cheeseburgers to cupcakes. Dish up a slice of American pie, cake or meatloaf at home with one of our recipes for the best American blow-out food.
Americans know how to make an indulgent dish! These recipes definitely aren’t for every day, but if you’re going to make a burger or cupcake do it right and have the extra cheese, bacon and sprinkles at the ready!
From burger pancakes to Sloppy Joes, this is the ultimate American blow out food.
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If you’re looking for a true American classic, burgers are certainly one to pick! These mouth-watering slider burgers are packed with steak, cheese, onion, lettuce and sandwiched between two warm buns. Mmmm…
America, we thank you for introducing us to red velvet cake. This moist chocolate sponge is coloured red with food colouring or beetroot and topped with lots and lots of creamy frosting. Also – why have a 2-layered cake when you can have 3?
On first glance this looks like a big juicy burger topped with lettuce and cheese. But look closer because it’s actually a stack of pancakes with two chocolate chip cookies in the middle – evil genius, and a mash-up of two American classics!
We love a big stack of fluffy waffles, and they’re a real breakfast institution in the States. To serve the family all at the same time, put the oven on its lowest setting and keep the waffles warm on a baking tray while you prepare the rest. Top with crispy bacon and maple syrup.
Get the recipe: Bacon waffles
Pecan pie is a must on the dessert table (yes, more than one dessert!) at Thanksgiving. When you add chocolate into the mix, things get even more delicious. This pecan and choc tart is made with ready-made pastry, dark chocolate and maple syrup to boot.
The Sloppy Joe is an American speciality. Instead of forming ground beef into burger patties, the meat is fried in a sweet sauce instead and then piled into a burger bun. For the full classic diner experience, serve it with fries and a pickle on the side.
Get the recipe: Sloppy Joes
We’re a bit obsessed with pulled pork. You see it everywhere now, but did you know that pulled pork originates from the Southern USA where every state has their own way of serving it. We like it in a bun, with a big portion of wedges and some coleslaw on the side.
These chilli dogs are perfect for BBQs or for watching the sport on TV with a cold beer. Some chilli dogs in the US come with chilli con carne on top of the sausage – ours are a little more modest and top the dogs with fried red onion and peppers instead.
Get the recipe: Chilli dogs
We couldn’t leave out that diner favourite – classic American pancakes. They’re fatter and fluffier than British pancakes and traditionally served in a big stack. Try them with berry compote and whipped cream. Yes, cream for breakfast – it’s a thing.
Get the recipe: American pancakes
How do you make mac ‘n’ cheese even more indulgent? Add chunks of sweet, meaty crayfish and spicy pork into the mix and finish with a gratin topping. This recipe comes from the Hairy Bikers’ tour of Mississippi.
Get the recipe: Crayfish macaroni cheese
Brits have crumble, Americans have cobbler. Instead of a loose, crumbly topping a cobbler has a thicker, almost scone- or biscuit-like topping which crisps up nicely in the oven. Peach cobbler, packed with the ripe fruits is a summer favourite in the South.
Get the recipe: Peach cobbler
Look at the amount of filling in this blueberry pie! American pies are usually deep-dish and filled with lots of yummy stuff, like apple of course or ripe, tangy blueberries. Serve with a big fat dollop of whipped cream.
New York cheesecake is baked instead of chilled and the result is a deliciously creamy bake with a firm texture. This version which James Martin devised after his travels in the US is topped with fresh berries and loads of maple syrup.
We love peanut butter, we love brownies so we’re totally on board with combining these two American classics into one naughty bake. Serve them with a scoop of vanilla ice cream to complete the indulgence.
Get the recipe: Peanut butter swirl brownies
Forget mulled wine, at Christmas-time in the States it’s all about the rich and creamy eggnog made with cream or milk, eggs, sugar, nutmeg and usually some booze! For a bake with a difference why not make this traditional American pound cake laced with eggnog and with a whipping cream glaze – wow!
Get the recipe: Spiced eggnog pound cake
Why have a little bit of meat at dinner when you can dish up a whole loaf? And why put one kind of meat in it when you can have three – sausage, beef and minced pork! God bless America.
A cola float is pretty naughty stuff as it is – fizzy pop with ice cream floating in it. So what if you turned the idea into a cupcake? We did, they’re topped with real ice cream…and they’re blimmin’ delicious!
Get the recipe
Cola float cupcakes
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