In the USA they celebrate their Independence Day with BBQs, picnics and parades. It is a time for celebrating summer, the holidays and their country. Why not make it an excuse for a get together with your friends and family and make these All-American dishes and dress-up in red, white and blue.
Grilled Pork Tenderloin With Corn on the Cob – This is a simple recipe but it requires preparation to marinate the pork for upto 6 hours before cooking. A great party pleaser.
Bobby Flay’s Throwdown Sloppy Joes – Bobby Flay is a celebrity chef in the USA and if you are going to make a Sloppy Joe, why not make one from someone who knows how to cook. There are a lot of ingredients to this one but that is because Bobby makes the BBQ sauce from scratch. A Sloppy Joe is a kind of sloppy hamburger and is an American tradition.
Peach Cobbler – What’s a BBQ without a Peach Cobbler for dessert? Martha Stewart has an easy recipe for this All-American dessert.
Pickled Potato Salad – Potato Salad will be at every 4th July BBQ but this version by celebrity chef Rachael Ray has a little tangy twist. If you can’t find a Russet potato, try a Red potato instead.
Red, White and Blue Strawberry Shortcake – This is so easy to make (as they just use a packet cake but you could make your own) and its all in the decoration and the results look spectacular. Add some sparklers and you’ll have a real crowd pleaser. Add strawberries and cream through the middle of the cake to add more texture.
BBQ Chicken Wings – A great ‘messy’ finger food that the even the kids will love. Using chicken wings is also a great way to cut costs and stick to your budget. They do take 1hr to cook so keep that in mind when planning but prep time is minimum.
Hot Dogs – What 4th of July BBQ is complete without hot dogs? Now, you can keep it simple with a hot dog, bun, ketchup and American mustard or you can get creative. Check out these 13 interesting ways to turn the humble hot dog into something gourmet. My favourite is the Guacamole Dog – what is yours?
Slow Cooked Barbecued Pork Sandwiches – This is a great slow cooked recipe. Put it on first thing in the morning so it will be ready when your guests arrive in the late afternoon. Use a pork shoulder and serve on rolls with a coleslaw. Great when you are not having a sit down BBQ.
Crunchy Coleslaw with Creamy Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing – Coleslaw is a must for any true American BBQ. This version, from the Oprah Magazine website by Cristina Ferrare, is sure to surprise with its lemon poppy seed dressing.
Grilled Chicken with Roasted Garlic-Oregano Vinaigrette and Grilled Fingerling Potatoes – Another Bobby Flay recipe. This one is super easy and a must for a BBQ. Also, nice and healthy and simple enough to cook for a week night dinner. If you can’t find a Fingerling potato, try a Kipfler instead.
Red, White & Blue Delight – This is a berry 3 layered dessert that is sure to impress. It used store bought ice-cream and sorbet so its pretty simple and the results will tempt all your guests.
Oven Baked Beans – Here is a super easy recipe. Just add all the ingredients into a pot and slow cook. A great side to any BBQ. (FYI: 1 pound = approx. 0.450kg).
BBQ Ribs – No 4th July BBQ would be complete without ribs. This is a great recipe that includes a recipe for the marinade, the BBQ sauce and even a coleslaw from US chef Victor Pisapia.
Deep Chocolate Brownies – Nothing is more American than a brownie and this one is truly decedent. (FYI 8oz = approx. 225g). This sure to be a winner with your guests.
Raspberry Lemonade – What’s a BBQ without a lemonade. All you’ll need is raspberries, lemons sugar and water. You could even add sparking water to give it a bit more fizz.
Classic Mac Salad – Mac & Cheese is a US favourite and this side dish take on this classic could become your family’s favourite but not for anyone watching their weight.
Blue Cheese Burger – The Barefoot Contessa (Ina Graten) was one of my Mum’s favourite cooks so I’ve added this ‘adult’ version of a burger that Ina will be eating this 4th July. Ina uses a US brand of steak sauce but why not try HP Sauce instead.