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Jamie has been touring the United States to immerse himself in the incredible food of this huge nation.

We’ve put together a Top 10 of American recipes to help inspire you.

10. Rich Grits. The Southern states of the US go bonkers for grits, a silky, cornmeal, similar to polenta. It’s real soul food and has the luxury of prawns in this version, as well as sausagemeat.

9. Like the Brits, the Americans love a naughty baked pud. The Brits have a crumble and the Americans go for a Peach Cobbler. Instead of a crumble on top the Americans go for a cobbler topping, somewhere between a scone and a dumpling. Super-comforting served with an ice-cream.

8. Cajun food is exceptional; from Louisiana and taking its influences from French, Spanish and Native American food. It is characteristically peppery and rustic often with rice. This recipe for Rice Barbecue Turkey Burrito is beautiful.

7. Staying south, Jamie has developed a beautiful cornbread recipe, this one is baked with cheese, chillies and caramelized onions. It’s the perfect accompaniment for any southern-style main course.

6. Growing up and digesting so much American television, I could have sworn the only things Americans ate at home was meatloaf! If true, I can see why, but Jamie has given this the Oliver twist and made his pork meatloaf with a spaghetti sauce.

5. Heading way up north now to New York, New York, with its vibrant sandwich culture. The Reuben is a classic grilled sandwich, but here is a Jamie version Reuben-ish sarnie with the classic addition of pastrami. How ‘Noo Yoik’ is that?

4. Let’s book into a fancy hotel and stay on in the Big Apple for the next choice – cheesecake. The Americans bake theirs which gives it an even more sour tang from the cream cheese topping and Jamie’s version has the blueberry to give it even more authenticity.

3. Even more American than apple pie in my mind is the burger in a bun. Easy and delicious with toppings galore to suit your mood from cheese to onion rings. You can even make miniature ones called sliders as well, Jamie shows you how.

2. Ask anyone what the ultimate American breakfast is and they will probably say pancakes. Jamie’s breakfast pancake recipe couldn’t be easier and is sure to kick start your day the US way. Add bacon, maple syrup or blueberries to make it even better.

1. To my mind the ultimate American dish and the most perfect comfort food and hangover cure is Macaroni cheese. Jamie’s killer mac’n’cheese is full of oozy cheese yumminess and sure to make those January blues disappear.

Keep your eyes open during January for loads more US-inspired content on our site from around our blogosphere. Yeeehaaa!


59 Easy 4th of July Recipes Your Family Will Devour

Forget the fireworks: These all-American food ideas will steal the show at your backyard cookout.

This Independence Day, cook up a spread of star-spangled 4th of July recipes worthy of America's birthday. From traditional 4th of July foods (we&rsquore talking about you, coleslaw and potato salad) to modern, creative finger foods, we've rounded up mouthwatering recipes to help you celebrate the summer holiday in the most delicious way possible. Fire up the grill and make some of the best all-American entrees, keeping it classic with fried chicken, smoky meats, and burgers of all kinds &mdash or even trying some zesty seafood recipes that taste like you&rsquore eating beachside. You'll of course have to pair it with some delicious 4th of July apps, refreshing summer salads, or the best desserts to cap off a backyard barbecue. And don't forget the drink recipes to pair with all your cookout fare &mdash it is the American way, after all.

And the fun doesn&rsquot have to stop at your 4th of July menu: embrace your patriotic pride with some red-white-and-blue decorations or some creative crafts (we&rsquoll be playing American Flag Corn Hole all summer long). The best way to celebrate living in the land of the free is with some old-fashioned summer fun, so go ahead and don your best blue garb, make some room on your plate, and raise a glass to 244 more years.


Finger foods

A twist on classic pigs in a blanket, these beer-boiled bratwursts are wrapped snugly in puff pastry and paired with a creamy beer cheese dipping sauce. One bite and you’ll never go back to eating the traditional version again.

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Buttery, creamy and cheesy — with bacon on top! — these potato bites are the perfect union of flavor and texture. Adding crushed potato chips and fresh chives to garnish takes this dish to the next level.

Briny capers and fresh dill are the perfect complement to rich and creamy egg yolks. Deviled eggs are timeless party starters that will never go out of style.

These meatballs have layers upon layers of flavor … literally. The onion shells help keep the meatballs moist and add both flavor and texture. You may need some extra napkins with all that juicy goodness (or just serve with toothpicks for easy eating).

Get a gorgeous dip on the table with Samah Dada’s recipe. Smooth, creamy and flavorful, this can be an easy finger food for the Fourth served with a variety of sides, from pita chips to flatbread to crunchy and colorful veggies.

Stuffed with creamy avocado, chopped egg, tomatoes and crisp lettuce, these bite-sized bacon cups are the perfect way to enjoy a classic Cobb salad.

Light, crunchy and oozing with cheesy mashed potatoes, this easy-to-make finger food for up to 12 people will be the fastest food in your spread to go.

Al is a certified master of the grill and his veggies skewers are so delicious and easy to make, they might just become your favorite go-to summer side.

Crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, fried green tomatoes are a quintessential summer staple. We recommend pairing these delicious bites with fresh homemade ranch dressing.

These tuna tacos blend traditional Mexican and Italian flavors into tasty little bites that are perfect for entertaining.


60+ Best Fourth of July Recipes to Celebrate Independence Day

July 4th is almost upon us! The summer holiday is synonymous with grilling out, watching fireworks and decorating your 4th of July party with plenty of red, white, and blue! From the basics (corn on the cob, coleslaw, and pasta salad) to more out-of-the-box dishes that still feel ultra all-American, we've rounded up some of the best dishes that your celebrations can&rsquot do without.

Is it even a cookout if there aren't burgers on the grill? This spicy version will cause fireworks of its own.

Maybe George Washington chopped down that cherry tree because he was trying to get enough fruit to make this delicious salad. That's how we like to think of it, anyway.

Cooking for folks that are avoiding red meat? This Buffalo-sauce-flavored burger is a beef-free crowd-pleaser.

The jalapeño-infused liquor gives this margarita just enough warmth to keep guests sipping, while the watermelon keeps it refreshing.

Serve this sweet fruit salad, and you'll be taking home an empty bowl.

The best part of this green salad&mdashbesides the flavorful crunch&mdashis that it absolutely won't wilt. You'll be making it all summer.

Give your standard potato salad a serious upgrade with everyone's favorite BLT flavors.

Corn salad is so good, it shouldn't be this easy to make. This recipe takes just 15 minutes.

This is not grandma's pasta salad. But maybe it should have been!

Top your dog with one of three flavor-packed fixin's: tangy horseradish, spicy chiles, or zesty pickle and onions.


America's Top Ten 4th of July Foods Revealed: Best Recipes to Celebrate Independence Day

Independence Day, July 4, is so close we can taste the juicy BBQ food already. People in the U.S. often pair their love of food with federal holidays, spending a lot of money to celebrate holidays via their stomach.

According to the graphic below, provided by Statista, consumer spending on Fourth of July cookouts and picnics in 2018 was approximately $6.9 billion, and $6.8 billion is expected to be spent in 2019.

But what is the nation's favorite food for the holiday? According to data provided to Newsweek by food delivery service, DoorDash, Americans like to keep things classic with a cheeseburger, with almost one third ordering the dish on July 4, 2018. Cheeseburgers and french fries made up 58 percent of the top items ordered nationwide. Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest inspires people across the country to eat hot dogs, coming out as the fourth most popular order on the day.

San Franciscans seem to bypass tradition and order foods such as garlic naan, burritos, tikka masala and pad thai. Washington, D.C. is all about doing it yourself for the Fourth of July, as its most popular order last year was "craft your own pizza."

Here are the top ten foods Americans love on the Fourth of July, with some Insta-worthy recipes if you want try making them at home.

1: Cheeseburger

A favorite across the U.S., cheeseburgers don't have to be boring. Try this recipe by Burger Lab: the Triple Decker Cheeseburger.

2: Bacon Cheeseburger

Try this twist on the bacon cheeseburger for July 4.

3: French Fries

Go all out on these french fries, the third favorite July 4 food.

Make some New York hot dogs courtesy of Jamie Oliver.

5: Onion Rings

Make some beer-battered onion rings for the Fourth of July with this Martha Stewart tutorial. The question remains: do you use white or yellow onions?

6: Boneless Wings

Americans favor these over traditional wings, according to DoorDash. Less to waste we imagine.

7: Soft Drink

We all love ordering a drink with our meals but try this DIY version of Wendy's Frosty to keep you cool during the Fourth of July.

8: Traditional Wings

If you're having a BBQ for Independence Day, then try this recipe especially if you prefer these over boneless wings.

9: Garlic Naan

The ninth most popular food ordered on Independence Day is originally from Asia. We're not sure what people eat with it though as the traditional curry main dish didn't make the top ten.

10: Tortilla Chips

Great as a side dish or snack, pair this with a salsa.


41 Delicious 4th of July Dessert Recipes That'll Outshine the Fireworks Show

These sweet red, white and blue treats are so easy to make!

For those who celebrate the holiday, the 4th of July usually means food, family, and fun. It also often means 4th of July desserts, aka sugary-sweet combinations of red, white, and blue foods. Even if you're not celebrating by making some 4th of July crafts, watching fireworks, and or participating in another popular 4th of July activity, it's hard to argue with a delicious dessert and a day spent enjoying warm summer weather with loved ones.

Plus, making a fun and festive 4th of July menu can be done no matter who you're celebrating the day with. Having a virtual party? There are treats that can be made for the masses and sent to their respective homes ahead of time. Spending the holiday with only your closest friends? These festive recipes are perfect for those smaller groups, too. Even if you are planning to spend the day solo, Independence Day is the perfect excuse to get a little creative in the kitchen all on your own.

After all, while choosing from all the recipes in the world is overwhelming, choosing from a specific set of red, white, and blue-themed recipes seems a little more manageable &mdash and like a fun challenge, too.


25+ 4th of July Cake Recipes to Complete Your Holiday Barbecue

Show your patriotic pride with a bright, delicious dessert!

There&rsquos only one thing that rivals fireworks come 4th of July, and that's 4th of July desserts. Thanks to colorful icings, fruits, sprinkles, and more, festive sweets are some of the easiest (and yummiest) holiday foods to get the red, white, and blue treatment. We rounded up some of the best 4th of July cake and cupcake recipes that will make every mouth water and satisfy every sweet tooth.

Keep it classic and simple with this made-from-scratch cupcake recipe&mdashtop your treats with mini American flags!

Go beyond flour-based cakes. This no-bake berry-topped confection can be topped exclusively with red strawberries and blueberries for a patriotic theme that is as easy as it is delicious.


35 Perfect 4th of July Desserts to Celebrate in the Sweetest Possible Way

Ring in the nation's birthday with these festive desserts for July 4th.

Easily turn your backyard barbecue into a star-spangled occasion thanks to these delicious, Instagram-worthy 4th of July desserts, including cakes, 4th of July cupcakes, popsicles and other homemade treats. Since the hot summer temps are already in full swing, there are even a few no-bake summer dessert options on our list! We've also included a few fully red, white and blue picks too if you really went to get in the spirit of America's birthday, and don't forget the 4th of July drinks (which, in some cases, also feel like dessert).

Think of this frozen dessert like the soft-serve version of your favorite ice cream cake, with added tang from crème fraîche and crunch from the pecan crumble. Yum.

Some strategically placed blueberries and strawberries elevate your standard cupcakes into festive and easy to recreate last minute treat.

Grill store-bought glazed donuts on medium-high until lightly charred, about 1 minute per side. Serve with dipping sauces:

Using electric mixer, beat 1/4 cup mascarpone cheese with 6 oz raspberries until fully incorporated. Gradually add 1/2 cup cold heavy cream, then increase speed and beat until soft peaks form.

CHOCOLATE-HAZELNUT WHIPPED CREAM

Using electric mixer, beat 2 oz cream cheese and 1/3 cup chocolate-hazelnut spread until smooth. Gradually add 1/2 cup cold heavy cream, then increase speed and beat until soft peaks form. Swirl in additional chocolate-hazelnut spread if desired.


14 Patriotic AF Food and Drink Ideas for July 4th

While everyone else is doing watermelon jello shots or eating flag-shaped sheet cakes, you'll be one-upping them with these ideas.

While everyone else is doing watermelon jello shots or eating flag-shaped sheet cakes, you'll be one-upping them with these ideas.

Don't forget to pin these foods and drinks for a fun Fourth of July. Follow Redbook on Pinterest for more ideas!

This colorful popcorn snack is both salty and sweet, and the pop rock sprinkles will give your tastebuds their own fireworks show.

There's nothing more refreshing than relaxing on the back porch swing with this easy-to-make drink (just add your favorite white wine and fruit). Add a book and white picket fence for the full American experience.

Get the Recipe at The Wicked Noodle.

Combine your dessert and drink into one treat with these shot-filled marshmallows that taste best when toasted over a campfire.

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It wouldn't be a proper American holiday without apple pie. But instead of serving a warm dish on a hot day, try this iced drink &mdash your kids will love the treat sans booze, and you can add apple pie vodka for the grown-up version.

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Your favorite icy treat is all grown up with this festive drink. You might want to make extra, sans liquor, so the kids don't get jealous.

Get the Recipe at Kirbie's Cravings.

When you can't resist the patriotic colors of the holiday, this fun drink is your best bet. You can line the rim with colored sugar, or, to make it even better, use pop rocks.

Get the Recipe at Tasty Trials.

Sure, blueberries taste great in muffins, pancakes, and fruity tarts, but blueberries in these fresh-out-of-the-fryer treats is hands down the best way to enjoy. After all, you gotta have something fried, right?

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Cold ice cream + fizzy soda + a dollop of whipped cream = the All-American drink. Add a cherry, sprinkles, and your straw to bring back the classic in a big way.

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If you thought the fried favorite couldn't get any better, think again: stuffing it with cheese and an egg roll takes it to a tangy, crunchy, and ooey-gooey level that we can't get enough of.

Get the Recipe at Host the Toast.

You only need a few ingredients to master this state fair-favorite. Making it bite-sized means it's easier to eat, plus mini versions of food just taste better. Obviously.

Get the Recipe at Plain Chicken.

If you love your Blue Moon served with an orange wedge (as you should), this zesty pop is going to take that love to a whole new, totally transportable level.

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What's better than pie on a stick? (OK, everything on a stick is amazing.) Instead of cake pops, whip up these cute desserts that hardly take any effort to make.

Get the recipe at Lady Behind the Curtain.

If you're feeling like a cocktail, this is the way to go. The festive layered drink uses grenadine, blue curaçao , and cream or vodka to create a delicious fruity mix.


  • 2 (8 ounce) packages Crystal Farms Original Cream Cheese, softened
  • 1 (16 ounce) jar chunky salsa
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
  • 8 ounces Hook’s Colby cheese, shredded (2 cups)
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onions
  • 3 (9 ounce) bagsblue corn tortilla chips, divided
  • 2 (8 ounce) blocks Cedar Grove Organic Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1 cup quartered grape tomatoes
  • 1 large sweet red bell pepper, chopped (1 cup)
  1. Beat the cream cheese, salsa, sour cream, colby and green onions in a large bowl until blended. Spread colby mixture in the bottom of a 13 x 9-inch baking dish.
  2. Measure 1 cup crushed tortilla chips set aside the remaining chips for serving. Arrange the crushed tortilla chips in a rectangle on top of colby mixture, about 5 x 4-inches.
  3. Cut 1 block (8 ounces) monterey jack in half into two blocks, each about 1/2-inch thick. Cut slices with a 1 1/2-inch star cookie cutter, using the handle of a small spoon to press and release cheese from cutter at star points. Place stars on chips.
  4. Shred 2 cups (8 ounces) from the remaining monterey jack.
  5. Combine tomatoes and red bell pepper in a medium bowl.
  6. For stripes, arrange tomato mixture and shredded monterey jack in alternating rows, each about 1-inch.
  7. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or until serving.
  8. Serve with the reserved tortilla chips.

Recipe and photo used with permission from: Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin

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The Ultimate 4th of July Menu for Your Backyard Barbecue

Use this lineup of delicious dishes to plan your Independence Day dinner.

If there&aposs one thing Fourth of July food is known for, it&aposs delicious, summer-centric dishes that celebrate the season&aposs finest fresh produce and BBQ fare. But for those that will be hosting the party this year, the planning process will look a bit different. Your guest list may be smaller to allow for proper social distancing, and yes, it&aposs perfectly fine to ask those who do make the cut to bring a face mask. You may also choose to pre-portion out your glazed chicken thighs, cauliflower steaks, and steak and potato skewers before guests arrive to avoid sharing the same serving dishes maybe you&aposll serve canned wine or cocktails instead of all dipping into one big punch bowl or pouring from a shared bottle of rosé.

No sweat—we&aposll still be (safely) celebrating.

Whether you&aposre catering to meat lovers or veggie enthusiasts, these menu ideas will wow whatever kind of crowd you&aposll be celebrating our nation&aposs independence with. And don&apost worry, we included an impressive array of Fourth of July desserts in here, too.