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Best American Independence Day recipes

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Celebrate 4 July with our classic American dishes, from fall-apart bourbon ribs to potato tots, pecan tart to baked cheesecake


Looking for American recipes to celebrate American Independence Day? Treat your American friends to a US-style feast with our recipe ideas, from New York deli-style sandwiches to new England clam chowder…



  • Our recipes are inspired by classic American dishes

Hot dogs with mustard slaw

Possibly THE most famous American food. Make a quick homemade slaw with cabbage, pepper and celery and top frankfurters or sausages with it with a moreish snack.

Ultimate grilled reuben sandwich

This our ultimate version of a New York favourite. In just 10 minutes you can be enjoying that salty beef, tangy sauerkraut and melting cheese – perfect for a crowdpleasing lunch. Try our other sandwich recipes here...

Grilled Reuben Sandwich Recipe

Fall-apart bourbon ribs

Few things are more satisfying to eat than tender, sticky ribs. This recipe adds a bourbon kick to the sweet glaze, providing a real depth of flavour. It will go down a storm at your 4 July party.

Fall-apart bourbon ribs

Kale hush puppies with lemon aïoli

Hush puppies are little American savoury doughnuts in a polenta batter. A classic side dish for seafood, they are also great for parties. These vegetarian kale ones are perfect dunked into a zingy aioli dip. More vegetarian entertaining ideas here...

Kale Hush Puppies Recipe With Lemon Aïoli Recipe

New England clam chowder with oyster crackers

Chowder is an American classic dish, thick and creamy with the salty sweet flavours of bacon and clams. Oyster crackers are small, salted crackers added to the top of the soup, a bit like croutons.

New England Clam Chowder Recipe With Oyster Crackers

Mac 'n' cheese with bacon

How do you make mac 'n' cheese better? Add bacon of course!  This oozing cheesy pasta bake is also rich with Red Leicester and finished with a crunchy breadcrumb topping. Double up the recipe to feed a crowd. Check out our epic macaroni cheese recipes here...

Turkey meatball subs with quick wedges

Fill bread rolls with meatballs for an easy party snack. This easy sub recipe, made healthy with turkey mince is served with quick sweet potato wedges on the side.

Turkey Meatball Sub Recipe With Wedges

Hot and smoky beef chilli

Beef chilli is a classic American sharing dish to please a crowd. Made with chipotle chilli and fresh green chilli this is both warming and with a kick. Serve with guacamole and rice to feed a crowd.

Beef Chilli Recipe

Pickled onion rings

Onion rings are the best match for beer. This version comes from Quality Chop House and is drowned in homemade pickle, coated with beer batter, then deep-fried until crisp and golden.

The full works burger

We like our burgers piled sky-high with ‘the works’ – that means EVERYTHING including our secret sauce (made from four very simple ingredients), sweet and sour onions, emmental cheese, gherkins, frilly lettuce, and more. We love a proper burger, so here are our top recipes to try...

Homemade potato tots, fried egg, spiced avocado and hot sauce

Potato tots are very popular in America. These homemade potato tots, fried egg, spiced avocado and hot sauce make a great 4 July brunch dish.

Chicken hot wings with blue cheese slaw and skinny fries

Chicken wings make the best comfort food. Serve with homemade fries and a quick slaw of white cabbage and red onion and blue cheese for an indulgent dinner.

A blue bowl filled with chicken wings and golden fries

Steakhouse-style spinach gratin

This is a different way to eat spinach and a great way to get one of your five-a-day. Make this easy steakhouse-style gratin recipe as a side for your US-style feast.

Three white bowls filled with a green spinach gratin with melted cheese on top

Maple barbecue beans

No American BBQ is complete without baked beans. Slow-cooked in maple syrup, bacon and yellow mustard, the beans soak up all the smoky sauce.

A white bowl filled with red baked beans

BBQ pulled pork

Pulled pork is a great recipe to feed a crowd, served up in soft buns with crunchy coleslaw for a party.

Soft white rolls filled with dark brown pulled pork

American desserts

Lemon s’mores meringue pie

This recipe for lemon s’mores meringue pie makes for a stunning dinner party dessert. Toasted marshmallows added to the filling of this pie give it an extra bump of flavour and a gooey texture.

Baked raspberry cheesecake

A classic American dessert, baked cheesecake is an easy entertaining idea. The fresh raspberries on top cut through the rich body of the cheesecake. Try our other cheesecake recipes here...

Baked Raspberry Cheesecake Recipe

Chocolate brownie pecan tart

We’ve taken the classic pecan pie to the next level by adding brownie batter. Serve at your party for a crowdpleasing dessert.

Chocolate Brownie Pecan Tart Recipe