July 4th Independence Day - Celebrate with American Classics

   |  Updated: July 04, 2014 18:24 IST

July 4th Independence Day - Celebrate with American Classics
American Independence Day is commemorated every year on 4th of July. It marks the adoption of the Declaration of Independence from The Great Britain on July 4, 1776.

Being a national holiday, people indulge in various celebratory gestures. Among others, a barbeque brunch or an intimate family gathering is most common. One can easily say that the star of these family get-togethers is the quintessential American food.

A lot of ingredients and cooking styles in the American cuisine were influenced by European colonization and also the influx of immigrants later. It is known for being diverse and forward, with fast foods holding center stage. Foods like hot dogs, burgers, fried chicken, steaks & doughnuts dominate the modern menu and have a worldwide fan following.

At NDTV Cooks, we're celebrating the culinary creativity of America. We bring to you top ten American dishes, that are not just classics but the physical manifestation of their culture.

Apple Pie
Recipe by Joey Matthew

Of course you've heard of the saying, "As American as an apple pie." Need we say more? A flaky pastry that holds a scrumptious apple filling teamed with cinnamon that lends its aroma. You're in for a real treat!


Chili Dogs
Recipe by Divya BurmanA grilled or steamed sausage that is served in a sliced bun. Generously lathered with ketchup, mayo and mustard, this American street snack is an all-time favourite.


Lamb Burger with Radish Slaw
Recipe by Vicky Ratnani

Burgers are something that we can never get bored of, no matter how often we eat them. In this recipe, a crisp lamb patty is topped with a freshly made minty mayo and slapped between burger buns.

Sloppy Joes
Recipe by Vicky Ratnani

An irresistible combination of juicy lamb mince, roasted eggplant, potatoes and cheddar cheese tossed over crusty bread. Before you know it, you'll be reaching for another slice soon enough.


KFC Style Fried Chicken
Recipe by Divya Burman

Because, the love of fried chicken never dies out!  Here's how you can re-create the legendary taste at home.


Beer Can Chicken
Recipe by Vicky Ratnani

This North American delicacy is prepared by barbequing chicken on top of  beer can. That extra juiciness and beer-flavoured goodness gives it an edge.


Recipe by Niru Gupta

This sweet snack works like a charm. Glazed with your favourite topping, doughnuts can instantly cheer you up! Rings of dough made with milk, refined flour, cinnamon and nutmeg, are deep fried and served with a sugary glaze.


Macaroni Cheese
Recipe by Manju Malhi

This is the ultimate comfort food, undoubtedly.  Macaroni mingled with a milky cheese sauce, every bite of which tastes like heaven. Mmm...


Mississippi Mud Cake
Recipe by Roopa Gulati

This wickedly delicious dessert is made with a heavy dose of bitter chocolate and strong flavours of coffee and whisky. Decorate with a soothing peppermint icing and serve with ice-cream.

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Barbecued Corn with Chilli and Lime Butter
Recipe by Vicky Ratnani

Give this essential barbeque side a chunky makeover with red chilli, butter, lime juice, Tobasco, garlic and herbs.


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