From maple-syrup drenched pancakes to sticky chicken wings and crispy fries – when it comes to fast food, those Americans are nailing it.
With today – 4 July – marking Independence Day, what better excuse is there to indulge in some of our all-time favourite classic dishes?
To help you celebrate in style, we've rounded up a variety of mouthwatering dishes from our friends in the US of A.
the hang fire girls' hush puppies
For those unacquainted with the hush puppy, they're like doughnuts - only savoury, and made with a cornmeal batter. Having been a fixture on Southern American menus for decades, hush puppies are often served (mostly alongside seafood) all across the USA now. This Hang Fire Girls' recipe adds corn, as well as spring onions and grated cheese – grab them while they're hot!
Slow cooker veggie sloppy joes
A simple American staple but nonetheless, they're extra tasty and the kids will love eating them. Simply fill your sandwich or burger buns with this veggie sloppy joe mix, which is made with courgette, finely sliced peppers, red onions, and sweet potatoes.
shoestring fries with turmeric mayo
No American feast is complete without a big pile of hot, crispy fries! After draining on kitchen paper, season generously and tuck in immediately.
Super sticky, gorgeously tender pork ribs are the way to anyone's heart. And these melt-in-the-mouth ribs are sure to have a very special place in your heart indeed. Marinated in garlic, cola, ketchup and black treacle, this recipe is one serious taste explosion.
Hot dogs with vegetable garden relish
In America, the hot dog reigns supreme. This Chicago-style dog is topped with mustard and a colourful diced veg quick pickle - the perfect crowd-pleasing finger food to serve up on Independence day.
cola hot wings
Worth the messy fingers, these sweet and sticky chicken wings are spot-on when served alongside a crunchy 'slaw. Add the Hang Fire girls' cola BBQ sauce to the equation and guests won't be able to resist!
If there's one way to celebrate Independence Day, it's with a burger. This American classic is simple unrivalled when done well - and our take on the humble American burger is kept simple with one seriously juicy patty, some salad leaves and a big slice of tomato - perfection!
American pancake stack
Fluffy pancakes, topped with syrup and bacon, are a popular breakfast dish in the States. The sweetest and fluffiest way to start your day, it's no surprise that us Brits can't get enough of them. The crispier the bacon the better!
Whether you love them chunky with lots of batter or thinly cut and extra crispy, onion rings are one of the great American classics. These yummy snacks taste great with sweet chilli sauce, ketchup or simply on their own.
Cherry cola float
This upgraded take on the retro classic makes an irresistible treat on a hot summer day.