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Taste of America: 10 of the best USA-inspired recipes

From Southern fried chicken to Caesar salad, our favourite American recipes

Taste of America: 10 of the best USA-inspired recipes

From fries and pies to Texan BBQ and ranch-style salads, our love affair with American food shows no signs of slowing down. Ever since the very first McDonalds opened its doors in London, circa 1974, we've had the burger bug.

But forget about burgers for a moment. How about hush puppies, hotdogs, bagels, popcorn, pretzels, Buffalo wings, clam chowder, coleslaw, peanut butter, waffles and milkshakes? We think we've made our point.

If you really need any more persuasion, we've rounded up our all-time favourite American-inspired recipes for your gastronomic pleasure...

American pancakes 

What better way to start the day than with a big, buttery stack of pancakes? Served in diners across the States, these golden beauties are best topped with crispy bacon and drizzled with maple syrup.

Chicken caesar salad with griddled little gem 

Caesar salad is broadly considered to be something of an American classic (even though it was invented in Mexico). No wonder it's so darn popular – how can you beat the combination of crisp lettuce, crunchy croutons and creamy dressing? We've added roasted chicken breasts and whole anchovy fillets – irresistable.

Oven-fried chicken with coleslaw

Ever since Colonel Sanders rocked up in the fifties with nothing but a pocketful of dreams and a finger lickin' recipe, Kentucky fried chicken has been a USA national fave. We've rustled up a tasty mix of paprika, cayenne, garlic powder and oregano to flavour our chicken, which is oven-baked and served with a freshly-prepared slaw. Sooo good. 

Spaghetti and meatballs

Thought spaghetti and meatballs was an Italian thing? Nope, this absolute dream team first got acquainted in New York. Our recipe uses tasty pork sausage meat, mixed with pepper and plenty of Parmesan - a crowd-pleaser if ever there was one.

Slow-cooked chilli

We can thank the good people of Texas for one of our absolute favourite weeknight suppers – chilli con carne. Whether you go veggie or meat-based, the combination of beans, tomato and chipotle adds up to one flavour-packed dish. We like ours topped with soured cream and a sprinkling of coriander – or, should we say, 'cilantro'.

dr pepper marinated ribs  

From burgers and fries to chicken wings and pulled pork, smokehouse-style grub is probably as popular over here as it is in the States. Sweet, sticky, and delightfully messy, our Dr Pepper-marinated ribs will be the talk of your next barbecue or party. 


Pumpkin pie 

When it comes to American puds, it's all about the pie. From that Florida classic, the Key lime pie, to sweet cherry, apple or pecan versions, you can't really go wrong. We think this pumpkin pie is quintessentially American - we'll have ours 'à la mode' (that's 'with ice cream', thank you very much). 

raspberry cheesecake brownies 

What could be more American than a brownie and a cheesecake rolled into one mouthwatering treat? Easy to make, simply spoon your cheesecake mixture over the brownie batter before plonking in a handful of raspberries.

homemade doughnuts

Ever found yourself craving donuts after watching The Simpsons? Martha Collison's recipe makes an impressive 16 picture-perfect, pleasingly-cartoon-like rings. Mmmmmmm.... doughnuts...  

Fudge and white chocolate chip cookies 

In America, cookies and milk go hand in hand – a cool glass of the white stuff is the perfect antidote to all of that fudge and chocolate. Our sweet, chewy cookies take just 20 minutes to whip up, and are best served fresh out of the oven.

Inspired to try any of these all-American treats? Find everything you need online, or pop into your local store. You can also pick up some readymade goodies here.