The 4th of July is one of the biggest days of celebration in the US calendar. Independence Day marks the signing of the Declaration of Independence back in 1776 on the very same day and it sees the nation, and many people around the world, take to the streets and celebrate.
There are always fireworks, parties, fun and games, and even the odd game of bingo or two, but at the center of it all is always friends, family, and food. Yes, it’s the time of the year in which the barbecues are lit and you get to gorge on some incredible food. And if you’re looking to celebrate with our American friends this year, then have we got some fantastic recipes for you…
The potato salad is a 4th of July institution and the perfect accompaniment to any big spread. It goes with almost anything, and while the barbecue is finishing off the meat, this can operate as a precursor to the main event, or a side to sit alongside your burger, ribs, or wings.
We’re big fans of this recipe from Jamie Oliver, which has a really creamy texture as well as plenty of flavour thanks to the lemon and oil dressing.
The Simple Burger
The hamburger is iconic and over in the United States they do some of the very best. However, it’s Gordon Ramsey we’ve taken inspiration from here and a recipe he broadcast on Good Morning America. It’s a simple recipe that just has that extra bit of sparkle you get from the world renowned chef, with the patty a blend of chuck, ground beef, and beef brisket. Then a little bit of seasoning and some butter basting and you’ve got the perfect burger.
Wicked’s Grilled Veg Bonanza
There are so many great things that can be done with vegetables on the barbecue and this great YouTube video from Wicked brings you not one, but three different recipes. They’re all relatively easy to make, and would be loved by the vegans and meat-eaters alike. The cabbage steaks are a phenomenal treat, while butternut squashes and aubergine are also healthy alternatives on the grill.
No 4th of July is complete without a hotdog and the BBQ Pit Guys really do have it nailed down. They’ve taken the traditional frankfurter and turned it into something spectacular, all with the help of a little bit of butter. Of course, mustard and ketchup are required accompaniments, while onions, fried or raw, are also a must to get that real US hot dog experience.