July 4th is coming up, and our minds turn to grilling, backyard feasts, and the American classics. But when you really think about it, most classic American dishes — like apple pie and hot dogs, for example — have a heritage that starts far from these shores (yes, we realize we’re making it awkward to say “As American as apple pie”). The good news is that from this diverse heritage, we can create new classics by mashing up favorites like pizza and skewers.
These recipes are so good, you’ll want to make these all-American recipes all year round.
Apple Pie Pancakes
Photo: Betty Crocker
Apple pie couldn’t be more American… right? It’s actually a Dutch import, as are pancakes, another everyday American favorite. So we combined apple pie and pancakes into these delicious and easy apple pie pancakes. Made with Bisquick and Mott’s Applesauce, they are the perfect way to start your long weekend.
Hot Dog Bites
July 4th is synonymous with grilling, cookouts… and hot dog eating contests. An annual tradition since 1972, world champion professional eater Joey Chestnut has been known to put away 70 hot dogs, but we prefer the more palatable bite-size form.
Just take Libby’s Vienna Sausage, which are already bite-sized, wrap them in crescent roll dough, and bake until golden. We also like to give a nod to our German friends who introduced us to the hot dog by slathering the inside of the pastry with mustard. Then serve with good ol’ American Heinz Ketchup.
Coca Cola Ribs (or Wings!)
Coca Cola is the secret ingredient in this sweet ‘n’ juicy ribs recipe, combining Coca Cola with brown sugar and soy sauce to make a succulent marinade for ribs while you can bake or grill. Works just as well on chicken wings.
Photo: Food Network
Grilled Pizza Skewers
Pizza is the food Americans eat the most, so we thought, What if we gave grilled skewers, that July 4th staple, the pizza treatment? Inspired by this pizza skewers recipe, we marinated cubed chicken in Barilla Marinara Sauce overnight, then threaded the chicken on skewers along with pizza dough strips, grape tomatoes, and peppers. Just before grilling, we sprinkled on Kraft Grated Mozzarella for a cheesy finish.
Photo: Tip Buzz
What’s on your July 4th menu? Make us hungry in the comments below.