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'AMERICAN' recipes

I'm going to a theme party (around the world) and must bring a drink and appetizer from a specific country. I chose USA (I'm Canadian).
I can easily bring American beer or wine, but what to bring for food? Any suggestions?

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    1. BBQ: Pulled pork, hamburger buns, and coleslaw. Tyler Florence's pulled pork recipe is awesome, and you can cook it in your oven: http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/recip...

      A creamy cole slaw is the standard, but I love them with the balsamic vinegar based cole slaw in How To Cook Everything.

      1. When I studied abroad, we had a tour de chambre...and I made rice krispy treats and jello shots.

        They were a big hit. What's not to love about 'em?

        1. Pigs In a Blanket if you can heat something up. Or maybe just spinach dip with vegetables. Nothing fancy, but always popular.

          1. Miniature crab cakes and sweet tea.

            1. Funny, the first thing that came to mind was poptarts and go-gurt..... but i'm assuming you're not interested in that!

              how about apple pie for dessert?

              Or you could do a regional theme.... new england clam chowda, or southern bbq, or southwestern. Sounds like fun! keep us posted with your menu.

              1. Ritz crackers and American cheese
                Tiny hot dogs in chili sauce/grape jelly sauce
                Rumaki! (Hawaiian and delicious)

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                1. re: North Ender

                  I like the pulled pork idea. Barbecue of some kind is a great suggestion. Other possibilites; jambalaya, key lime pie, Philly cheese steaks anything good and local.

                  1. re: phneale

                    yeah i'd either do bbq (maybe too much effort to do for just an appie and do the Q justice) or make a big gumbo. . .

                  2. re: North Ender

                    No Ritz Crackers! We don't want the OP furthering any belief that Americans are unsophisticated rubes who only eat processed foods.

                  3. Apple pie, nothin more American.

                    Otyherwise, I would be looking to something regional, in order for it to taste good and be chow worthy. Your options there are vast, from BBQ, to New England clam chowder or a clam bake, gumbo, brunswick stew, burgoo, etc., etc.

                    1. i vote for cornbread, or something made with corn, since corn is a new world vegetable. you could make mini muffins with cheese, jalapeno and chunks of sausage in them.

                      1. Little buttermilk biscuits with ham (very southern). Also, I think a platter of chili-cheese nachos and some beer would go over like a house on fire.

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                        1. re: lora

                          Mac & cheese (check out Martha Stewart for a classic recipe). Meatloaf

                        2. All of the appetizer suggestions folks have made are good ideas and certainly American. I'm particularly partial to the little ham biscuits and miniature crab cakes. Another idea is devilled eggs. Actually, they'd go quite well with the ham biscuits...you'll often see them together on an appetizer table in the south. Sounds like a fun party!

                          1. lots of good ideas, but since you asked for appetizers:

                            crab cakes
                            clam chowder
                            deviled eggs
                            crab rangoons
                            mini sandwiches of turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce

                            if you want kind of funny/retro:
                            jello salad
                            ambrosia salad
                            pigs in a blanket
                            spinach artichoke dip
                            tuna noodle casserole

                            1. These are all great suggestions. I have a few more for ya:

                              Fried Chicken or Chicken-Fried Steak
                              Mashed potatoes
                              New York style Cheesecake

                              I also definitely agree with the people who have mentioned that American food varies by region and that the most true recipes are not American so much as they are Yankee, Southern, Midwest, etc. If you want to do something stereotypically middle-America, make a casserole from a recipe off the back of a can of Campbell's.

                              1. Appetizer? Onion dip, cheese ball, spinach and artichoke dip, buffalo wings, deviled eggs, pigs in a blanket, nachos....
                                Meal? Fried chicken, meatloaf, hamburger stoganoff, tuna casserole, chicken pot pie
                                Dessert? Apple pie, brownies, chocolate chip cookies, banana pudding