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17 All-American Recipes To Try This Summer

Summer means warmer days, shorter nights, and any excuse to have a party. Wow your friends with these America-inspired recipes, and after you’re done, watch Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser, streaming free only on Crackle.

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1. Beer Butt Chicken

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This recipe is perfect for any American cookout in that it is simple (five ingredients!) and delicious. Also, it's a great use for any subpar beer you have lying around.

2. Deep-fried Snack Cake

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This recipe uses a popular snake cake as the key ingredient, but feel free to replace it with your favourite candy bar or cookie — the dessert possibilities are endless.

3. Dirt Cake Treats

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A grown-up version of an American childhood favourite, this recipe is sure to bring out the kid in you. With chocolate cookies and cereal mixed with marshmallows, sure you could make it for your nieces and nephews, or you could just eat it and never, ever share.

4. Cola Cake

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This recipe is perfect for those moments when you want to make something sweet but don't feel like heading to the store by utilising common pantry items. The result is both crowd pleasing and delicious.

5. Ham and Cheese Grits Casserole

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This recipe brings grits to the brunch table in a simple and savoury way. With a southwest kick and enough cheese to drown in, grits have never been this American.

6. Crispy Oven-fried Pickles

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This recipe is a healthy twist on the great American tradition of taking everyday foods and frying them. The simplicity of these chips is sure to make them a staple at every summer party.

8. Rocky Mountain Oysters

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This recipe is not only considered a delicacy in the Northwest, it's also rumoured to be an aphrodisiac. If you're not familiar with Rocky Mountain Oysters then now is as good a time as any to introduce yourself to the appetizer that also goes by the name of Lug Nuts, Montana Tendergroins, Swinging Beef, Moo Marbles, and Cowboy Caviar.

10. Country-fried Steak and Gravy

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For centuries, steak languished naked and alone — that is, until America got its hands on it. Whatever you call it — country-fried steak or chicken-fried steak — this recipe makes the perfect entrée or brunch option for a summer day. For an extra kick, top with your favourite hot sauce and pair with a Bloody Mary.

11. Rodeo-style Smoked Turkey Legs

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This recipe proves that turkey isn't just for Thanksgiving or amusement parks. Ben Franklin wanted it to be the National Bird, and while the eagle may take home the prize for looks, the turkey wins in deliciousness.

12. Hand-dipped Corn Dogs

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What's more American than taking something delicious, dipping it in something more delicious, and then frying it? NOTHING. Make these as hors d'oeuvres for the football game or a family cookout. The only thing that could make these even more delicious is to top them off with spray cheese.

13. Apple Barbecue Grilled Ribs

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This recipe offers a savoury update to the BBQ staple that all Americans love. A homemade apple butter sauce makes this dish an obvious choice.

14. Cayenne Pepper Sauce–swirled Bacon Cornbread Muffins

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These muffins may look innocent, but one bite, and you'll discover that these muffins pack a cayenne pepper punch that you'll dream about long after they're gone. This recipe is the perfect marriage of bacon, spice, and cornbread that your summer will not be complete without. Pair with your favourite chili recipe for a match made in heaven.

15. Deluxe Mac 'n' Cheese

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This recipe perfectly exemplifies the grand American tradition of taking something already delicious (mac 'n' cheese) and adding bacon to it. Share this recipe with friends or selfishly eat it by yourself. To take it to the next level top it with fried onions, jalapeños, or spray cheese.

16. Hot Chocolate Snack Mix

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This puppy chow variation is reminiscent of childhood campouts. Simple in preparation and delicious to eat, this will become your new go-to party snack.

17. BBQ Beef-stuffed Potatoes

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This recipe perfectly combines an entire BBQ into a potato in a satisfyingly delicious way. Serve as appetizers or a complete meal. This dish is not only irresistible, it's also cost effective. For an extra crunch, top with fried onions or crushed corn chips.

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