Classic American recipes for the start of gridiron season
02 October 2017 | Schwartz
It’s never too early for a tailgate party! As Wembley prepares for the International Series and the first games kicks off in the US, we can’t wait to celebrate the start of the American football calendar. Get set for a weekend of tasty treats and touchdowns with dishes just perfect for the autumnal weather. The great thing about these classic American recipes is all of them can be enjoyed cold too – so you can keep the good vibes going all week!
Meatloaf has been a US family favourite throughout history, since the recipe was first devised to make a minimal meat supply go further. It’s quick, easy and cheap to throw together, with just four wholesome ingredients brought to life with our Classic Barbecue Seasoning packed with onion, paprika and parsley. Meatloaf is a delicious main everyone will love, as well as a great alternative cold cut for later… if there’s any left!
Introduced to the US by way of European settlers, potato salad has since become something of a national side across the pond. This twist on the traditional recipe uses new potatoes and bacon for an extra tasty kick, all swirled up with our Perfect Shake Pork Seasoning. The flavours of sage and onion cut through the creamy texture, resulting in a more dynamic flavour than your average store-bought salad. We love it served with a main of roasted chicken.
Who’d have thought that the ultimate comfort food was bought to the US by Thomas Jefferson? Having tried the dish in Europe, the president imported macaroni and Parmesan (having previously bought a machine to make the pasta which he deemed unsatisfactory), and served up what is thought to be the nation’s first mac ‘n’ cheese at a state dinner in 1802. The dish has been a mainstay in American kitchens ever since – try either of our sensational recipes to see why for yourself.
Steak is a revered main all over the world, but with beef being the USA’s largest single export, it’s no wonder Americans have a particular affection for the dish. This peppered steak is a properly decadent meal that could be found served up at either a roadside diner or the fanciest of restaurants. Add a side of chunky chips along and a silky cream sauce flavoured with a touch of brandy for a main that just oozes luxury.
What list would be complete without the all-American star? It’s a treat so beloved that a town in New Mexico has been named after it, it’s frequently mentioned in song lyrics, and the phrase ‘as American as apple pie’ is known all over the world. This little wonder takes a little longer to bring together, but as you cut into the hot crust and the scents of apple and cinnamon fill the air you’ll know it’s all been worth it. Serve with whipped cream or ice cream and enjoy!