It's difficult to define American food, to say that dish x is the best representation of an entire country that's so expansive. American food is developed, to say the least -- it's a melting pot of so many different cultures. Every single dish could be traced back to some group of immigrants or another. So when it comes to our country's birthday, there's no better way to celebrate than by enjoying our favorite American foods. Our recipe slideshow covers the gamut from summer favorites like hamburgers and hot dogs to comfort food favorites like mac and cheese and chicken and dumplings. And don't think we forgot about dessert -- we've got apple pie, peach cobbler, cheesecake and more.

So what's your favorite American food? Let us know in the comments.

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  • Pulled Pork Sliders

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/pulled-pork-sliders_n_1061216.html" target="_hplink">Pulled Pork Sliders recipe</a></strong> Pork shoulder turns so meltingly soft after a long roast in the oven, that it's easy to shred to make these sliders. A sweet and tangy homemade barbecue sauce is all you need to dress it.

  • Strawberry Cheesecake With Graham Cracker Crust

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/strawberry-cheesecake-wit_n_1055897.html" target="_hplink">Strawberry Cheesecake with Graham Cracker Crust recipe</a></strong> Except for the graham cracker crust, there is no baking involved in this recipe. The cheesecake sets in the fridge. Its taste is incredibly rich from cream cheese, cottage cheese and condensed milk. Top with macerated strawberries and a drizzling of balsamic vinegar.

  • Spice-Rubbed T-Bone Steaks

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/spice-rubbed-t-bone-steak_n_1058703.html" target="_hplink">Spice-Rubbed T-Bone Steaks recipe</a></strong> Big, thick, juicy steaks pretty much symbolize summer grilling. These T-bones are rubbed with a mixture of chile powder, cumin, garlic powder and paprika.

  • Best Baked Beans

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/the-best-baked-beans_n_1058008.html" target="_hplink">Best Baked Beans recipe</a></strong> This dish of baked beans is loaded with flavor from bacon, barbecue sauce, vinegar, brown sugar and dry mustard. It's the perfect accompaniment to any summer barbecue.

  • Boston Cream Cake Pie

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/15/boston-cream-cake-pie_n_1151670.html" target="_hplink">Boston Cream Cake Pie recipe</a></strong> Boston cream pie is actually a cake, but this recipe take the name literally and makes the cake in a graham cracker pie crust with a creamy filling and chocolate ganache frosting

  • Cheddar BLT Burgers With Tarragon Russian Dressing

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/cheddar-blt-burgers-with-_n_1058280.html" target="_hplink">Cheddar BLT Burgers with Tarragon Russian Dressing recipe</a></strong> This recipe takes the classic burger recipe into the stratosphere. A topping of cheddar cheese, bacon and Russian dressing makes these mouthwateringly good.

  • Cobb Salad

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/cobb-salad_n_1061224.html" target="_hplink">Cobb Salad recipe</a></strong> This classic Cobb salad has everything going for it: crunchy lettuce, juicy tomatoes, hard-boiled egg, chicken, avocado, bacon and blue cheese. Serve it up at any summer picnic.

  • Whoopie Pies

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/whoopie-pies_n_1061777.html" target="_hplink">Whoopie Pies recipe</a></strong> Whoopie pies aren't pies at all, but cakey cookies sandwiched with creamy filling. Here chocolate cookies are sandwiched with yogurt-whipped cream.

  • Chicken Pot Pie With Puff Pastry

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/chicken-pot-pie-in-a-blan_n_1061344.html" target="_hplink">Chicken Pot Pie with Puff Pastry recipe</a></strong> This family-size pot pie is packed with delicious chicken and vegetables under a crispy brown puff pastry topper. It's just begging to be broken into.

  • Grilled Corn On The Cob With Parsley And Garlic

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/grilled-corn-on-the-cob-w_n_1055228.html" target="_hplink">Grilled Corn on the Cob with Parsley and Garlic recipe</a></strong> The sweetest summer corn is perfect for grilling right on the cob. This recipe includes a parsley and garlic butter for those who prefer to slather their corn.

  • Hot And Smoky Chili Dogs

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/hot--smoky-chili-dogs_n_1060903.html" target="_hplink">Hot and Smoky Chili Dogs recipe</a></strong> Chile powder, jalapeno peppers and chiles in adobo give the chili on these dogs a fiery kick. The dogs are great either broiled or grilled.

  • New England Clam Chowder

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/new-england-clam-chowder_n_1061792.html" target="_hplink">New England Clam Chowder recipe</a> </strong> Nothing says New England like a creamy clam chowder. Top with a crumble of bacon and serve with oyster crackers to soak up the rich broth.

  • Chocolate Chip Cookies

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/eatingwell-chocolate-chip_n_1062544.html" target="_hplink">Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe</a></strong> A bit of oats, whole-wheat flour and pecans make these chocolate chip cookies extra crisp. Don't skip the step of refrigerating the dough -- it ensures the cookies come out nicely formed.

  • Coleslaw

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/coleslaw_n_1055895.html" target="_hplink">Coleslaw recipe</a></strong> The classic coleslaw is a picnic favorite and this recipe does it justice with no unnecessary frills. Make sure to chill before serving.

  • Corn Dogs

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/corn-dogs_n_1061348.html" target="_hplink">Corn Dogs recipe</a></strong> Corn dogs and carnivals go hand in hand, but instead of waiting for the circus to come to town, make your own at home. It starts with a simple cornmeal batter. Serve with mustard.

  • Spicy Deviled Eggs

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/spicy-deviled-eggs_n_1057283.html" target="_hplink">Spicy Deviled Eggs recipe</a></strong> Deviled eggs are a classic party appetizer. This version takes it to the next level with a drizzling of sesame oil and a bit of sriracha hot sauce.

  • Deep Dish Apple Pie

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/deep-dish-apple-pie_n_1061598.html" target="_hplink">Deep Dish Apple Pie recipe</a></strong> Use a combination of different apples to create this perfect apple pie. Pile it high so you get lots of fruit in every bite. Sour cream in the crust helps it turn out nice and tender.

  • Crab Cakes With Homemade Tartar Sauce

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/crab-cakes-with-homemade-_n_1055259.html" target="_hplink">Crab Cakes with Homemade Tartar Sauce recipe</a></strong> These crab cakes are light and meaty -- the secret is using panko (Japanese breadcrumbs) which are flakier than standard crumbs so they don't weigh down the crab. The tarter sauce includes diced apple for a bit of sweetness.

  • Best Fudge Brownies

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/best-fudge-brownies_n_1057408.html" target="_hplink">Best Fudge Brownies recipe</a></strong> These brownies are chock full of chocolate and chopped walnuts. For a special touch, top each with mint-chocolate whipped cream.

  • Grandma's Biscuits

    <strong>Get <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/06/grandma-mayrsquos-biscu_n_1324963.html" target="_hplink">Grandma's Biscuits recipe</a></strong> This biscuit recipe has only four ingredients so you know it's going to be simple and good. Serve them with lots of butter, creme fraiche or jam.

  • Turkey Sloppy Joes

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/turkey-sloppy-joes_n_1059289.html" target="_hplink">Turkey Sloppy Joes recipe</a></strong> This version of the classic sloppy Joe is made with lean ground turkey, onion, bell pepper and tomatoes. Serve on soft rolls. We promise it's just as good and as messy as any other sloppy Joe.

  • Grandma's Fried Chicken

    <strong>Get <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/15/my-grandmothers-fried-ch_n_1151650.html" target="_hplink">Grandma's Fried Chicken recipe</a></strong> An overnight soak in buttermilk guarantees fried chicken just like grandma used to make. They'll turn out incredibly juicy and crispy every time.

  • Milk Chocolate Pudding Pie With Salted Peanut Crust

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/02/milk-chocolate-pudding-pi_n_1471479.html" target="_hplink">Milk Chocolate Pudding Pie with Salted Peanut Crust recipe</a></strong> This chocolate pie will have everyone asking for seconds. The salty peanut and graham cracker crust is the perfect foil for a rich milk chocolate filling.

  • Potato Salad

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/homemade-potato-salad_n_1055078.html" target="_hplink">Potato Salad recipe</a></strong> Don't forget to include a potato salad at your next summer get-together -- it wouldn't be complete without one. This version includes chopped dill pickles and capers for some extra tang.

  • Spicy And Sticky Baby Back Ribs

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/spicy-and-sticky-baby-bac_n_1058708.html" target="_hplink">Spicy and Sticky Baby Back Ribs recipe</a></strong> A dry rub is the secret to getting these ribs flavored just right. Finish with a homemade barbecue sauce. Cook them low and slow in the oven and broil them in the last 10 minutes.

  • Key Lime Pie

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/key-lime-pie_n_1061632.html" target="_hplink">Key Lime Pie recipe</a></strong> Instead of whipped cream, this tangy key lime pie gets topped with billowy meringue. A combination of yogurt and condensed milk makes the filling exceptionally creamy.

  • Chili

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/samuelsson-chili_n_1057373.html" target="_hplink">Chili recipe</a></strong> This classic ground beef chili is loaded in every which way -- in flavor and ingredients. It has a lot of smokiness and a touch of chocolate for earthiness. Serve with sour cream and tortilla chips.

  • Classic Maine Lobster Roll

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/the-classic-maine-lobster_n_1061365.html" target="_hplink">Classic Maine Lobster Roll recipe</a></strong> You don't need much to make lobster meat shine in these classic rolls. A squeeze of lemon, mayonnaise and a garnish of chopped parsley is all.

  • Macaroni And Cheese

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/macaroni-and-many-cheeses_n_1058531.html" target="_hplink">Macaroni and Cheese recipe</a></strong> Use a good mix of different cheeses to get the most flavorful macaroni and cheese. Top with a shredded dry cheese like Parmesan and broil to get a nice crust.

  • Strawberry Shortcake

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/strawberry-shortcake_n_1049520.html" target="_hplink">Strawberry Shortcake recipe</a></strong> These tender shortcakes were designed for filling with fresh fruit and whipped cream. Besides strawberries, you could also try peaches, raspberries or blueberries.

  • Blue Ribbon Meatloaf

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/blue-ribbon-meatloaf_n_1049156.html" target="_hplink">Blue Ribbon Meatloaf recipe</a></strong> The combination of ground beef and turkey makes this meatloaf leaner than the original but it's just as flavorful. The recipe includes beer for extra flavor.

  • Shrimp Po' Boy With Spicy Mayo

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/shrimp-po-boy-with-spicy_n_1057696.html" target="_hplink">Shrimp Po' Boy with Spicy Mayo recipe</a></strong> This Louisiana sandwich is the perfect fix for the shrimp lover. The sandwich is filled with breaded and fried shrimp with a bit of chile-spiked mayo.

  • Missouri Skillet Cornbread

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/missouri-skillet-cornbrea_n_1061317.html" target="_hplink">Missouri Skillet Cornbread recipe</a></strong> Stone ground yellow cornmeal makes this cornbread recipe rustic and hearty. Smoked bacon and scallions add great flavor.

  • Philly Cheese Steak

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/philly-cheese-steak-_n_1061895.html" target="_hplink">Philly Cheese Steak recipe</a></strong> Thinly sliced steak, mushrooms, onion, bell pepper and provolone cheese make up this version of the classic cheese steak sandwich. For extra bite, top with hot banana peppers.

  • Peach And Blueberry Cobbler

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/peach-amp-blueberry-cob_n_1056693.html" target="_hplink">Peach and Blueberry Cobbler recipe</a></strong> This peach and blueberry cobbler features a batter that rises up and around the fruit as it bakes. The top turns out crispy and brown and the inside is soft and dumpling-like.

  • Louisiana Blackened Catfish

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/louisiana-catfish-with-ok_n_1062021.html" target="_hplink">Louisiana Blackened Catfish recipe</a></strong> Searing catfish fillets with a Cajun spice rub produces a beautiful blackened crust that's loaded with flavor. Serve with sauteed corn and okra.

  • Old-Fashioned Chicken And Dumplings

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/old-fashioned-chicken--d_n_1061707.html" target="_hplink">Old-Fashioned Chicken and Dumplings recipe</a></strong> This creamy chicken and dumplings provides the ultimate comfort for mind, body and soul. The dumplings are light and fluffy from whole-wheat flour and buttermilk.

  • Red Velvet Cake With Cream Cheese Frosting

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/red-velvet-cake-with-crea_n_1049486.html" target="_hplink">Red Velvet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting recipe</a></strong> Buttermilk is the secret to making a fluffy, moist and tangy red velvet cake. Its hint of chocolate is nicely complemented by a rich cream cheese frosting.

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