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07/02/2014 09:22 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

10 Best All-American Dishes for Your July 4th Cookout

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From crowd-pleasing appetizers to easy desserts -- everything you need for your July 4th cookout!

1. Juicy Steakhouse Burgers

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The secret to making great steakhouse burgers at home is to use 85 percent lean ground beef, a panade -- a mixture of bread and milk that keeps meat tender and juicy even when cooked to medium-well -- and lots of seasoning, like garlic and Worcestershire sauce. GET THE RECIPE

2. Grilled Chicken Wings with Seasoned Buffalo Sauce

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Classic Buffalo wings are fried but grilled wings are truly no fuss, no muss and finger lickin' good! The key is to cook them over a moderate flame so that the fat renders out and the skin gets nice and crispy. The seasoned Buffalo sauce takes them over the top; it's made with garlic and spices, which makes it more flavorful than your typical hot sauce. GET THE RECIPE

3. Peel n' Eat Shrimp with Homemade Cocktail Sauce

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Nothing says summer like Peel n' Eat Shrimp. Here, they're prepared Maryland-style: simmered in beer, butter and Old Bay with homemade cocktail sauce on the side. GET THE RECIPE

4. Perfectly Grilled Chicken Breasts with Lemon, Garlic & Herbs

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This is a great basic grilled chicken recipe -- perfect for a quick weeknight dinner or cookout -- and so versatile. You can serve the fillets on their own (kids love them), topped with cheese on a toasted bun or sliced over a salad. The best part? They're quick and easy; you do all of the prep ahead of time and you won't even dirty a single bowl. GET THE RECIPE

5. Grilled Shrimp Kebabs with Tomato, Garlic & Herbs

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These flavorful shrimp are perfect for entertaining -- either as an appetizer or main course -- because all of the prep is done ahead of time. All you have to do when your guests arrive is throw the skewers on the grill. But be forewarned: People will eat more than their fair share. Make extra! GET THE RECIPE

6. Fresh Corn Salad with Scallions and Basil

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Here's a delicious corn salad that you can make ahead of time -- such a refreshing change from the usual corn on the cob! GET THE RECIPE

7. Simple Summer Strawberry Cake

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Without a doubt, one of the simplest, prettiest, most delicious cakes you'll ever make. GET THE RECIPE

8. Supernatural Brownies

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These aptly named squares of chocolate indulgence are from Nick Malgieri's Chocolate cookbook, an excellent resource for all things chocolate. Typically brownie lovers fall into two camps: the "fudgy" and the "cakey." I dare say these brownies -- moist and fudgy in the center, and cakey and crisp on the surface -- will appeal to all. GET THE RECIPE

9. Banana Pudding Parfaits

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Banana pudding is an old-fashioned Southern dessert traditionally made with layers of Nilla wafers, vanilla pudding and sliced bananas. This version bucks tradition a bit but still tastes wonderfully nostalgic and delicious. GET THE RECIPE

10. Chocolate Chip Pecan Blondies

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Blondies are a classic American treat, and the best part is that they're so easy to make: less ingredients than cookies (plus, you don't have to roll the dough into balls) and easier than brownies because there's no chocolate to melt. GET THE RECIPE