Somehow July is here! We’re not quite sure how that happened but we do know that it means the 4th is coming quickly. So instead of whipping out your bbq this year, switch things up and take a look at some classic American dishes throughout time. You’ll find some old favorites and also some pretty unique things.

Here are 10 historically American dishes to cook up in time for the 4th of July.

Golden Apricot-Glazed Turkey Breast

Of course, turkey is a big one here, this bird quickly became a popular protein of American settlers. So while you might normally save this bird for Thanksgiving consider cooking it up this 4th. You can honestly probably throw this one on the barbecue if you really really want to fire it up.

Waldorf Salad

This unique salad is one that you might have actually had before. Waldorf Salad consists of finely chopped apples, celery, and mayo dressing. What’s extra cool about this recipe is that it calls for reusing the apple itself as a serving dish for the salad. Talk about reduce, reuse, recycle.

Buttermilk Pound Cake

Sweet tooths this one is for you. OG American cake recipes were pretty simple usually only using about 4 ingredients but this recipe throws a few more in to ensure you’ll have the best cake to date. We also recommend finding a fun cake pan to create an unforgettable cake.

Cherry Sandwiches

This wild-sounding dish is indeed a real thing and it comes from the first cookbook that was solely focused on sandwiches. The 1912 recipe calls for finely chopped cherries and crackers. So it’s almost like cherry tapenade on a cracker. Kinda interesting right?

Sweet Potato Pudding

Pudding can be made from all sorts of things including sweet potatoes! This recipe calls for sweet potatoes, sugar, lemon, nutmeg, and some butter. It’s a pretty classic dish and if you haven’t had it before this 4th might just be the time to make it.

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Sausage Johnnycake

When wheat wouldn’t grow early settlers had to get creative. Instead, they turned to cornmeal so you can enjoy a different take on cornbread. And to make things more interesting this recipe includes sausage for a bit of extra flavor and protein.


You either love them or hate them. Pickles and pickling things, in general, were some of the easiest ways for early settlers to preserve foods. So make some pickles, eat them alone or have them as a side dish. Chances are that once you figure out pickling you’ll never stop.

Escaloped Eggs

A truly vintage recipe straight out of the 1890s, this unique recipe calls for hard boiling eggs and then breading and baking them. It’s sure to be one of the more unique things you’ve made in a while and you’ll be kind of freestyling since the OG recipe isn’t exactly detailed with measurements. Whatever, it’s a culinary adventure.

Custard Ice Cream

Forget heading to the grocery store to buy ice cream when you can make your own straight out of 1933. This might just be the richest ice cream recipe that you have tasted because it’s made from custard. Hey, we all have to satisfy a sweet tooth sometimes though right?

Sweet and Sour Cabbage

You still have to get those greens in but you might as well have them with some flavor. Sweet and Sour Cabbage is straight out of 1936 and calls for ingredients like sour apples, vinegar, and brown sugar. Give it a try and see if you like it more than the other cabbage classic, coleslaw.

That’s what we have for you when it comes to historically American dishes for the 4th of July. We hope you enjoy these recipes and if you end up cooking some up be sure to let us know. Of course, tag us in any pics you snap because we’re pretty dang curious.