Okay, I can do this. I know I can. So then comes the problem of what to cook that is all-American. This poses some serious dilemmas. I actually asked this question on facebook last night and got all sorts of suggestions ranging from hot dogs and hamburgers and fries to meat loaf and pot roast and Kraft Macaroni and Cheese. The problem is, I am having a difficult time finding something that would be truly American.
We're all immigrants...mutts (save the native American population) and our traditional foods all seem to come from somewhere else. Pot roast is basically French Pot au Feu. Hot dogs are originally German. French fries are Belgian. Beef stroganoff was a suggestion but that is Russian. I thought meatloaf might be a nice idea but it comes from Germany and Belgium. A grilled ribeye steak could work, but I think our meat here in no way compares to steak back home and besides, I have yet to master barbecuing any type of meat (see more about that here). Tater tot hot dish came up as well but if I remember correctly, that's made with creme of something soup and we don't have that here in France. And I just CAN'T do that. Nor can I subject the French to the world's greatest hangover food, Kraft Macaroni and Cheese...even though I have 3 boxes stashed just in case!
For dessert I thought of my old staple, carrot cake. This is Swedish. Perhaps Apple Crisp...but this is more or less British Apple Crumble. I could try apple pie but I know it would be too sweet for them. Bread pudding maybe? Nope, seems every country has that! Jello? Oh god, no! And besides, I can't get that here either.
You see my problem?
So this is what I've come up with:
Grilled Barbecue pork ribs with a nice, slightly piquant BBQ sauce (the French have very sensitive taste buds). Barbecue and BBQ sauce seems to be genuinely red, white and blue.
Potato Salad and/ or coleslaw (neither are really American but we've put our own, unique spin on them)
Garlic bread with lots of butter. Nobody puts butter on their bread here except if it's for breakfast.
Chocolate chip/peanut butter cookies, although I reserve the right to sic 'em with apple pie and ice cream.
I will take photos of the grand event and comments from my French guinea pigs. Even if I and my meal fall flat on our respective faces, this has got to be worth a laugh. Doesn't it???????