Recipes for the 4th of July

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Independence Day has lots of traditions associated with it. Fireworks, the displaying of the American flag, Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest, and, of course, FOOD!

If you are having a family picnic or barbecue this year, you might be starting to plan your menu. And, while you probably have some family recipes that must be made for the 4th of July, if you are looking for something new to try, here are a few recipes that might make the cut! There’s everything from appetizers to desserts to cocktails!

  • Mexican Corn Dip: If you want a dip that’s easy to throw together and goes well with tortilla chips or corn chips – this is the one! It can be made 24 hours ahead of time, which leaves you time on the 4th of July to work on prepping other foods.
  • Antipasto Skewers: These antipasto skewers can also be prepared ahead of the holiday and are great because you can customize them to your personal taste. Don’t like kalamata olives? Leave them off and substitute in something you do like – like cherry tomatoes. 
  • Pork Ribs with the Best Dry Rub for Ribs: Ribs are a popular summertime protein, and they come in several different cuts. Whether you like Baby Back Ribs, Pork Spareribs, St. Louis Style Ribs, or Country Style Pork Ribs – it really all comes down to how they’re seasoned. No matter which style you’re preparing for America’s birthday, try using this homemade rub. It’s an excellent blend of sweet and savory.
  • The Ultimate Barbecued Chicken: Barbecued chicken is another fantastic for the 4th! This recipe from Tyler Florence has two key components to it – the brine and the homemade barbecue sauce. The brine will infuse some flavors and help to keep your chicken moist. And the homemade barbecue sauce is just delicious – and you may never go back to store-bought again after you try it.
  • Cheese-Stuffed Burgers (Juicy Lucy): In the Midwest, Cheese Stuffed Burgers, known as Juicy Lucys, are certainly popular. It’s a cheeseburger – just inside out! And this one takes it to the next level with the addition of bacon and barbecue sauce. But, be sure to check out the other suggestions for stuffing your burger – as there are some insanely delicious ideas!
  • The Best Potato Salad: What’s the 4th of July without a potato salad on the table? This one has hard-boiled eggs, pickle relish, celery and onion, mustard, and your choice of mayo or Miracle whip (depending on which team you’re on when it comes to these two condiments).
  • The Best Baked Beans: This baked beans recipe is also a quick and easy one to prepare as it’s a “semi-homemade” recipe. But the addition of ground beef and plenty of bacon packs in the flavor!
  • The Easiest Tangy Cucumber Salad: This cucumber salad is light and tangy and a great side dish when you’re having some heavier items on the 4th of July. You may have seen variations of this recipe made with sliced red onions, but the use of chives in this one makes it very summery.
  • Berry Cobbler: This cobbler is tasty and festive with its blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, and raspberries. And the biscuit topping is yummy! Just serve it with some vanilla ice cream!
  • Red, White, and Blue Popsicles: If you have kids, consider making these Red, White, and Blue Popsicles. Fresh fruit and yogurt help to keep them healthy!
  • Watermelon Punch: This Watermelon Punch is perfect for adults and kids – and so refreshing!
  • Blueberry Lemonade Margaritas: If you’re looking for an alcoholic beverage to serve on Independence Day, go with these Blueberry Lemonade Margaritas! They have just enough pucker power!

The 4th of July has a lot of traditions attached to it, and good food is definitely one of them! Try a few of these recipes this year and add some new family favorites to your menu.

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