Seven Festive Recipes for Your 4th of July Feast
On July 4th, 1776, the Congressional Congress approved the Declaration of Independence. That document launched the 13 colonies on the road to becoming a free and sovereign nation. Today, celebrate this historical event with your friends, family, kids and neighbors as you serve seven festive recipes.
Red Potato Salad adds color to your serving table. To prepare it, cut 2 pounds of red potatoes into 1-inch cubes and bake them at 400 degrees in a greased pan for 30 minutes or until they’re tender. After they cool for 15 minutes, transfer them to a large bowl and toss them with 1 medium chopped onion, 4 sliced hard-cooked eggs, 6 cooked and crumbled bacon strips, 1 cup mayonnaise, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Cover and refrigerate for several hours.
Festival Fruit Salad offers a nourishing side dish that’s also seasonally colorful. In a serving bowl, combine 1-1/2 cups seedless red grapes, 1-1/2 cups green grapes, 1-1/2 cups fresh blueberries, 1-1/2 cups halved fresh strawberries, 1/2 cup fresh raspberries and an 8-ounce can of drained pineapple chunks. Thaw a 10-ounce can of frozen non-alcoholic pina colada mix and combine it in a separate bowl with 1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 cup pineapple-orange juice, 1/8 teaspoon almond extract and 1/8 teaspoon coconut extract. Toss the fruit in the liquid before chilling it thoroughly.
BLT Dip tastes delicious and looks inviting when you serve it alongside veggies and crackers. In a serving bowl, preferably blue to fit the theme, combine 2 cups sour cream, 2 cups mayonnaise, 2 pounds cooked and crumbled bacon, 6 chopped plum tomatoes and 3 chopped green onions. Chill the dip until you’re ready to serve the patriotic snack.
Caprese Kabobs add splashes of red and white to your menu. To assemble them, collect 12 wooden skewers. Thread each one alternately with two grape tomatoes, one fresh mozzarella cheese ball and 2 basil leaves. Drizzle the assembled skewers with a mixture of 2 tablespoons olive oil and 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar then serve.
Patriotic Layered Drink washes down your meal in a festive way. Fill 1/3 full with 1 cup of red cranberry juice. Add enough ice to reach the top of the glass, and then slowly pour 1 cup white pina colada flavored drink and 1 cup blue Gatorade directly over the ice.
Firecracker Milkshakes add a pop of flavor and color to your feast. Into large glasses, place a scoop of vanilla ice cream followed by 1/3 packet of Pop Rocks candy. Repeat the layers two more times, then pour 1 cup chilled lemon-lime soda on top before enjoying immediately.
Flag Cake is a colorful dessert that starts with a prepared white cake. Cover the cake with white icing, and place strawberries or raspberries in rows to make the flag’s red stripes. Cover the top left corner with blueberries and enjoy.
With these colorful goodies, your July 4th feast is sure to be a big hit. Each recipe offers a patriotic reminder of your country’s birthday and helps you celebrate your freedom with your friends and family. What’s your favorite July 4th recipe?