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10 Recipes Sure to Make a Bang on July 4th

They’re bursting with flavor! Firework puns because…America.

Kitchn BerrySangria

Summer Berry Sangria from The Kitchn

Start off the 4th by serving up this summery and U-S-Amazing drink decked out in red and blue.

With the tartness of the berries mixed with the sweet sangria, this patriotic take on a summertime classic is sure to get the party going!

 

 

Love&LemonsKaleSalad

Watermelon & Avocado Kale Salad from Love & Lemons

Summer and watermelon go hand in hand. Looking for something light yet interesting enough to spice up your summer cookout?

Why not impress your guests with a little dose of creativity by pairing these surprising ingredients. Watermelon. Avocado. Kale. A little sweet, a little salty, and a ton of fresh flavor.

 

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How to Make Guacamole by I Am a Food Blog

Guacamole. Sure, it may not exactly be the first thing that comes to mind on 4th of July – but it IS a great alternative to the same old, boring dips-and-chips platter.

In contrast to other dips, it offers more nutrition while still packing a punch in the flavor category. Serve it up with your Summer Berry Sangria, and you’ve got yourself a dynamic duo. There are countless different guacamole preferences: chunky, smooth, zesty, hot, tomatoes vs. no tomatoes…the best part about making guacamole is that YOU are in control. Add as much or as little extra flavor as you like!

KitchnPotatoSalad

5 Mistakes to Avoid When Making Potato Salad – The Kitchn

Let’s discuss potato salad. It’s commonplace at summer gatherings. Not matter what the menu, it seems with any cookout comes this dish. People seem to either love it or hate it – but when done right, it can be an excellent complement to burgers, ribs, steak, etc. Here are a few simple, but crucial tips from the pros to make sure your potato salad makes a good impression on Saturday!

 

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“The BEST Homemade Burgers” by The Prairie Homestead

What food is more patriotic than an American classic?

The hamburger. Whether you like the simplicity of a burger and a bun, or prefer a more snazzy burger with all the bells and whistles, you can’t go wrong on the 4th with this cookout staple.

This sensationally-seasoned recipe had people raving. However….

 

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Bonus Recipe! The Nacho Burger from Food & Wine

…if you love over-the-top burgers, this is the one for you! From the ingenious mind of Chef Bobby Flay, this mouth-watering delight is complete with queso, jalapenos, salsa, AND tortilla chips. *crying* Never going back to a plain burger again.

Just be careful – with a burger like this, your guests will insist you throw a cookout EVERY weekend.

 

TheKitchnGrilledChicken

10 Tips for the Perfect Grilled Chicken by The Kitchn

Need a burger alternative? Try the other summer classic: BBQ chicken. This dish is sure to please just about every meat-loving guest. But take note: not all chicken is grilled equally. Be sure to follow this insightful advice provided by the folks at The Kitchn to insure your chicken turns out beautifully caramelized, juicy, and tender. (The secrets lie in the cut, the grill, and the sauce…)

 

Food52Cobbler

12 Crisps, Cobblers, and Crumbles – Food52

Crisps, cobblers, and crumbles..oh my! From Blackberry Apricot Cobbler, to Red, White, and Blue Fruit Crisp (shown here), Food52 is serving up recipes for all of your favorite summer fruits: peaches, berries, cherries, and more!

These recipes might even give your grandmother’s famous recipes some competition!

 

BromaBakeryAmericanPie

Miss American Pie from Broma Bakery

I’m just going to say it – you can’t go more American than pie. And this is the one to top them all. The creator of this red, white, and blue beauty even explains it as “so simple and yet so festive. You can bet that if you brought this to your 4th of July it would be the star of the table.”

And have no fear. This pie is simple enough for the most novice of bakers. From the creator: “holidays should be about stress-free entertaining, so a little store-bought crust is welcomed in my book.”

MyBakingAddictionGrilledPoundcake

Grilled Pound Cake with Pineapple & Passionfruit – My Baking Addiction

After all the hotdogs and hamburgers come off the grill, why not keep it going a little longer for this sweet treat! If you need another summery addition to your menu, try this tropical dessert with the island flavors of pineapple and passionfruit. The marriage of these sweet fruits and a slice of  grilled pound cake topped with yogurt, make this dessert lightly sweet-and-satisfying enough for any summer palate.

CRAVE-ing more ideas?

Try out these July 4th recipe collections from some of our favorite food blogs!

http://www.thekitchn.com/collection/july-4th-704

http://food52.com/blog/13132-13-last-minute-snack-ideas-for-celebrating-america-s-independence