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July 4th Recipes

June 26th, 2013 - 2:57 PM

Recipes for July 4th

July 4th is a holiday that just lends itself to fun food. From the red, white, and blue theme, to picnics and barbeques, it’s just a fun food holiday. While you celebrate Independence Day, why not whip up some of these July 4th Recipes for your family? I found some great recipes for the whole day – from breakfast, to side dishes, desserts and more!

4th of July Recipes for Breakfast

In my hometown, the 4th of July starts of bright and early with a 5K run. Whether your day will start with a fun activity like that, or if you plan on sleeping in and having brunch, these recipes would be really festive for your 4th of July.

I love these red velvet pancakes with blueberries from I Am Baker. First off, they sound divine. But they are also super festive! She also uses blueberry syrup on them for an extra fun touch!


Red velvet pancakes with blueberries
If you don’t want to get out the griddle, you can just assemble a delicious breakfast! Kate at Osito put some donut holes and fruit on a skewer. Not only do they look awesome, but they are festive with the red, white, and blue fruit. You could easily switch it up with other fruits too, but I think the strawberries, bananas, and blueberries look like Independence Day to me!


Donut and fruit skewers

Another great patriotic breakfast idea is the 4th of July toast from Taste and Tell. This looks delightful and easy to make. Just cream cheese, jam, and fruit on top of toast – doesn’t get much easier than that!


July 4th toast

July 4th Recipes for a BBQ

One of my favorite July 4th activities is having friends and family over for a big barbeque. You can do much more than just hot dogs on the grill! Check out these yummy grilled treats!

Dixie Crystals has a yummy recipe for pork sliders with coleslaw that would be sure to please your guests at your barbeque. I also like to add a bread and butter pickle slice for a little tang!

If you want your food to play on the firecracker idea, Food Wishes has a recipe for Cherry Bomb Chicken that is fireworks inspired (and a little spicy!).
If you love a good burger, you can get creative there too! If you want to be patriotic, these Red, White, and Blue (Cheese) burgers will do the trick! That’s So Jenn has a 4th of July recipe topped with tomatoes, onions, and blue cheese! Excuse me while I wipe the drool from my face.

For a twist on the classic burger, how about trying these buffalo chicken burgers from Kalamazoo Gourmet? I love that they even incorporate the classic side of celery into the spread with a celery seed mayo. Very unique!


Buffalo chicken burger recipe

If you are feeding a crowd, I love the idea of a burger buffet! Just make tons of little sliders, and set out all the toppings. Guests can create their own burger. You can find out how to set up a burger bar from Create Celebrate Explore.


July 4th burger bar

4th of July Recipes for Side Dishes

Often we put so much effort into the entrée that the sides get ignored. Sure, store bought coleslaw is fine, but these side dishes will shine at your 4th of July picnic or barbeque.

You may have seen the traditional potato skins before, but for a unique spin, try these sweet potato skins from Gourmet Beauty. They are loaded with turkey bacon and cheddar cheese, and they look so perfect.

I have searched high and low for the perfect baked bean recipe, and I’ve found it. These disappear at my barbeques faster than you can blink! The Old Settlers’ Baked Beans from Taste of Home will compliment any burger or rib you throw at it. I actually use red beans instead of the kidney beans for a little different twist as well.

And don’t forget about the drinks! Sure, you will want to set out some water and iced tea, but this Independence Punch from Big Bear’s Wife looks so neat in a pitcher or dispenser.


July 4 Bomb Pop punch
July 4th Salad Recipes

If you are eating healthy, or just want to offer some lighter fare, these salads are lovely and festive.

This salad from Krista Stiver includes the summer fruits strawberries and blueberries, with feta cheese and cucumber stars!


4th of July salad

If you want a more substantial salad, try the patriotic taco salad from Taste of Home. It would feed a crowd, and it would be easy to make a flag with the toppings!


July 4 Taco Salad

And of course, you have surely seen plenty of fruit salads with red, white and blue fruit…but this watermelon, feta, balsamic salad from I Can Cook That is not only simple to make, but a distinctive spin on the traditional strawberry/blueberry mixture.

4th of July Dessert Recipes

The highlight of any meal (at least in my opinion!) is dessert. July 4th lends itself to really fun desserts. Sure, you can open up a box of Bomb Pops®, or you can make one of these fun desserts.

I love fruit pies in the summer time, and the Stars and Stripes pie from Hoosier Homemade features cherries and blueberries (along with a neat trick for making the pie into a flag!). I’ll take a slice with ice cream, please!


July 4th recipe for flag pie

If you have kids at your get-together, they will love the stained glass jello from A Cook’s Quest. You could even cut them into star shapes for an added special touch!


Fourth of July Jello<sup>®</sup>

If you prefer non-fruity desserts (like my husband), these firecracker kabobs from Bowdabra Blog are made of krispie treats and colored white chocolate. Yum!


July 4th rice krispies

I hope these July 4th recipes make your gathering a delight! We would love to hear all about your festivities. Leave us a comment telling us which dishes you are going to add to your July 4th menu!