You don't need your own fireworks show to make your Fourth of July BBQ or party sparkle. Wow your family and friends with dishes that are fun, tasty, and put a little bit of a kaboom in your menu. Don't forget that cocktails and lemonade!
Crispy cheese stars are fun, easy to make, a perfect alongside your salad or as an appetizer. All you need is your favorite sliced cheese, flour tortillas, star cookie cutters, and a bit of chili powder or paprika to sprinkle on top. Stars are baked not fried, so you can enjoy nibbling with a little less guilt. Try dipping in guacamole, tomato sauce, or even a little sweet BBQ sauce. Click here for easy instructions and pictures.
Classic potato salad is always a favorite at BBQs. While you could go down to the store to grab a container full and save yourself the work, there’s not much better than homemade potato salad with just the right amount of celery, mustard, mayo, and even hard boiled egg. Russet potatoes are usually recommended, but any potato, even the deep purple or bite-sized reds, can make a fantastic salad. Try this recipe from Martha Stewart and even make your own mayonnaise if you’re up to it!
Everyone expects burgers and hot dogs for the holiday, but why not mix it up with choices like lamb burgers, buffalo burgers, or for a lighter, veggie option, zippy black bean burgers? Cumin, oregano, cayenne, and cilantro add zest to homemade black bean burgers. All you’ll need is a food processor, a taste for adventure and this recipe.
Ribs are loved not just for their meaty, sweet and tangy flavors but also for the good times that come with making a mess while you eat them. Try this recipe for ribs with a tomato-based sauce. Don’t forget the extra napkins!
Summer tastes like fresh berries. All your guests will love a parfait of strawberries, blueberries, and cream, especially when its all served up looking like Old Glory. This dessert is easy, quick, and great for the kids to either help with or take on themselves. This sweet yet light dessert will definitely bring requests for seconds! .