Cue the cookouts and fireworks: Independence Day is coming our way! Not going to lie, my favorite part about pretty much any holiday is the food. Freshly grilled burgers with glorious melted cheese? I'm in. Cake with red, white and blue decorations? You had me at "cake," to be honest.
Much to my taste buds' enjoyment, the selection of delicious Fourth of July recipes goes far beyond burgers and festive cakes. And for my wallet's satisfaction: Aldi, Trader Joe's, Costco and Amazon are among the most affordable grocery stores to visit when you need to stock up on ingredients.
Host your celebrations in patriotic style with these classic Fourth of July recipes:
For the pre-meal nibbles
Get your party off on the right foot with tasty snacks to keep the stomach rumbles at bay. Of course, the classic chip-and-dip options always go down well at Fourth of July gatherings. Pick up some blue corn chips for a festive pairing with the salsa. A fruit salad is another summer favorite that's easy to make, with the aptly colored berry family always making an appearance at July 4 celebrations.
Delish served up some deliciously festive appetizer recipes, including a watermelon Caprese salad, patriotic brie, bacon-wrapped pickles, burger stuffed mushrooms, mini BLT cups and strawberry salsa. Country Living also curated some creative red-white-and-blue apps, including berry and cream cheese finger sandwiches, dyed deviled eggs, patriotic popcorn, Fourth of July salsa and American flag vegetable tray.
For the main attraction
Crank up the grill - it's time for a good old-fashioned American barbecue! We're talking burgers, hot dogs, ribs, pulled pork, chicken wings, beef brisket, kabobs and veggie skewers. Good Housekeeping grilled up plenty of easy BBQ recipe ideas to spice up the usual hot dogs and burgers, including BBQ chicken and cheddar burgers, grilled Reuben dogs, BBQ brisket sandwiches, cayenne grilled eggplant and barbecued shrimp and peach kabobs.
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For the side dishes
It isn't the Fourth of July without potato salad, slaw and corn on the cob. From bacon to pesto to Old Bay, kick it up a notch this year with thesegenius grilled corn topping ideas from Delish. These campfire baked beans from Good Housekeeping are also the perfect side dish for your cookout. And when you're still in need of some side dish inspiration, Cooking Light has the good stuff.
For the sweet ending
Save room for dessert, because Food Network supplied plenty of sweet patriotic inspiration. From flag cakes to trifle and Daquiris to Jell-O, there's a lot you can do with a red, white and blue theme. When in doubt, berries and cream paired with any cake, cookie or pie crust makes for an easy Fourth of July treat. And, of course, you can't go wrong with reigning summer classics like ice cream and s'mores.
For the dietary restrictions
Make sure your party is a winner for everyone, serving up food for all kinds of eaters. Vegan Heaven created vegan-approved recipes for fruit salad, veggie burgers, wings, pasta salad and more. Taste of Home has lots of vegetarian recipe inspiration, and Pure Wow shared festive keto-friendly dishes that even carb lovers will enjoy.
Here's one last festive tip: When the dish doesn't call for red, white or blue ingredients, use American flag toothpicks, star-shaped cookie cutters and festive serving plates to amp up the celebratory feel.
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