Recipes for a Fourth of July Celebration

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The Fourth of July is a great time to celebrate with friends and family. By the Fourth, the summer season is well underway, and that means sunshine and garden-fresh vegetables, fruits, and berries. It means burgers on the grill, cool salads on ice, and scrumptious fresh fruit desserts or ice cream

If you are planning an Independence Day party, express your patriotism with themed flowers and decorations and delicious, all-American summer food. Use blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries to...MORE create themed desserts. Or decorate special treats with red, white, and blue sugars and sprinkles.

Picnic and Cookout Safety Tips

  • If you are taking cold food to a party, make sure you have enough ice in your cooler to keep it at 40 F or colder. Don't put the cooler in the hot trunk; keep it in the car. And when you get to the party, put the cooler in the shade.
  • If the party is outside, nestle bowls of cold salads in crushed ice to keep them cool for serving. 
  • If you are taking hot cooked food, make sure it is completely cooked and ensure it will stay above 140 F. Or chill cooked food, keep it cold, and reheat it to a temperature of at least 165 F when you get to the party.
  • See these safe cooking tips for more about meat temperatures and how to handle the leftovers.

Add some of these excellent all-American recipes to your celebration menu.


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    strawberry shortcake deconstructed with strawberry coulis and vanilla biscuits
    Diana Rattray

    Fresh sliced strawberries and syrup, freshly whipped cream, and little vanilla biscuits are the individual items in this scrumptious summer treat. This is a fun twist on the classic strawberry shortcake.

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    Lobster and Macaroni Salad
    Diana Rattray

    This is a fantastic summer pasta salad for a special occasion. Fresh boiled lobster is chopped and folded into a mayonnaise-dressed macaroni salad. It's like a lobster roll with pasta instead of bread!

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    Red White and Blue Ice Cream With Raspberry and Blueberry Jam
    Diana Rattray

    Homemade ice cream is a wonderful way to celebrate the 4th! Red raspberry sauce and chunky blueberry sauce create pretty swirls in this rich homemade vanilla ice cream.

    If you don't have an ice cream machine or don't have the time to make ice cream, consider a frozen pie. This frozen lemonade pie and peanut butter cup pie are excellent choices.

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    Red, White, and Blue Potato Salad
    Diana Rattray

    This red, white, and blue potato salad is the perfect salad for your Fourth of July cookout or picnic. Small firm potatoes make the perfect potato salad, and the three colors make it extra-festive.

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    Grilled burgers
    Diana Rattray

    Use ground chuck to make these juicy grilled hamburgers. Tomato juice gives these burgers extra moisture and flavor. Or, choose these juicy beef and bacon burgers, turkey burgers, or beefy burrito burgers.

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    Picnic Potato Salad
    Diana Rattray

    This egg potato salad with mayo and mustard is always a hit. It's a delicious potato salad that will take you back to your childhood. Or try this rich sour cream and dill red potato salad or a loaded baked potato salad. Potato salads go well with grilled steaks, burgers, chicken, and pork.

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    Carolina Slaw
    Diana Rattray

    This vinegar-based coleslaw makes a wonderful topping for pulled pork, and many people prefer it because it's lighter than a classic creamy coleslaw. Feel free to reduce the sugar content to suit your taste.

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    Grilled Salmon Burgers
    Diana Rattray

    Use a food processor or chopper to mince the salmon for these tasty burgers. Choose your favorite species of fresh salmon and serve the burgers with a spicy chili mayonnaise or remoulade sauce

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    hot dog toppings and sauce
    Diana Rattray

    Hot dogs on the grill will delight even the pickiest eaters. If you're doing a hot dog and burger party, this Coney Island sauce belongs on your menu. Serve it from the slow cooker along with bowls of fresh topping ingredients, condiments, and shredded cheese.

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    Grilled Eggplant
    Diana Rattray

    Balsamic vinegar, herbs, and extra virgin olive oil flavor this easy grilled eggplant. Use firm, fresh eggplants, or use a combination of zucchini or summer squash and eggplant.

    Most vegetables can be cooked on a gas or charcoal grill. Corn on the cob and asparagus are two very popular choices, or offer something different, like these whole sweet onions or sweet potatoes.

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    Blueberry Cobbler
    Diana Rattray

    This blueberry cobbler is a great way to enjoy summer berries. An old-fashioned peach cobbler is another fabulous summery option.

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    Raspberry and Blueberry Cake (Red, White, and Blue Cake)
    Diana Rattray

    This moist buttermilk Bundt cake is loaded with strawberries and blueberries. Top it off with a simple vanilla icing or dust it with powdered sugar.

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    iced tea with mint and lemon
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    Here's how to make a cooling Southern-style iced tea. Serve iced tea with lemon wedges and mint leaves for an attractive presentation. This blueberry lemonade is another refreshing choice for an Independence Day party. For the adults, consider this beautiful American Dream cocktail.

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    5 ingredient slow cooker beans with bacon
    Diana Rattray

    Cook these easy beans in your slow cooker and take them along to the cookout. Just plug the pot in when you get there and enjoy the celebration! Texas beans with beef is a heartier option.

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    Cucumber Slices With Sour Cream and Dill
    Diana Rattray

    This fresh sliced cucumber salad is a simple yet elegant salad that everyone will enjoy. Fresh chopped dill and sour cream bring out the flavor of the garden-fresh cukes.

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    Classic Macaroni Salad
    Diana Rattray

    This macaroni salad is a real crowd-pleaser. Feel free to add your own touches to this basic pasta salad mixture.