The Only 4th of July Recipes You Need

The 4th of July

Cue the fireworks; we've got the only recipes you need to celebrate the 4th of July! We're keeping things quick, easy & fresh this year so you can spend less time in the kitchen and more time celebrating.
5 Ingredient Appetizers
Watermelon, Feta and Pesto Salad Skewers
Is there anything more refreshing than ice cold watermelon on a hot day? Add salty feta and herbaceous pesto from Blue Moose of Boulder and you have the ultimate summer salad that's easy to serve! Plus, put those watermelon scraps to good use in an icy Watermelon & Rosé slushie. Sponsored
Blackberry, Goat Cheese & Honey Crostini by @withfoodandlove
This recipe calls for pickled blackberries but feel free to skip that step if you are short on time. Just slather some goat cheese on toasted bread, top with blackberries, a drizzle of honey and salt and pepper.
Our summer motto? When in doubt, just add burrata.
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Crowd Pleasing Cocktails
Red White and Blue Sangria by @gimmesomeoven
The festive stars are made using green apples and a cookie cutter!
Spiked Blueberry and Basil Lemonade by @whatshouldimakefor
The basil simple syrup keeps this refreshing summer cocktail from being too sweet.
Boozy Peach Sorbet Floats by @kitchconfidante
A cross between a cocktail & dessert with lots of rum for good measure.
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Make Ahead Mains & Sides
Grilled Rib Eye Steaks with Cheese and Herb Compound Butter by @whatsgabycookin
Make this super flavorful compound butter ahead (would be great on burgers, too!). When cooking rib eye, we like to salt the beef overnight (but at least one hour before cooking works too) and allow it to sit on a rack in the fridge uncovered before grilling.
Red, White and Blue Potato Salad by @heatherchristo
This tangy red wine vinegar and grainy mustard based potato salad is a welcome change from the standard mayo based version. Plus, there is bacon!
Blackened Salmon Caprese Skewers by @howsweeteats
You could make these right before eating, or cook them the morning of your party and serve chilled over salad.
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Grand Finale Desserts!
Watermelon Cake with Vanilla Bean Whipped Cream and Fresh Berries
Refreshing watermelon + vanilla scented whipped cream = the ultimate simple summer dessert!
Red, White and Blue Trifle with Basil Whipped Cream
The cakes we used are naturally dyed with freeze dried berry powder! Also, if you haven't made basil infused whipped cream, be sure to give it a try this summer.
Amanda shows us what easy entertaining is all about. This Patriotic pie will feed (& please) a crowd!
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