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21 Easy Recipes Perfect for the 4th of July

1. Patriotic Sugar Cookie Bars

If America’s founding fathers could have chosen a cookie to represent our Independence Day, I’m pretty sure they would have chosen these!

 

2. All-American Hamburger

Via Delish

What’s a 4th of July without hamburgers? Ingredients in this hamburger patty include bread and milk, which creates burgers that are juicy and tender even when well-done. Now, fire up the grill.

 

3. Patriotic Deviled Eggs

The dash of onion powder in these deviled eggs gives the eggs an extra burst of flavor—but it’s really all about the dye. Add 20 drops of food coloring per 1/2 cup of water. Let the peeled eggs sit in food coloring mixture for 2 hours.

 

4. Grilled Sweet Corn with Chili-Lime Honey Butter

Grill the sweet corn to bring out a smokey contrast to the corn’s natural sweet flavor. Then, smear with chili lime honey butter. The extra sprinkle of salt, and spritz of lime juice at the end make this simple side dish insanely delicious.

 

5. Grilled Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Jalapeno

These appetizers get the nickname “bomb bomb” because of the delicious combination between the jalapeño spice, creamy filling, and savory bacon. It’s like an explosion in your mouth.

 

6. Easy Patriotic Trifle Dessert

Trifles are so easy, so delicious, and so pretty. Mix it up a little and make homemade whipped cream and try banana pudding instead. Just don’t let the trifle sit too long before indulging—it does get soggy.

 

7. Cold Cucumber Soup with Yogurt & Dill

Who says you can’t have soup during the dog days of summer? Here’s a cold cucumber soup that gets its tang, creaminess, and lightness from Greek yogurt and lots of fresh herbs.

 

8. Garlic, Bacon, and Beer Macaroni & Cheese

The depth of flavor in this dish is unbelievable! Get your stretchy pants on, because you’ll want to have seconds (or thirds). We recommend using a stout beer, like Guinness.

 

9. Grilled Chicken with Cherry Salsa

Since cherries come in season only once a year, take advantage of these berries and give this chicken recipe a sweet kick.

 

 

10. Best Ever French Onion Dip

 

This dip’s secret weapon is a homemade garlic and onion powder—and it’s so easy to make! The result is like no French onion dip you’ve had before.

 

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11. Fourth of July Flag Lasagna Recipe

Via SheKnows

This lasagna is a good alternative to typical patriotic-looking foods like cookies and cakes. Once it’s done, add olives for stars and use a small spoon to make stripes with the remaining sauce.

 

12. Best Baked Beans

The key to this dangerously delicious dish is the pineapple, which offers a sweet burst of flavor—a great substitute for sugar.

 

13. Creamy Potato Salad

Via Food.com

This may be the best potato salad you’ll ever make. The relish gives the dish an added tang.

 

14. Firecracker Dogs

This recipe was designed for the kiddos, but make sure you prepare enough for the adults, because they’re going to love these just as much!

 

15. Should Be Illegal Oven BBQ Ribs

Via KitchMe

A great July 4th BBQ recipe for those who don’t have a grill. These ribs call for a coating of semi-dry paste and cooking for only an hour. Make sure to stir occasionally. The secret to their deliciousness really is in the sauce!

 

16. Prosciutto Lamb Burgers

If you like non-traditional hamburgers, add these lamb burgers to your 4th of July menu. The flavor of the prosciutto along with the balsamic vinegar makes for an outstanding taste without the carbs.

 

 

17. Red, White, and Blue Fudge Stars

Whip out those silicone molds. Here’s a coconut and chocolate dessert everyone will love. Divide the mixture into three bowls and use food coloring for a festive treat. Tip: Use white chocolate fudge since it’s easier to color and mold.

 

18. Grilled Pesto Chicken & Tomato Skewers

What we love about this recipe is that it’s gluten-free and paleo—perfect for even the pickiest eater. The key to making the chicken so flavorful is to marinate it in the pesto for as long as possible, even overnight.

 

19. Hearty Beef Taco Salad

Here’s a taco dish filling enough to serve as a meal or a side dish. The sweet and tangy flavor of the Catalina dressing, combined with the salty, crunchy chips makes this salad a standout dish perfect for a summer party.

 

20. Cherry Summer Kale Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette

Use blueberries, cherries, and feta cheese to create a red, white & blue Kale salad. It’s a combination that brings together sweet and salty in the most delicious way.

 

21. Flag Cake

This classic is a must-have at any July 4th gathering!

 

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