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Party Foods for the Fourth of July

Updated on July 27, 2013

Foods to Celebrate Red, White, and Blue Day!

Who doesn't love a great Fourth of July celebration? (Of course these same tips apply for Labor Day, Memorial Day or any other patriotic get-together.) I've certainly eaten my share of grilled burgers or hot dogs over the years and had a fine time doing it; but how many of those celebrations are memorable? If you want your party to be not only a fun celebration of Independence Day, but a memorable event, you need to have some great food. If you are planning on hot dogs and hamburgers from the grill, I have some grilling tips to make your menu a success. Need some easy snack ideas or an unusual dessert to fit your theme party? From appetizers and punch to fabulous red, white, and blue desserts, there are recipes collected here to help you plan a fun and fabulous gathering for friends or family. For some unique and tasty treats for the 4th, read on!

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How to Make a Flag Cake

Flag cakes are a great addition to your celebration. This video shows you how easy it is to make this impressive dessert.

This makes a cool delicious treat for holiday time or any summertime get-together. Fresh strawberries and fresh bluberries make it special, but you could also make this with frozen and still have a good dessert.

Ingredients

  • 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/3 cup lime juice
  • 2 tsp. grated lime peel
  • 2 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 2 cups plain yogurt
  • 1 pint strawberries
  • sliced
  • 1 pint blueberries

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl combine the sweetended condensed milk, yogurt, lime juice, grated lime peel, and marshmallows. Add half the mixture to a 13x9 inch pan. Arrange half of the strawberries and blueberries over this, then cover with the remaining milk mixture and the rest of the fruit. Cover well with foil and place in the freezer until firm. Remove 10 minutes before cutting.
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Nancy's Light July 4th Pie

1 Angel food cake, torn in small pieces

1 large instant vanilla pudding

3 cups skim milk

8 oz. light frozen non-dairy whipped topping

1 can light cherry or blueberry pie filling

Put cake pieces in 9x13 glass dish. Mix pudding and milk and add whipped topping. Pour mixture over cake. Top with pie filling. Refrigerate before serving.

Find More Red, White, and Blue Recipes

There are many links to fabulous red, white, and blue recipes available. One great visually appealing dessert like the American flag tart featured at a link below can help make your Fourth of July party one that will be remembered.

Make Perfect Grilled Burgers Every Time

This video gives simple directions for grilling the juciest burgers ever. Have you ever wondered how to keep your burgers from puffing up and looking more like a meatball than a bun-ready burger? Find the simple chef secret here. He also explains how to use an easy test to know if your burger is cooked to medium or medium rare.

Hot Dog! - Tips for Great Dogs from the Grill

Hot dogs are always welcome at a Fourth of July cookout, but make sure yours turn out just right by following these easy grilling tips.

Charcoal or Gas?

What's best for grilling: charcoal or gas?

Don't Want to Choose Between Gas and Charcoal? - Use Both!

With a full-size charcoal grill as well as a full-size gas grill, you'll have the best of both worlds with this combination grill. (You can also add a side firebox to this grill and have a smoker to use). Great grilling in one package!

Add Some Red White and Blue Atmosphere

Enhance the theme of your party with patriotic accessories. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Confetti Deviled Eggs

A perfect party food!

Deviled eggs are always a favorite and they are great for parties because they are easy to pick up and eat. This recipe is one that I have used lots of times. People love it, but don't know why these eggs taste so much better than most deviled eggs. (The secret is the the cheese).

6 hard boiled eggs

1/4 cup finely grated sharp cheese

2 T. pickle relish

1 T. finely grated (or finely minced) onion

5 T.mayonnaise

2 T. prepared mustard (or less if you prefer)

Cut eggs in half, then remove yolks and place in small bowl. Mash egg yolks, then blend with cheese, pickle, onion, mayonnaise, and mustard. (At this point I usually start taste-testing and may decide to add a dash of Worchestershire sauce, a little salt and pepper and maybe some celery salt. Vary to suit your own taste). Stuff egg whites with mixture. . Garnish with paprika. Enjoy!

The Perfect Platter for Your Deviled Eggs

To make your deviled eggs a highlight of the party use this beautiful platter. (It will come in handy for other patriotic holidays as well after you find out how much everyone loves your confetti deviled eggs!)

Photo credit:  boston_smith on flickr
Photo credit: boston_smith on flickr

Independence Day Punch

1 64-ounce bottle cranberry juice cocktail

1 24-ounce bottle sparkling cider

*2 liters ginger ale

1 orange, washed

1 16-ounce bag frozen strawberries and or blueberries (You can also use fresh strawberries and blueberries).

*Some of this is used for the ice ring

Instructions

A Day Ahead: Be sure to chill the cranberry juice, cider and ginger ale so that it will be ready for use.You will also need to make the ice ring. To do this, arrange the berries in a ring-style gelatin mold. Fill the mold with ginger ale; then freeze.

At Party Time: Pour the cranberry juice, cider, and ginger ale into a punch bowl. Halve the orange, squeezing one half of the juice into the punch. Cut the other half into slices and float them in the punch.

Unmold the ring. (Do this by carefully lowering the mold into a large bowl of warm water just long enough to loosen the ice ring). Place ring (flat side down) in your punch bowl and you are ready to serve your guests.

Enjoy!

Find a Great Punch Recipe for Your Party

Punch is a festive addition to your holiday party. There are so many colorful and delicious punch recipes to choose from; so whether you want a "family friendly" recipe or something with a little more "punch", you can find a recipe at one of these links.

Do you have some party suggestions or ideas you'd like to share? Post them here or just leave a note to let me know you stopped by. Hope you all have a happy 4th of July!

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      OrganicMom247 

      7 years ago

      Burgers for the 4th!! It is why I am alive!!!

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