The Fourth of July automatically turns our thoughts to picnics, barbecues, parties and celebrations, all of which include lots of great food. Here are some great recipes you might enjoy preparing this Forth of July whether you’re staying home or going out, these recipes are sure to be a hit no matter who is dishing them up.
Appetizer: Smoked Salmon Cherry Tomatoes – This is a great recipe to start off the day full of great food, I love creative ways to stuff cherry tomatoes. These little red bites can be packed full of flavor and are simple enough to make. An elegant finger food that will surly be a bright and festive addition at any celebration or any time you want to serve them. Preparing them ahead can save you time that can be better spent enjoying yourself outside the kitchen.
Salad: Red, White and Blue Slaw – This is a refreshing salad that is perfect for a Forth of July celebration or for that matter, any time at all. This is a wonderful blend of flavors and I enjoy making it as often as I can. This is a bit different from your usual coleslaw recipes with the addition of the tomatoes, bacon bits and blue cheese crumbles, which is my favorite part, there is nothing like the flavor of good blue cheese.
Side Dish: Forth of July Bean Casserole – This recipe could not be reviewed better than it was by Donna Fancher, Lawrence, Indiana. The outstanding barbecue taste of these beans makes them a favorite for cookouts all summer and into the fall. It’s a popular dish with everyone, even kids. Having meat in with the beans is so much better than plain pork and beans. It just wouldn’t be a celebration without a bowl of beans and this is a great recipe packed full of flavor and a welcome change from the usual.
Grilling: Kielbasa Chicken Kabobs – This is a great recipe that can be switched around to suit your taste. You can make whatever substitutions that work for you, chicken instead of beef, pineapple juice in place of orange juice and whatever vegetables that you like. Use this recipe as a beginning guideline, make it as is or switch it up, but whatever ends up on those skewers will be delicious once it hits the grill.
Dinner: Grilled Rubbed Pork – Pork, the other white meat is something we enjoy and there are so many great ways you can cook it. Here is a recipe for a rub that is both sweet and spicy, which is a kick that my family enjoys. What I love about this recipe is that it makes great leftover sandwiches the next day, that is if there are any leftovers. This dish is rated as healthy and quick and includes a diabetic exchange.
Dessert: Red, White and Blue Berry Pie – This has been said to be the epitome of summer because this is such a colorful pie made up of bright blueberries and raspberries. What Fourth of July party would be complete without this festive dish. Red, White and Blue whatever you’re cooking, it is a day of celebration and regardless of the color of your food celebrating with family and friends is greatly complimented with whatever you have cooked up . Here are some great ways to trim your pie crust: Five Easy Pie Trims
Well, there you have a complete meal plan that you might like to try this Forth of July and if you don’t get the chance to do so this year, why not give them a try for your next weekend meal. Give yourself some time to sit back and enjoy those around you while serving this tasty meal idea.
From my kitchen to yours….That’s what’s cooking!