Happy 4th of July Recipes

Happy 4th of July Recipes 5 Rating(s)

4th of july recipes, 4th of july dessert, happy 4th of julyHappy 4th of July!  Some of my favorite memories as a child are of 4th of July holidays.  My parents always woke us up with 4th of July music blaring (from the record player – yes, that old thing that played round discs) – patriotic favorites by John Wayne, marches by John Philip Sousa and songs by Lee Greenwood, and more.

Most often we had plans to gather with family and friends later in the day for a cookout, games, fireworks (in those days we could shoot them off even in the city), and always some homemade ice cream.

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Dad was king of the barbeque grill, getting the charcoal started and keeping a close eye on things (after getting the homemade ice cream process started, of course), while mom busily worked away in the kitchen prepping all the side dishes and some sort of dessert to go with the ice cream for the evening.

I remember decorating our little wagon and / or bicycles with 4th of July decorations (homemade – always), proudly strutting our patriotism down the street and around the yard while the adults gathered and visited.

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We hope your family and friends are planning to gather and celebrate our country’s heritage.  Whether gathering with a few or a large group, here are some of our favorite 4th of July recipes for dishing up (including appetizers, desserts, and BBQ or grilling dishes).

1. Grilled Chicken Kabobs – sweet pineapple with peppers and onions create a sweet chicken dish perfect for serving over rice, too.

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2. Macaroni and Cheese – this dish is really easy enough to make for yourself with fresh ingredients!

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3. Provolone Burgers – if you normally serve hamburgers, try something a little different this year with this seasoned version.

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4. Potato Salad – whether looking for a traditional potato salad recipe or a lighter version, we have you covered.

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5. Baked Beans – southern style baked beans with bacon (if desired).

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6. Fruit Kabobs – these are refreshing, fun, and perfect both for the kids to help with and enjoy eating (and no recipe needed – simply skewer your favorite fruit chunks in a colorfully coordinated way and you’re done)!

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7. Red, White and Blueberry pie – a delicious cold, creamy pie with white chocolate filling, strawberries and blueberries.

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8. Blackberry Cobbler – fresh blackberries make this cobbler a special treat.

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9. Chocolate Coffee Ice Cream – homemade ice cream full of chocolate mocha flavor.

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10. Watermelon Berry Lemonade Cooler  – lemonade mix blended with fresh watermelon and strawberries.

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What are your favorite family traditions or fond memories of 4th of July?  What is a favorite dish that always reminds you of that holiday?

Remember you can organize all your favorite family recipes from holidays and get-togethers in your own free online family cookbook account right here at Dish Dish.


July 2nd, 2015

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