June 28, 2017 Samantha

13 Best 4th Of July Recipes

Independence Day is quickly approaching, which means celebrations filled with fireworks, family, fun, and FOOD! When it comes to 4th of July recipes, you typically think of grilled meat, fresh fruit, and a multitude of “salads” (potato, pasta, etc). While we know everybody loves those foods, we wanted to showcase some less traditional, more elevated, patriotic recipes that will really make your food stand out (whether at the neighborhood gathering, family function, or even your red-white-and-blue wedding). Check out our favorite 13 best 4th of July recipes!

 

Appetizers
Start the holiday meal off with light, fresh, and delicious summer ingredients, and get your guests craving the other 4th of July recipes you have in store.

Tomato Watermelon Gazpacho summer garden whipped white bean dip Tomato, Salami and Chunky Arugula-Basil Pesto Bruschetta
Tomato Watermelon Gazpacho with Pistachios and Basil Oil Summer Garden Whipped White Bean Dip Tomato, Salami and Chunky Arugula-Basil Pesto Bruschetta

 

 

Mains & Sides
The main event (or those accompanying it) don’t have to be the same ole, same ole. However if you crave those classics, but want to give them a twist, try some of these amazing 4th of July recipes to kick it up a bit!

 

Blue and White Potato Gnocchi with Fresh Red Tomato Sauce

Blue and White Potato Gnocchi with Fresh Red Tomato Sauce

 

tomato ricotta phyllo tart

Tomato Ricotta Phyllo Tart

 

GRILLED CORN WITH SRIRACHA AIOLI

Grilled Corn with Sriracha Aioli

 

CILANTRO LIME CHICKEN SLIDERS WITH TOMATO GUACAMOLE

Cilantro Lime Chicken Sliders with Tomato Guacamole

 

Grilled Salmon with Strawberry Jalapeño Salsa

Grilled Salmon with Strawberry Jalapeño Salsa

 

 

Desserts
Fresh fruit is great for any patriotic sweet treat, but if you can elevate it a little more, that can make it even more appealing! There are plenty of great dessert 4th of July recipes to choose from, but these are some of the most mouth-watering we could find (and easy to pass out and eat in a party setting)!

 

Caramel Apple Pie Cupcakes Red White and Blueberry Cheesecake Bars July 4th Popsicles
Caramel Apple Pie Cupcakes, cause what’s more American than apple pie?! Add red, white, and blue decorations to really bump this into a real 4th of July recipe! Cheesecake that’s bite-sized, in the colors of the holiday, and filled in with fresh summery fruits makes for a perfect patriotic recipe for a dessert! A frozen treat on a hot summer day, in true 4th of July colors, make this popsicle a great dessert for kids and adults alike!

 

 

Cocktails
What’s a true American celebration without some spirits to liven it up? There are plenty of amazingly delicious cocktails out there, but these are our favorite liquid patriotic recipes (and they’ve got the red, white, and blue to prove it).

 

Sangria in Rosé, Bourbon, and Blue

Sangria in Rosé, Bourbon, and Blue

Fruity rosé, Grand Marnier, and bourbon mixed with some oj, cherries, blueberries, and more make for a tasty summer-time Sangria!

 

4th of July Martini

4th of July Martini

This super simple Martini mixes vodka, triple sec, and curacao for a delicious treat!

 

Your Denver special events planner Blue Linden wants to wish you and yours a wonderfully happy 4th of July – and we hope you use one or two of these awesome recipes to celebrate America! Tell us if you do by using the social media buttons below!

4th of July fireworks

 

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Samantha Sami (to those she knows and loves) holds a BA in English and freelance writes on anything that tickles her fancy, but she holds a special place in her soul for Blue Linden and its owner/operator Wanda. When Samantha is not writing to her little heart’s content, she’s reading (or knitting) like a mad woman, lovin’ on her furbaby Lucy, and soaking up every moment with her as husband as they travel the world together.
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