4th of July

Celebrating the Fourth of July with a party or picnic? From all-American BBQ to all-star salads, snacks, and desserts, these party and picnic recipes will add patriotic flair to your Fourth.

Cucumber White Sangria

Midwest Living

Garden flavor infuses this refreshing make-ahead white wine cocktail. Entertain guests all summer long with this just-sweet-enough sip.

Smokehouse Ice Cream

Better Homes and Gardens

This yummy dessert has a rich, faintly smoky flavor courtesy of wood-smoked bacon mixed into the custard.

Italian Basil, Tomato, and Pasta Salad

Better Homes and Gardens

This fresh side salad recipe, perfect for a potluck or cookout, uses lots of basil. Make it when basil is in full supply, in the garden or at the market, during the height of summer.

Grilled Beef Burgers

Better Homes and Gardens

For a fun dinner, try these burgers that combine beer and pretzels with the beef.

Corn Bread

Better Homes and Gardens

There's a number of tweaks you can perform on the basic recipe and still end up with a delicious treat. Try adding cheddar cheese and chile peppers for a version with a hint of heat.

Mini S'mores

Better Homes and Gardens
Total: 15 mins

Marsala Poached Pears with Spiced Creme Fraiche

Better Homes and Gardens

Slow cooker desserts are the best stress-free option for dinner parties. This poached pear only gets sweeter when topped with a spoonful of cool creme fraiche on top.

Coleslaw with a Twist

Better Homes and Gardens

Red sweet peppers and carrots mixed with green and red cabbages give this side dish salad color. For the dressing, mix lime or lemon juice into mayonnaise for extra pizzazz. Make and refrigerate the salad up to 1 day before serving.

Grilled Avocados

Better Homes and Gardens

This quick to fix side dish features avocados stuffed with a spicy Monterey Jack cheese mixture.

Fruit Compote

Family Circle

While this slow cooker crumble tastes incredible with its oat topping, the compote would also be lovely mixed into oatmeal or yogurt.

Chili Powder Chicken with Cilantro Cream

Better Homes and Gardens

On a heat scale of 1 to 10, these chicken strips are an 8. If your palate prefers something cooler, dip them in the herbed sour cream before taking a bite.

Mixed-Berry Tiramisu Cake

Family Circle

To make this dessert even more tiramisu-like, sprinkle a bit of espresso powder on top along with the cocoa powder.

Firecracker Party Cake

Better Homes and Gardens

This pretty, patriotic party cake will draw more eyes than the fireworks!

Lemon-Meringue Beehives

Better Homes and Gardens

Your kids can help fill the cooled meringues with a little lemon curd and berries.

Rhubarb-Pineapple Crumble

Better Homes and Gardens

Irresistible! A ginger-spiced crumb topping completes a luscious fruit dessert.

Wiggler Jigglers

Better Homes and Gardens

Cut these colorful wiggly gelatin snacks in many different shapes. Kids will love them!

4th of July  Recipes: Take your pick!
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