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.

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.

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.

Grilled Beef Burgers

Better Homes and Gardens

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

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.

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

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.

Mandarin-Berry Salad

Better Homes and Gardens

This Asian-inspired side salad goes well with chicken or fish.

Total: 30 mins

Squash and Farro Salad

Family Circle

This salad is superfood central. Vitamin-rich butternut squash, farro, cranberries and kale join forces for a hearty yet healthy dinner.

Double Cherry Slab Pie

Better Homes and Gardens

A combination of frozen and dried cherries make this fruit pie possible any day of the year. Feel free to substitute fresh for frozen when available!

Berry Flag Tart

Better Homes and Gardens

Think of this patriotic berry tart as a more showy take on a lattice-topped berry pie.

Raspberry-Hazelnut Meringue Torte

Better Homes and Gardens

What a spectacular way to end a meal! The fantastic combination of fresh raspberries and hazelnuts add a light flavor to the crowd-pleasing meringue crust of this dessert.

Rhubarb Upside-Down Cake

Better Homes and Gardens

To celebrate the homey, garden-to-table nature of this simple cake, serve it warm from the oven.

Blueberry-Cherry Buckle

Family Circle

This buckle, named for the crumbly (or buckling) streusel topping, has a layer of fresh fruit peeking out of the middle of the cake batter.

Bratwurst with Onions

Better Homes and Gardens

The slow-grilled, slightly smoky flavor will make these the best brats at the summer barbecue.

Grilled Skillet Peach Pie

Better Homes and Gardens

The peaches are grilled then made into a filling for this fresh fruit pie. Serve it for dessert on a summer evening.

4th of July  Recipes: Take your pick!
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