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.

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

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.

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.

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!

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.

Red, White, and Blue Tart

Better Homes and Gardens

With ready-to-roll sugar cookie dough, fresh fruits, and lemon-cream filling, this dessert is quick to make.

4th of July  Recipes: Take your pick!
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