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.

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.

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.

Cookie-Fruit Crisp

Better Homes and Gardens

This fruit crisp recipe is crowned with rounds of cookie dough kneaded in graham cracker crumbs. Powdered sugar icing is drizzled over the entire dessert for a finishing touch.

Garlic Asiago Salad

Better Homes and Gardens

This quick-fix, fresh romaine lettuce salad is ready to serve with dinner in 20 minutes.

Total: 20 mins

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.

4th of July  Recipes: Take your pick!
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