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This collection of 36 Star Spangles Recipes are all favorites for the 4th of July! Each one is easy to make and perfect a family celebration, block party, or cookout with some of your favorite friends.
When it’s time to celebrate one of the most fun, and festive holidays of the year, you know delicious food is going to be center stage
July 4th is that day! Every year, I look forward to this special holiday filled with red, white, and blue. There’s always lots of laughter, fun games, hot grills full of good food, and of course fireworks.
This year, I’ll be hosting an all-American cookout with our family and some friends. I’ll be serving summer classics like burgers and dogs along with new recipes that are full of fresh, farmer’s market produce.
Tips For The Best 4th Of July Celebration
- Make a plan for serving the food. Make sure that hot food stays hot and cold food stays cool. I use different size coolers inside and out to keep drinks, salads and dips cold. For hot foods, the crockpot is a lifesaver for serving up baked beans, hot dips, and chili for hot dogs.
- One of the best pieces of hosting advice I received years ago is this – always make sure you have enough ice on hand. I shop a couple of days ahead of time for what I’ll need.
- I like to burn citronella candles to warn off any flying critters that could spoil the fun. I also keep some non-toxic bug spray on hand as well.
- Shop your local Dollar Store or on Amazon for festive paper products with a red, white, and blue theme. Check out my Amazon Store for some of my favorites.
- I don’t get too fancy with serving platters and dishes. I keep things simple with items I already have since the food is the star of the show!
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Now, let’s get the celebration going…
Sauces and Marinades
With a beautiful golden color from mustard and a slight sweetness from brown sugar and honey, this sauce takes only 10 minutes to make.
Whether you slather it on chicken or ribs, burgers, wings, or veggies, this secret ingredient recipe will become your go-to any time you need to take your “sauce game” to a whole new level.
It’s creamy with a spicy kick that’s great as a dip for veggies, wings, fries, or just about anything you can think of.
When it’s time to add a little something special to a sandwich, burger or you want an above-average dip, this is the sauce you need.
Appetizers And Drinks
They are fun to serve as a salad and are so good alongside grilled fish or chicken and an excellent accompaniment to soups or sandwiches.
Southwest Ranch Dip is crazy delicious served with carrots, celery, and chips. Plus it’s awesome as a dressing, marinade, or a spread on burgers and wraps.
Mexican Corn Dip is creamy, cheesy with just the right amount of spice from chilies. Add a pop of fresh-squeezed lime and you’ve got a party in every bite.
Serve it as an appetizer with crunchy bread and cheese or as a dip with chips. It’s super versatile and makes the best topping for grilled burgers, sausages, chicken, and fish.
Made with fresh-squeezed lemon juice and simple syrup, this simple drink recipe is perfect to serve at parties, cookouts, during the holidays, or anytime you want a glass of something cool and delicious.
Whether served as a salad, a snack or added to your favorite sandwich or burger, this “no-canning” recipe is always a hit.
This cheesy, warm dip with swirls of fresh spinach and artichokes is a crowd-pleasing appetizer that’s perfect for your next party, game day celebration, or when you’re entertaining
This cheesy spread made with pimentos and just the right amount of peppery seasoning is perfect served with crackers, celery, as a sandwich, or slathered on a burger.
Celery sticks stuffed with cream cheese, bacon, herbs and cheddar cheese are outrageously good! Served as an appetizer or snack, this is a recipe that’s sure to become a favorite at parties, cookouts and family gatherings.
This easy dip recipe made with cheese, bacon, green onions, almonds and mayo is great to serve at parties, for game day or when you’re entertaining.
Little Smokies simmered in a sweet and tangy sauce are hard to resist and so simple to make! This 5-ingredient recipe is perfect for parties, game day, and the holidays.
Classic Deviled Eggs are taken to a whole new level with the addition of bacon! They’re creamy, decedent and totally irresistible. These perfect little bites are great for brunch, Easter, baby and wedding showers or anytime you’re throwing a party!
Made in the slow cooker or baked in the oven, this is one seriously delicious dip to serve any time of the year.
Salads And Sides
Tomato Cucumber Salad is a refreshing dish that packs a punch of fresh flavor. It’s simple to make with a bright dressing full of herbs. This is one delightful salad that’s like a burst of summer on your plate!
Serve it as a topping for burgers, dogs, pulled pork, and grilled sausages. It’s also an outstanding side dish for a weeknight meal.
This fresh and easy salad combines all the classic flavors of a Caprese Salad with pasta!
Spaghetti Salad is the perfect side dish for a party, potluck or when you’re feeding a crowd.
Fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, onion, and herbs tossed in a light creamy dressing with pasta make a salad that’s absolutely irresistible!
Waldorf Salad is a perfect side dish to serve any time of the year and is ideal for covered dish suppers, potlucks, or whenever you’re feeding a crowd.
Take your coleslaw to a whole new level with sweet, tangy cranberries and crunchy pecans. Mix in an apple and some savory, green onions then toss them all in a creamy dressing for a dish that will be a favorite at any gathering!
Macaroni Salad For A Crowd is an easy to make recipe that’s ideal for potlucks, covered dish suppers or entertaining. This simple recipe with pasta, onions, celery and a creamy dressing is always the first to disappear on the buffet table!
Finely chopped cabbage, tangy apple cider vinegar, sweetness from sugar, then pepper along with a dash of hot sauce make this one special dish that’s unique to our part of the country.
Served as a side dish or a dessert, this easy-to-make recipe is always a favorite at the holidays, potluck suppers, when you’re entertaining, and wedding or baby showers.
Fresh fruit tossed in a bright citrus dressing in just a hint of cinnamon is a great, easy-to-make dish when you’re feeding a crowd. It’s always one of the first dishes to go on my buffet table.
Pineapple Slaw is sweet and crunchy with a light dressing that will have you feeling like it’s summertime with every single bite! This quick and easy recipe is great to serve as a side dish, take to a covered dish supper and is a must at any backyard BBQ.
Salad for a crowd with fresh greens, veggies and cheese is a great dish for parties, covered dish suppers or any celebration when you’re feeding lots of folks. Top is with an easy to make vinaigrette to make the best dish on the buffet table!
Classic Pea Salad is a cool, delicious side dish perfect to serve any time of year. Made with frozen, sweet peas, bacon, cheese, onion, and a bright creamy dressing, this salad is ideal for cookouts, potlucks, and holiday buffets.
Ambrosia Salad is a classic recipe that’s hard to resist. Make with pineapple, cherries, oranges, coconut, pecans and grapes all wrapped up in fresh whipped cream and marshmallows, is a fruit salad that dreams are made of!
There’s just something special about grilled foods. Whether it’s meats, veggies or fruit, the smokey flavor that grilling brings always adds extra flavor.
Make the VERY BEST hot dogs ever in the air fryer! Cooked in less than 10 minutes, these hot dogs are crispy on the outside, juicy on the inside, and nestled in a toasted bun.
This quick and easy-to-master recipe makes the best, most flavorful chicken you’ll ever sink your teeth into. Grilled BBQ Chicken Legs are the ultimate in summer cookout food and perfect for picnics, parties, and family gatherings.
A simple marinade makes the beef extra flavorful for a main dish that’s easy enough to make for a weeknight meal yet special enough to serve when you’re having friends over for dinner.
Home Run Hot Dog Chili is the ultimate topping for your grilled dogs, sausages, and burgers!
Marinated in balsamic vinegar, honey with fresh herbs and garlic, this chicken is tender, juicy, tangy, and sweet.
Whether you’re cooking this meat and potato dish on the grill, a campfire, or the oven, these flavorful packages are sure to be hit with your family and friends.
This recipe proves that you can make amazing, smoked, pulled pork at home and it will be one of the easiest recipes you’ll ever make! It’s perfect when you’re feeding a crowd, for game day, tailgating or for no-stress weekend cooking.
Grilled Pork Tenderloin turns out perfectly every time all thanks to a simple marinade made with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic and herbs.
Full of amazing flavors from herbs, spices, and sausage combined with summer corn, onions, and potatoes make a low country boil a favorite of everyone around the table.
S’mores Brownies are super easy to make with a box brownie mix and then amped up with toasted marshmallows, crispy graham crackers, and chocolate.
For the easiest, yummiest no-bake dessert, ever, Cherry Delight served in jars is a sure-fire winner!
Layered bananas, cookies, pudding, and fresh whipped cream come together for a show-stopping dessert that’s downright heavenly!
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