When people think of the 4th of July, they think of summertime cookouts and lots of good food. For the person hosting the event, the thought of what to serve can be a little scary. You want to serve good food to a hungry bunch. In this article, I will show you some easy 4th of July recipes and ideas so your event goes off without a hitch.
When it comes to meat, you're probably thinking the traditional and boring hot dogs and hamburgers. Spice it up! Instead of regular hamburgers, dice up a small jalapeño and ground it into the hamburger meat to make outstanding jalapeño burgers. You could substitute this with mushrooms, onion, crushed black pepper, and the list goes on.
Kabobs are becoming ever popular and you can make them easily. Just add some chicken, shrimp, or steaks to the skewer and throw in some onions, green peppers, and tomatoes and you have a hit. Be creative with the kabobs.
When it comes to the side dishes, you can be very creative. A favorite 4th of July recipe is baked beans. Instead of just opening a can of beans and adding a little ketchup, sprinkle in a generous handful of white sugar and brown sugar, and bake at 350 degrees for 30-45 minutes. You can also make the traditional potato salad but with a twist: add a few splashes of Tabasco sauce. Twice grilled baked potatoes are a hit at any cookout and it is made exactly like it sounds. Grill the potato once over a hot grill for about 30 minutes. Let it cool off for about 15 minutes and grill again for approximately 30-40 minutes or until it's as soft as you prefer. Make sure to have a spread of toppings so your guests can flavor their potatoes to taste.
It's usually too hot to bake on the 4th of July, so get creative when it comes to desserts: you can make a ton of fruit spreads, or smoothies for the kids out of ice cream, ice, and fruit. Or, you can buy cupcakes with white frosting and add blue and red food coloring to them. The possibilities are endless with no-bake desserts.
These are just a few easy 4th of July recipes that you can use. You can always use google for some additional recipes. Whatever you decide, have fun and enjoy!