I don’t know about you, but I’m always a last minute menu planner when it comes to holidays. I just never know what to make. The self-inflicted pressure of picking the right dishes to serve is too much for me sometimes. So what ends up happening is that I procrastinate until the very end, which then causes even more pressure, but I will say that I get there in the end. I always tell myself the next holiday will be different. I’ll be more prepared. Of course, I end up slipping back into my old habits and it’s procrastination-city population 1, once again. With that being said, here we are, the day before the 4th of July and nothing has changed. This time around though, I felt like I could help my fellow last minute planners. If there is anyone out there who is just like me, then maybe we all need a little help picking some last minute recipe ideas. Here is the first ever round-up on the site, Fourth of July edition. Below you’ll find a gathering of past recipes which would be great on any 4th of July table. Above all, I hope you all have a great and safe holiday.
Let’s talk appetizers, which are very important to any BBQ or meal because it sets the tone for the rest of the meal. These Mexican Street Corn Twice Baked Potatoes would be a great way to get any party started.
What kind of holiday or BBQ for that matter would it be without some sort of potato dish. These Loaded Baked Potato Balls are deep fried potato croquettes loaded with cheese, bacon, chives and did I mention cheese?
When it comes to salads, this Greek-style Grilled Shrimp and Watermelon Salad is loaded with fresh summer produce. It’s refreshing and easy to whip up.
I love a good Caesar Salad, but have you ever tried grilling it? This Grilled Caesar Salad is a new take on a classic dish, and because you’re already grilling the main dishes, why not through your salad on the grill as well?!
I think nachos are so important that they deserve their own category. Tried and true simple, yet classic, Nachos will never let you down. They’ll always be there for you. The great thing about nachos is that they can be an appetizer or a main dish. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve eaten a big plate of nachos for dinner, and I regret nothing.
If you want to switch them up a bit, give them a Mediterranean twist with these Greek Nachos. Pita chips loaded with all of your favorite Mediterranean flavors and ingredients. It’s a dream come true.
When it comes to main dishes, sandwiches are you best friend on a day like 4th of July. Hot Dogs are always a must, but Taco Hot Dogs are even better. Load up your grilled dogs with all of your favorite taco toppings.
Everyone should know how to make a classic straight-forward hamburger. This Classic Burger is a no fuss no muss recipe that you most definitely need up your sleeve for that BBQ moment you really need to shine.
If the classic version is too boring for you, try topping your burgers with tomato, mozzarella and basil and you’ve got a delicious Caprese Burger, which no one will be mad about.
Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches are like chicken wings meet hamburger meet sandwich, which makes it perfect for those of us who cannot make up our minds. Why choose when you could have it all?
Shall we move on to desserts? S’mores has got to be the most classic most popular summer/bbq/4th of July treat. So it’s only natural that I include a few s’mores desserts in this round-up. S’mores Galettes are like mini s’mores hand pies and they are to die for. If feeding a crowd is what you’re in need of this Sheet Pan S’mores Slab Pie is the best option.
BBQ and banana pudding go hand in hand. This Toasted Meringue Banana Pudding is a great summer dessert because it’s rich, delicious and a great treat to make ahead of time. Just toast right before serving.
I can’t talk 4th of July without including some kind of red white and blue fruit-filled dessert. This Mixed Berry Tart from waaaay back in the day is still one of my favorite patriotic desserts to make. It’s quite the show-stopper.
Last but not least, let’s talk about cocktails. It’s going to be hot out and we’re going to need something refreshing to drink. This Spiked Strawberry Rhubarb Lemonade is quench that thirst once and for all.
Summer Rosé Sangria is a great cocktail for a crowd. Make a few pitchers and leave them in the fridge for when your guests arrive. It’s loaded with fruit, with a hint of sweetness, and all of the flavors summer has to offer. If you head over to Winc and order some wine, be sure to use the code “CandidAppetite” at checkout for $22 off your order!
I hope this round-up helps you make some final decisions. Even if your menu is set, these are some great summer recipes to make throughout the next several months so keep them in mind. Have a great and safe 4th of July, friends!