What’s cooking, America?! It’s 4th of July weekend and time to bust out the charcoal for a cookout! Whether you’re hosting an Independence Day backyard bash or an indoor dinner party, here’s a menu to inspire you and get your taste buds salivating.
4th of July Party Menu
- Crunchy Lemon Pepper Wings
- Smoked Deviled Eggs
- Fresh Watermelon Lemonade
- BLT Burger with Asparagus
- Potatoes in the Embers
- Cob Roasted in the Husks
- Homemade Rocky Road
Start with some finger-food appetizers like Crunchy Lemon Pepper Wings. They have lots of zesty flavor without being spicy (for hot wing wimps like me). Deviled eggs are always a crowd pleaser but when you smoke them, it adds a detail that will make your guests rave about your skills in the kitchen. Slice up a watermelon and serve up a juicy wedge on the side of a glass of lemonade or your favorite cocktail. I suggest Watermelon Margaritas on the rocks with sugar-rimmed glasses. After all, we’re celebrating our nation’s independence! 😉
Next, fire up the grill for BLT Burgers with Asparagus, served with lettuce, tomato and other fixings. It’s a hearty and flavorful entree with the chopped canadian bacon mixed and cooked into the hamburger patty. Take a break from the traditional potato salad and try out a recipe for Potatoes in the Embers with some woody flavor, perfect for a cookout. Add a side of fresh corn on the cob roasted in the husks, which is especially mouth-watering if you season them with fresh ground black pepper, garlic and rosemary.
And last but not least, finish off your feast before the fireworks with Homemade Rocky Road, a classic American ice cream. Plenty sweet and extra nutty with macadamia nuts, hazelnuts and almonds in the mix. Now, go eat, drink and be merry. Happy 4th of July! Enjoy!
Where to find these tasty recipies:
Appetizers: Wings: More Than 50 High-Flying Recipes for America’s Favorite Snack by Debbie Moose (p 36) and The Kansas City Barbecue Society Cookbook by Ardie A Davis, Check Paul Kirk and Carolyn Wells (p 28).
Entree: Best Ever Barbecue: A Collection of Over 100 Essential Recipes by Love Food (p 14).
Sides: Beer-Can Chicken and 74 Other Offbeat Recipes for the Grill by Steven Raichlen (p 242, 255).
Dessert: Ice Cream: Amazing Ices, Sherbets, Sorbets, Bomes and Iced Desserts by Joanna Farrow and Sara Lewis (p 75).