Get your 4th of July celebration started with the most delicious 4th of July recipes that will have your friends and family surrounding the food table until the fireworks start. With everything from appetizers and drinks to main dishes and desserts, this list has something for everyone. It’s also the ideal menu for a party of any magnitude, whether you’re just feeding a couple of friends and family or planning a whole neighborhood get-together — socially distanced, we hope.
Deconstructed Strawberry Shortcake
These deconstructed strawberry shortcakes have all the flavor of classic strawberry shortcakes with unique assembly. Elements include sweet vanilla biscuits, a chilled strawberry coulis, whipped cream, and sliced fresh strawberries. Serve the strawberries and coulis in dessert dishes with the biscuits on the side along with extra coulis and sweetened whipped cream. Or make a strawberry shortcake bar and let guests construct their own desserts.
Lobster and Macaroni Salad
This lobster macaroni salad is dressed quite simply (and perfectly) with mayonnaise, a little lemon juice, and a few herbs. The salad is versatile, but try to avoid stronger ingredients — e.g., onions or bell pepper — that might overwhelm the delicate flavor of the lobster. A small amount of shredded carrot or summer squash can add color and texture to the dish without overpowering the main ingredient.
Grilled Salmon Burgers
These salmon burgers are different from salmon croquettes which are usually made with canned salmon. These burgers are made with fresh minced salmon. Cilantro, ginger, and sesame oil give these burgers Asian flavor. Serve the salmon burgers with a spicy chili mayonnaise or sweet chili mayonnaise (see directions, below). Cook the burgers on the grill, an electric grill, or in a grill pan on the stovetop.
Ombre Independence Day Cake
Ombre is still definitely right on trend this summer, which is why you should wow your guests with this impressive cake. The secret? Store-bought frosting and cake mixes! That way you only have to focus on actually putting the cake together. This is a very tall cake and takes a little time to assemble and bake. If you want to make it easier, use two boxes of cake mix and divide batter into five bowls for five layers. Tint two layers shades of blue, leave one layer white and tint the other two shades of red.
Picnic Potato Salad
This classic potato salad is made with eggs and a mustard and mayonnaise dressing. The potato salad is delicious with just about anything grilled, and always tastes best outdoors! Feel free to use chopped green onions or sweet onions instead of red onions in this flavorful salad, or leave them out.
Coney Island Hot Dog Sauce
A variety of spices flavor this delicious ground beef Coney Island hot dog sauce. The chili sauce is standard on classic coney dogs, and this version is easy to prepare and cook, and it’s delicious. Hot dogs on the grill will delight even the pickiest eaters. If you’re doing a hot dog and burger party, this Coney Island sauce belongs on your menu.
What are you waiting for? Pick-and-choose the ones that make sense for your budget and prep time. If you are taking hot cooked food, make sure it is completely cooked and ensure it will stay above 140 F. Or chill cooked food, keep it cold, and reheat it to a temperature of at least 165 F when you get to the party. Let’s get started!