July means the middle of summer break, high temperatures, trips to the pool, fireworks, and—best of all—cookouts. If you’re having your family over for a cookout and fireworks show this Independence Day, you might be looking for some unique July 4th recipes to liven up the menu.
People like to snack while they wait for the grill to fire up, so keep your company happy with summer finger food like deviled eggs, spinach dip, or Mexican-style treats like salsa verde or pico de gallo. Try making homemade chip dip for a classic favorite.
Nothing says 4th of July like some grilled food. Provide alternatives to the traditional burger and hot dog options like grilled shrimp, skewered chicken, corn on the cob, and barbecued ribs. Try marinating the meat overnight ahead of time to give dishes an extra kick, or even look into veggie burgers for any herbivores in your family.
Everyone love sweets! Red, white, and blue strawberry shortcake is a festive option, or you can cool off with homemade fudge pops, fruit pops, or try your hand at making your own ice cream. There are plenty of July 4th recipes available, so be creative and have fun to make your cookout more interesting!