Rule #260: Food is a language that can be spoken and understood by all.
As we gear up for Fourth of July during what has to be the craziest year any of us have experienced, I think it’s only fitting that I share some yummy recipes from my blog and two others. What better way to celebrate our country that with great food that shows our love for others. I’ve always thought food is its own love language. And now, more than ever, we could all use a little more love. So, grab your American Flag t-shirts, your favorite flippy-floppies, and let’s make some grub fit for the Fourth of July and those fireworks!
This delicious little number looks perfectly refreshing (and it’s full of patriotic colors, too)!
Eden at Sweet Tea and Thyme has this delicious, sweet cocktail that’s got all of my friends’ names on it!
This is one of my favorite cocktails I recreated based on a favorite bar I’d go to back in Dallas when we lived there.
Jon-a-Ritas (as they’re called in our house) are so easy to whip up and will definitely make your crew all happy campers!
I figured since the Fourth of July is full of pretty heavy snacks and foods, it’s best to start off with a light, protein-filled breakfast. This frittata is easy to throw together and will definitely get your day started the right way.
I feel like July 4th is a definite “DIP” Holiday, ya know what I mean? This Corn Dip is perfect for a crowd that wants to graze throughout the day.
This is another great, easy appetizer that can be made ahead and pulled out later on.
Whipped Feta and Marinated Cucumbers
This is a lighter appetizer that’s easy to make ahead and throw out later in the day.
The star of the Fourth of July Recipes Roundup has to be the main dishes. It’s all about the MEAT this holiday!
Eden knocked it outta the park with these lobster rolls! Oh. My. Yum. I don’t know if there’s a more delicious way to celebrate American than these bad boys.
Reina at The Sofrito Project whipped up these delectable glazed wings. These have Jon Boy’s name written all over them!
Citrus Balsamic Marinade for Grilled Chicken or Pork
This marinade is our all-time go-to grilling favorite. It’s easy, uses things you most likely already have at the house, and it’s friggin’ delicious. We marinate pork tenderloin or chicken breast in this recipe for about 8 hours, then grill it up!
This is another easy-to-prepare and oh-so-yummy “UN-recipe”. Just throw your favorite veggies on some skewers with some cut up pork tenderloin, marinate it in your fave marinade (we love Stubb’s), then grill it up later.
These burgers are full of a zippy, spicy punch that we absolutely love! They’re very lean, too, so they’re perfect if you’re being health-conscious on the Fourth.
Grilled Flank Steak with Piquillo Peppers and Capers
This steak is simple and full of a TON of flavor. It’s not spicy, but more just full of majorly savory deliciousness!
A Fourth of July Recipes roundup wouldn’t be complete without some good ole fashioned side dishes to accompany them!
Reina’s potato salad looks DIVINE! A true southern BBQ staple side dish!
I love Reina’s spin on pasta salad, too! You can’t go wrong with a lot of veggies and orzo pasta.
Grilled Corn and Asparagus Salad
We love this summer salad because it’s super yummy, and you can prepare it ahead of chow time. It pairs well with very rich main dishes, too!
This is a Pitcher Family tradition that’s full of rice, green chiles, and a bunch of other yumminess. It’s full of creamy, delicious flavor!
I haven’t made this in a while, and when I was developing this post, I came across this picture and realized I’ve been missing out. This is a unique side dish that’s full of great summer flavor!
It’s definitely squash season, y’all. This is the perfect side dish to serve up at any summer celebration, especially July 4th!
If you’re having a Mexican-themed Fourth of July, this street corn (called elote) is a great side dish. Creamy mayonnaise, salty Cotija cheese, lime juice, and cilantro make this corn dish so insanely flavorful.
If you want to make things easy on yourself, throw a bunch of beans in your slow cooker and let him do the work! This is a very versatile side dish that can go with so many main dishes.
This lighter side dish is great to accompany heavy, rich main dishes. It’s fairly neutral in flavor, so it can go with anything from spicy chicken wings to perfectly grilled steaks.
Oh, my lover. This tomato pie is everything to me. It’s the ultimate summer side dish. If you can find heirloom tomatoes, then even better!
Summer Squash with Goat Cheese Cream
This is another side dish featuring summer’s favorite vegetable: squash! The goat cheese cream really sends the fresh veggies over the edge.
When it comes to summer gatherings, simple is best. This dip can be made ahead, refrigerated, then pulled out later during the fireworks. It’s always a huge crowd pleaser, too!
This cake is so moist yet light and full of delicious summer berry flavor! It’s also very simple to make.
I hope these Fourth of July Recipes help to fill your holiday with all of the love, food, and comfort possible. I hope that you remember that we have more in common with one another than we have differences. Cheers to this great country that’s brought together and bound by food and much, much more!