What We’re Cooking for the 4th
I’m planning an easy 4th of July menu that will feed a crowd, but won’t knock me off my feet in terms of prep and cook time. I want something different than burgers and dogs, although truthfully I love those too. Here’s some menu inspiration in case it helps you pull of a 4th of July that’s full of delicious eats.
I’m freezing a couple bottles of rosé in silicone muffin tins or ice cube trays to make our easy strawberry frozé. Stay tuned for the recipe! Spoiler alert: If you’re headed to a beach house or ranch and you want the ingredients ahead of time, grab a decent bottle of rosé, a pint of strawberries and some vodka. I also like making a big pitcher of grapefruit palomas. They don’t exactly fit the red-white-and-blue color scheme, but they’re darn good.
I have some Teton Waters Ranch grass-fed mini hot dogs I’ll wrap in Immaculate Baking crescent roll dough and top with Everything But The Bagel Seasoning before baking at 350 for about 15-20 minutes. Grainy mustard on the side. You can assemble these the morning of the 4th and keep them refrigerated on a sheet pan until they’re ready to bake, just cover with plastic wrap so they don’t dry out.
Make-your-own crostini with a big batch of roasted mini peppers , sliced crusty bread or baguette, goat cheese, bleu cheese or Boursin. Add some fresh herbs and crunchy salt to the platter.
I’m thinking either grilled tri tip or chile-lime flank steak. If you’re not red meat eaters, try these tamari-honey chicken drumsticks — delish! Or for hands-off cooking, slow cooker BBQ pork ribs. You could use the same method to make slow cooker BBQ pulled pork for sandwiches.
I’m such a fan of berry crisp, you guys might be sick of hearing me talk about it. You could also make this lemon olive oil cake a day ahead and top it with blueberries, raspberries and the lemon cream. You could also just pick up some 4th of July-themed cookies and call it a day!
Please leave a comment with your favorite 4th of July recipe! I like to compare notes! And don’t miss our 4th of July-themed Friday Love List for tabletop ideas.