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Independence Day Menu Ideas

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It’s almost time to celebrate America’s birthday; America’s number one holiday for backyard barbecues and launching brightly colored explosives into the sky.

Many of us will spend the day with friends and family, gathered around a hot grill, enjoying good summer food and cheering to independence. Check out these ideas for making your Independence Day menu extra delicious! (Click on the titles for a link to each recipe.)

And if you’re wondering how to make that tasty American flag cake pictured above, click here for a step-by-step guide.

Grilled Ribeye and Corn on the Cob with Chipotle Butter – Including lots of tips for grilling a delicious, juicy steak!

The Mona Lisa Burger – A juicy beef patty with gorgonzola, roasted garlic aioli, olives, prosciutto, onions, and sun-dried tomatoes

Grilled Honey-Garlic Baby Lamb Chops- A simple and elegant grilled alternative to burgers!

The Hangover Burger (aka The Heart Attack on a Bun) – Beef patty with bacon, chili, and spicy cheese sauce, topped with a slightly runny fried egg. Heavenly delicious!

Greek-style Lamb Burger with Tzatziki Sauce- My husband’s most favorite dish in the whole world, hands down.

Turkey Burger with Fresh Tomato Salsa- Slightly cheesy and perfectly delicious!

Barbecue Beef Chili – Pulled barbecue beef meets spicy chili in this super-satisfying dish. Totally worth the time it takes to put together. Make a huge batch and freeze the leftovers!

Baked Potato Salad – A flavorful potato salad alternative for those with an aversion to mayonnaise (like myself)!

Mediterranean Cous Cous – Simple and flavorful side dish which can be made ahead and served chilled.

Tomato-Cucumber Salad- Fresh summer tomatoes and crisp cucumber in a tangy vinaigrette.

Barley and Bean Salad – Bursting with nutrition and bright flavors!

Grilled Fingerling Potatoes- Throw them in a foil packet and pop them on the grill. Sprinkle with a bit of gorgonzola, if desired!

Dinosaur Barbecue Macaroni Salad – The only macaroni salad I’ve ever loved!

Orzo with Salmon and Cucumber - A fresh and satisfying side dish or main course on a hot summer day!

Tomato and Mozzarella Caprese - Classic and delicious!

Fresh Ginger Lemonade- A hint of infused ginger root with freshly squeezed lemons gives this lemonade that extra something special!

Mixed Berry Mousse- Pair it with a layer of vanilla bean panna cotta for an extra special treat!

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7 responses »

  1. You are so bad… I want one of each right now. They all look so delish!! Time to make a grocery list! Happy 4th!

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  2. that Mona Lisa burger looks SO GOOD! My mouth is watering!

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  3. these all look so beautiful AND delish! :)

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  4. Fantastic looking post. You are too very generous. I would have slipped them out over a few posts in a vain effort to up my numbers…
    The cake is the one that really gor me. Very inventive.
    Best,
    Conor

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  5. Hi!
    You are a genius!
    You are not a SAHM caliber home cook but like a Corvette’s V8 straining to take on a full throttle challenge, you belong on a bigger stage.
    Thanx for posting.

    Reply

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