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!