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!