Cue family gatherings, parades, fireworks and screaming children. Make yourself stand out during the sensory-overloaded 4th of July with these seriously creative appetizers, entrées, side dishes, desserts and cocktails.
Start the day with a super easy crowd-pleaser made from only three ingredients.
Keep your dogs toasty in a cozy puff pastry blanket.
One blue dish, some red tomatoes and a little white mozzarella later, and you’re low-key festive.
This pizza brings all the boys to the yard. Even after I have been vegetarian for five years, my mouth waters for this bacon-topped-cheese-topped-bread.
If one Italian starch with tomato-based sauce and cheese in the shape of a flag doesn’t suit you, try this one.
Of course there’s always the traditional route of burgers from the grill. This recipe’s a little more involved and includes a made-from-scratch brioche bun.
Give a screaming child a cob of corn, and they’ll shut up for at least 10 min.**
There is no such thing as too much potato in a dish.
Fries are most definitely from a place of European origin (Belgium or France, still debated today), but Americans can and should celebrate our adoption of the good fried stuff this July 4th.
All right, now we’re talking. An easy three-ingredient recipe, but this one’s got chocolate.
Throw some of the leftover white chocolate and sprinkles from the strawberries on milk’s favorite cookie, and you have yourself an instant picnic hit.
Your parents will flash back to the ’70s after you give them these trippy homemade sugar cookies.*
Dazzle the neighborhood with this flag-in-a-cake at the annual bake-off, and you’ll finally destroy the reigning champ, Gloria.
If you don’t have the time or number of cake pans necessary to make three types of different colored cakes, these red velvet cake balls might be a more manageable option.
This cheesecake is a great option for cheese of the cream variety this Independence Day.
But if you want to shove cheesecake into another sweet, try this all-dessert-inclusive recipe.
But let’s be honest: the most integral part of the day is the alcohol. If you’re craving ice cream but also would prefer to be drunk, multitask with this strawberry and blueberry margarita float. Don’t be shy about adding vodka. Sandra Lee from the Food Network advises two shots.
If your grandpa catches you with these guys in hand, he’ll pause his racist tirade long enough to salute your patriotism.**
For a colorful twist on your otherwise clear problem with alcohol, add vibrant ice cubes made from Kool-Aid.
Neither a solid nor a liquid, this Jell-O is in a delicious buzz wrapped up in an identity crisis. No better way to be an American than with sugar and alcohol, eh? Have a happy and safe holiday, y’all.
*Please do not drug your parents.