Sunday, July 3, 2011
We are certainly a color coordinated country it seems... and Independence Day brings on the patriotic - especially when it comes to the menus for the traditional BBQ.
I'm usually on the lookout this time of year for something special to take to the BBQ we enjoy right before fireworks. After searching the archives, I decided not to agonize about coming up with something different for this year's Fourth. These are tried and true (as well as red, white, and blue).
(For the recipes, click on the titles beneath the photos...)
Patriotic Layered Jello - salute your salad! Cool, creamy, and appealing on a hot Independence Day (and everyone gets to enjoy their own portion - a real plus when you're serving a crowd)
Mmmmumbleberry Pie - cherries, strawberries, blueberries, and rhubarb make this the best pie of the summer.
Red, White, & Blues - chewy texture, a slightly sweet flavor, with a light vanilla glaze and patriotic sprinkles. Yum.
Carne Asada - fireworks for your tastebuds.
Mini Berry Pizzas - light little cheesecakes on a sugar cookie crust - personal size.
Roasted Potato / Green Bean Salad - without the usual egg-based dressing, this can be served hot OR cold. Different, and delicious.
Red, White, & Blue Bars - An easier bar-style cookie that can morph into a cheesecake square with the addition of a simple cream cheese topping & red/blue fruits.
Star Studded Cobbler - a beautiful, summery dessert covered in tender, puffy, pastry stars.
Enjoy your family, friends, and freedom this 4th of July!