4th of July Recipes to Try Out This Holiday

Whether you’re hosting an amazing 4th of July party or attending a party you’ll want to try out some of these fantastic recipes this holiday! From classic macaroni salad to a fun and exiting twists on burgers, you and your guests are bound to find a new favorite recipe in this list!

Raspberry Lemonade
With any 4th of July celebration, you need refreshing drinks! Take a twist on classic lemonade and try out this thirst quenching Raspberry Lemonade recipe. This delicious drink is quick and easy to make and is bound to be a hit at your 4th of July celebration.

Bacon Sriracha Potato Salad
Bored of classic potato salad recipes? Spice things up with this crowd-pleasing potato salad recipe. Bacon Sriracha Potato Salad is sure to be a favorite among your guests. The combination of bacon and sriracha chili sauce gives this recipe the perfect kick!

Mini Cheesy Pretzel Dogs
Take hotdogs to the next level and serve Mini Cheesy Pretzel Dogs instead! These would make the perfect appetizers for your 4th of July party and they’re totally easy to make! You’ll be lucky if you have any pretzel dog leftovers by the end of the day!

Classic Macaroni Salad
You can never go wrong with macaroni salad at any summer party or get-together! Classic Macaroni Salad is easy to and quick to make and is always a favorite among guests! Want to try out this tasty dish? Get the recipe here!

Alyson’s Broccoli Salad
Alyson’s Broccoli Salad is known to make broccoli haters fall in love with the vegetable! Including prep and cook time, this recipe only takes 30 minutes to make. All the ingredients mixed together make one amazing dish, that’ll be eaten up by the end of the day!

Deviled Burger
Burgers are always a classic 4th of July staple for any barbeque or get together. Take a twist on the classic burger and serve the flavorful Deviled Burger! The savory patty paired with a slightly sweet pretzel bun is absolute perfection. Get the recipe here!

BBQ Pork Sandwiches
This easy to make recipe will undoubtedly become a favorite. Not only are BBQ Pork Sandwiches easy to make, but they are easy to serve and clean up! You’ll be lucky if you have any leftovers at the end of the day.

Triple Dipped Fried Chicken
Change things up on your typical 4th of July menu and serve some Triple Dipped Fried Chicken to give your guest different options. If any of your guests don’t like burgers or hot dogs, you could always make fried chicken instead! This recipe produces the crispiest and spiciest fried chicken that is to die for.

Spicy Chipotle Turkey Burgers
Add some spice into your 4th of July menu with these Spicy Chipotle Turkey Burgers. A healthier take on the classic burger, this turkey burger mixes the amazing ingredients together to make a savory meal! Want to try out this tasty dish? Get the recipe here!

4th of July Tie Dyed Fudge
Get creative with your dessert options and make Fourth of July Tie Dyed Fudge. This tasty vanilla fudge recipe is super festive and easy to make! It’ll be a favorite among adults and kids alike, due to its fun appearance.

4th of July Fruit and Jell-O Cups
Another easy to make recipe, 4th of July Fruit and Jell-O Cups combines Jell-O, fresh fruit, and whipped cream for a wonderfully delicious dessert. Get the recipe here!

Almond Cheesecake Tart
This recipe might be tricky to make, but it’s well worth it! Almond Cheesecake Tart only takes 30 minutes to prepare, 30 minutes to cook, and yields one delicious tart. The best part about this recipe is you’re able to decorate the tart with fruit and get creative with your display!

Judy’s Strawberry Pretzel Salad
Nothing is better than mixing the sweetness of strawberries, cream cheese, and Jell-O with the saltiness of a pretzel crust. Judy’s Strawberry Pretzel Salad mixes salty and sweet together for the ultimate 4th of July dessert everyone will love!

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Host Labor Day Party!

The best part of being a homeowner is entertaining your family and friends! End summer with bang by hosting a festive Labor Day Party! Martha Stewart has tips and recipes to take the “labor” out of planning!

Planter Centerpiece
centerpieceThe table is not complete without a creative centerpiece! Fill a metal planter with ice and flowers to turn it into a bright beverage cooler. For an easy centerpiece, tuck fresh-picked wildflowers into empty bottles among the cold drinks.


Seersucker Napkins
napkins

One of the simplest ways to summerize basically anything is seersucker fabric. The best part that the napkins do not even wrinkle! Mix and match red, white and blue napkins to give the table a fun patriotic theme!


Thyme Lemonade

lemonadeThe flavor of thyme in this lemonade lends an unexpected grown-up flair to a summer favorite.

In a medium saucepan, bring sugar, thyme, and 1 cup water to a boil; stir until sugar is dissolved, about 2 minutes. Stir in lemon juice, gin (if using), and 6 cups cold water; strain into a large pitcher. Refrigerate until cold, at least 1 hour (and up to 1 week). Serve over ice, garnished with thyme sprigs, if desired.

INGREDIENTS
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 bunch fresh thyme, plus sprigs, for garnish (optional)
2 cups fresh lemon juice (from about 10 lemons)
1 cup gin (optional)


Guacamole Hummus
guacamole-hummus
Can’t decide between hummus and guacamole? Have it both ways in this bright, creamy dip.

In a food processor, combine chickpeas, cilantro, garlic, and avocado. Process until finely chopped. With machine running, add olive oil in a slow, steady stream, then add lemon juice, and then add water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until mixture is smooth. Season to taste with salt and pepper and serve with lemon wedges and tortilla chips.

INGREDIENTS
1 can (15.5 ounces) chickpeas, rinsed and drained
3 cups fresh cilantro leaves
1 garlic clove, chopped
1 ripe avocado, roughly chopped
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
Coarse salt and ground pepper
Lemon wedges
Tortilla chips


Coconut Cake with Berries and Cream
Summer berries are the perfect complement to this sweet, light cake.

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. cakeGenerously butter a 9-by-13-inch glass baking pan. Whisk together egg whites, baking soda, and salt in a stand mixer fitted with whisk attachment on medium speed, until soft peaks form, 4 to 5 minutes.
  2. Add egg yolks to egg-white mixture, and whisk until completely combined. Gradually add sugar, and whisk until combined. Fold in butter and coconut with a rubber spatula.
  3. Sift 1/4 cup flour onto mixture; fold to combine. Repeat with remaining flour, folding in 1/4 cup at a time. Pour batter into pan; bake until golden and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, whisk together 1 cup heavy cream, the coconut milk, and condensed milk. As soon as cake is removed from oven, pour cream mixture over cake. Let cake cool completely in pan on a wire rack. Cover cake with plastic wrap, and refrigerator at least 5 hours and up to 8 hours.
  5. Just before serving, whisk remaining cup heavy cream until soft peaks form, and spread over cake. Serve with mixed berries.

INGREDIENTS

1 stick unsalted butter, melted and cooled, plus more for pans
6 large eggs, separated
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon fine salt
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup flaked unsweetened coconut, toasted and finely ground
1 cup all-purpose flour, divided
2 cups heavy cream, divided
1 can (13.75 ounces) unsweetened coconut milk
1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
3 cups mixed fresh berries (about 12 ounces), for serving