How are you spending this year’s 4th of July? Hopefully, you’ll be taking advantage of the summertime: cookouts, pool parties, and hanging with friends in the park. If that list sounds similar to your Independence Day plans, this is the post for you!
We’ve put together a short list of 4th of July recipes to make use of for your 4th of July gathering. Read on for 4 recipes that will guarantee a happy (and full) crowd!
Grilled Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches
It’s hard to go wrong with chicken, especially if it’s part of a sandwich. This recipe from Good Housekeeping is sure to please as a main course:
1/2 c.Hot sauce
1/4 c.unsalted butter
4boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1/2 c.Ranch dressing
Blue Cheese-Apple Slaw
1 c.packed shredded savoy cabbage
1 1/2 oz.blue cheese
1/4 c.coarsely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
3 tbsp.olive oil
1 1/2 tbsp.apple cider vinegar
Preheat grill to medium-high.
Combine hot sauce, butter, and ketchup in a bowl; reserve 1/4 cup mixture. Add chicken to remaining mixture and toss to coat. Marinate, 20 minutes. Remove chicken from marinade; discard marinade.
Grill chicken, covered, until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F, 5 to 7 minutes per side. Grill buns until lightly toasted, 1 to 2 minutes. Spread dressing on buns.
Serve chicken topped withBlue Cheese-Apple Slaw(directions below) and drizzled with reserved sauce between buns.
To make the slaw:Combine all ingredients in a large bowl.
Corn on the Cob with Spicy Butter
Corn on the cob is a quick & easy favorite. Here is a simple recipe for a classic appetizer via Good Housekeeping.
1stick butter (no substitutions)
1/2 tsp.smoked paprika
tsp.cayenne (ground red pepper)
12small ears corn
In medium bowl, mix butter, paprika, and cayenne until well blended. Spoon into serving bowl; cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
Heat 8-quart covered saucepot of water to boiling on high. Add corn and return to boiling. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer 5 minutes. Drain well. Place on large platter; serve hot with spiced butter on the side.
Pour filling into 9-inch pie plate lined with 1 store-bought or homemade pie crust, dot with 3 tablespoons butter, then add top crust; crimp and bake at 400°F on rimmed baking sheet for 1 hour or until bubbling.
To conclude, our last recipe takes a tip from the folks south of the border. Guacamole is a simple, absolutely delicious addition to any gathering. We’re sure it’ll be gone soon after you place it on the table.
3 medium ripe avocados, peeled and cubed
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon salt
2 medium tomatoes, seeded and chopped, optional
1 small onion, finely chopped
1/4 cup mayonnaise, optional
1 to 2 tablespoons lime juice
1 tablespoon minced fresh cilantro
Mash avocados with garlic and salt. Stir in remaining ingredients.
Now that you have a few great recipes for Independence Day, all that’s left for you to do is prepare and enjoy the great company!