Our Favorite Fourth of July Recipes

These irresistible drinks, side dishes, entrees, and desserts take the guesswork out of creating a dazzling Fourth of July buffet. Try a few for yourself or organize a patriotic potluck!

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Pulled Pork with Strawberry BBQ Sauce

    Pulled pork sandwiches get an update with an easy-to-make barbeque sauce that has a surprise ingredient: strawberries. Served on soft rolls, these tasty sandwiches are a great bring-with-you main dish for a Fourth of July party.

Makes: 8 servings
Prep   30 mins 
Cook  2 hrs 
Stand   10 mins 
Grilled Corn & Green Tomato Salsa

    A favorite summer side dish -- grilled corn -- is dressed up for the Fourth of July with a salsa featuring fresh tomatoes, basil, and tangy feta cheese.

Makes: 6 servings
Prep   20 mins 
Cook   5 mins 
Grill   10 mins 
Blueberry Ice Cream Pie

    Cool off on the Fourth of July with this refreshing fruit-and-ice cream pie layered in an almond brown sugar crust. Top with fresh blueberries (and raspberries if desired) for a sweet patriotic touch.

Makes: 10 servings
Prep   30 mins 
Chill  2 hrs 
Freeze  8 hrs  to 24 hrs 
Grains & Fruit Summer Salad

    Chopped fruit and veggies go into this simple summer salad, which boasts a variety of flavors, including basil, garlic, green onions, cantaloupe, and cherry tomatoes. Make it as a refreshing main dish, or bring it to a Fourth of July party (serves 8 as a side dish).

Serving size: 8 side-dish or 4 main-dish
Start to Finish   30 mins 
Potato Salad with Sausage and Grainy Mustard Dressing

    Throw this flavorful side dish together in just 30 minutes by mixing red and yellow new potatoes with cider vinegar, salt, mustard, and cured sausage. Garnish with fresh curly-leaf parsley and thinly sliced green onions for zest.

Makes: 8 servings
Serving size: 6 cups
Prep   15 mins 
Cook   15 mins 
Stand   2 mins 
Skillet White Beans

    Baked beans are a favorite summertime side dish -- and this simple recipe can be made on your stovetop. Top with a dollop of sour cream, fresh basil leaves, and chopped tomatoes for fresh flair.

Makes: 12 servings
Serving size: 12 to 14 side-dish servings
Prep   25 mins 
Cook   25 mins 
Stuffed Sausage Sliders

    These tasty sliders are great for a Fourth of July party crowd -- apple, garlic, and fennel seeds are mixed with ground pork to form the patties. Stuff the patties with smoked provolone before grilling, and top with grilled apple-fennel slaw once everything is cooked. For a patriotic garnish, hold the sliders together with flag toothpicks.

Makes: 16 servings
Prep   40 mins 
Chill  1 hr  to 4 hrs 
Grill   10 mins 
Summer Vegetable Potato Salad

    Another easy take on classic potato salad, this Fourth of July recipe adds fresh flavor with two ears of sweet corn, wedged Roma tomatoes, and fresh basil leaves. Crumbled feta cheese gives it a tangy kick.

Makes: 8 servings
Prep   30 mins 
Cook   5 mins 
Lemonade Cake

    The refreshing summertime drink gets transformed into a just-as-sweet dessert in this lemonade cake. Sure to be popular at a Fourth of July party (it serves 15), the cake is topped with lemon slices for added flavor and a colorful garnish.

Makes: 15 servings
Prep   45 mins 
Bake   30 mins  350°F 
Cool  1 hr 
Coconut Lemonade

    Coconut flavor syrup (available in the coffee/tea aisle) adds an interesting twist to this classic summer drink; make it especially patriotic for the Fourth of July by floating blueberries, raspberries, and star fruit in the lemonade pitcher.

Makes: 4 servings
Prep   10 mins 
Chill  4 hrs  to 24 hrs 
Fresh Corn Salad

    Toss grilled corn with a variety of summer veggies and an easy marinade of cilantro, vinegar, and olive oil, to make a tasty side dish for your Fourth of July meal.

Makes: 8 servings
Prep   25 mins 
Grill   10 mins  to  15 mins 
Chill  2 hrs 
Red, White, and Blueberry Trifle

    Add blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries to a creamy vanilla and cubed pound cake mixture to make an easy (just 25 minutes of prep work!) and patriotic summer dessert.

Makes: 8 servings
Prep   25 mins 
Chill  4 hrs 
Summertime Hot Dogs with Dr Pepper Barbeque Sauce

    This classic Fourth of July recipe gets a funky twist with this sweet homemade barbeque sauce; top with pickles, sliced jalapeno peppers, and chopped onion to balance the savory and sweet flavors.

Serving size: 8 hot dogs and 4 cups sauce
Prep   15 mins 
Cook   45 mins 
Cool   10 mins 
Barbecued Pork Chops on a Stick

    Homemade cherry barbecue sauce is the secret to these delicious, utensil-free pork chops.

Makes: 12 servings
Banana-Butter Pecan Ice Cream

    For a refreshing Fourth of July dessert, try this homemade ice cream recipe. Brown sugar, toasted pecans, and sweet bananas give it fresh flavor.

Makes: 24 servings
Serving size: 3 quarts
Prep   40 mins 
Bake   8 mins  to  20 mins  350°F 
Cool   30 mins 
Brick Chicken

    For a no-fuss Fourth of July main dish, spread a paste of fresh herbs and minced garlic under the skin of a whole chicken. For a complete meal, pair it with a fresh corn salad.

Makes: 4 servings
Start to Finish  1 hr 
Brats with Mango Relish

    A savory-sweet topping of grilled mango, onion, and jerk seasoning takes classic brats to the next level for a Fourth of July get-together.

Makes: 4 servings
Start to Finish   20 mins 
Hibiscus Tea

    Refreshing garnet-color hibiscus tea is sweetened with honey and spiced with cinnamon for a satisfying summer drink.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   15 mins 
Chill  Up to  24 hrs 
Cool  2 hrs 
Rosemary Porterhouse Steaks with Olive Mayo

    A rosemary and salt rub keeps this steak and potato recipe nice and simple; the four-ingredient olive mayonnaise adds a tangy finishing touch.

Makes: 4 servings
Prep   25 mins 
Grill   9 mins 
Stand   30 mins 
Raspberry-Pear Sorbet

    This pear liqueur-infused sorbet recipe is a refreshing, easy-to-make Fourth of July dessert.

Makes: 6 servings
Prep   20 mins 
Cook   3 mins 
Stand   30 mins 
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