The 4th of July is a few days away so we're rounding the best Fourth of July recipes to feed a crowd from Grilled Corn to Burgers to Strawberry Blueberry Shortcakes. So behold... the most epic 4th of July recipes to ever grace your computer screens - and hopefully your homes too!
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FOURTH OF JULY APPETIZERS:
Loaded Guacamole – Creamy smashed avocados with bacon, sun dried tomatoes, cotija and a few extra mix ins… sign me up!
Melon Caprese Skewers - These Italian inspired Melon Caprese Skewers are the perfect summer snack!
Charred Corn Guacamole – If you’re already planning to spend part of your day by the grill might as well keep it going by making this charred corn guacamole. It’s incredible!
Homemade Chipotle Salsa – This Homemade Chipotle Salsa is great with chips or on top of grilled fish, chicken, or steak. The best part is there are no knife skills involved – it all goes into a blender, and then you’re ready to eat!
Parmesan Pretzel Dogs - Homemade soft pretzel dough that is embellished with a bit of Parmesan and Italian Seasoning that then gets wrapped around a hot dog and baked until it’s golden brown – AND THEN dunked in ketchup and or marinara sauce = it’s quite possibly one of the best Fourth of July recipes.
Homemade Spicy Pickles - These are hands down the best homemade spicy pickles on the planet! You can make them as spicy as you want or keep it mild – but literally get ready for your life to change.
Stone Fruit Cheese Platter – This Stone Fruit Cheese Platter will be a showstopper at any Fourth of July party. It’s got cantaloupe, peaches, nectarines, apricots, prosciutto, burrata, feta, olives and more.
50/50 Mushroom Beef Burger – Fourth of July recipes aren't complete without a burger. This one made with 50% ground beef and 50% finely chopped mushrooms and it’s truly the juiciest perfect burger of all times.
Grilled Skirt Steak with Tomato Salad – Someone recently asked me for my most favorite steak recipe of all times. And this Grilled Skirt Steak with Tomato Salad was my OG. I used to make this for my clients when I was a private chef on a weekly basis. It was frequently the star of the show for their Sunday night dinner parties and I’ve been making it ever since.
Santa Maria Tri Tip – One of my favorite grilling ideas to feed a crowd is with a giant platter of tri-tip. It doesn’t take much to prep and it’s always delicious.
Spiced Baby Back Ribs - The most perfect low-stress recipe for making Ribs you'll ever find! 1 part spice rub, 1 part low and slow in the oven and 1 part on the grill/BBQ! Get after it!
Cheddar Jalapeno Chicken Burgers with Guacamole – If you’re stuck in a burger rut this juicy chicken burger is the answer. It’s not only stuffed with shredded cheddar cheese, cilantro and jalapeños, but it’s enhanced even more with the addition of guac, sour cream, and some pico. It’s incredible.
Grilled Chicken with Avocado and Tomato Salad – This grilled chicken dinner party meal is beyond. Marinated grilled chicken combined with a dreamy avocado tomato and corn salad is the most perfect summer bite.
Yogurt Marinated Chicken Skewers – Now I know we’ve all heard of marinating chicken in yogurt… but these go so far beyond that!! The marinade is packed with crushed red pepper flakes, sweet paprika, red wine vinegar, tomato paste, garlic and lemon juice. It’s perfection.
Tex Mex Hot Dogs – These grilled hot dogs are loaded with my famous guacamole, charred jalapeños, and corn relish, each and every bite has all sorts of big bold delicious flavors, textures and colors.
Grilled Peach and Prosciutto Pizza – I’m upping the ante on the perfect summer pizza with a grilled crust AND my fav stone fruit – fresh peaches. There’s some fresh mozzarella, basil because it enhances just about everything, prosciutto to give it a salty bite, and a garlic olive oil mixture to bring it all together.
FOURTH OF JULY SIDES:
Basil Parmesan Grilled Corn – Take your grilled corn up a notch or 10 with this Basil Parmesan Grilled Corn!!
German Potato Salad – My mom’s famous German Potato Salad!! No mayo here – just bright flavors to compliment any main course! Equal parts gorgeous and tasty!
Castelvetrano Greek Pasta Salad – This is my go-to summer pasta salad. It’s got cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers, castelvetrano olives, red onions, and really good feta. You can eat it at room temp, warm, or cold!
Artichoke Pasta Salad – This Artichoke Pasta Salad with a basil vinaigrette, plenty of fresh mozzarella, some sun dried tomatoes, and corn is truly SUMMER in a bowl.
Grilled Summer Squash with Feta – This summer side dish couldn’t be easier to make. The veggies go on the grill for a quick sear, some fresh feta and fresh herbs are tossed in, and it’s finished with a drizzle of lemon-champagne vinaigrette.
Sumac Fries with Garlic Feta Labneh – The perfect addition to a plate of burgers. In its simplest form, it’s Labneh blended with garlic, feta and a little salt and pepper and voila… the most delicious salty garlic dip you’ll ever have. I like to serve it alongside these fresh outta the oven Sumac Fries and let me tell you – MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN!!
Avocado Corn Salad – A bright herby Avocado Corn Salad with plenty of lime juice and a hint of garlic! This makes for the perfect summer dish!
Mexican Corn and Quinoa Salad – If you’ve ever had Esquites or Elote and you’re a fan… imagine it with quinoa and avocado! It’s true perfection.
Heirloom Tomato and Feta Salad – Summers perfect tomatoes paired with a Mediterranean herby vinaigrette and plenty of fresh feta is the best low-lift side dish!
Butter Lettuce Salad – A quick and easy salad that can go with literally any main course!
Caprese Orzo Salad - one of my favorite pasta salads to date! Orzo tossed with tons of tomatoes, mozzarella and a simple balsamic vinaigrette. This is perfect for taking to a BBQ.
Watermelon Peach Salad – Peak summer vibes with this Watermelon Peach Salad with feta, cucumbers and fresh mint + a simple vinaigrette!! It's one of my favorite Fourth of July recipes.
Cherry and Peach Panzanella – Peaches, cherries, freshly made croutons, burrata cheese, basil, and lemon champagne vinaigrette. It’s quite simple, but that’s the beauty of it! When you’re dealing with the freshest seasonal produce available, you don’t need much to really make a statement.
Melon and Prosciutto Salad – A simple and refreshing Melon and Prosciutto Salad that takes almost no time to whip up.
Grilled Summer Cobb Salad – Grilled baby heads of romaine make the perfect base of this salad and then it gets topped with everything summery! Avocados, tomatoes, corn, scallions, goat cheese and a red wine vinaigrette that you’ll want to drink. Throw it all on a big platter and divide it up when it’s time to serve.
Summer Stone Fruit Salad – This Salad is the perfect way to go about eating all those gorgeous peaches or nectarines! Load them up with heirloom tomatoes, some salty crumbled feta, fresh herbs, and a lemon shallot vinaigrette that you’ll want to drink by itself. It serves a crowd and is perfect on the side of some grilled steaks, chicken, salmon, burgers, or skewers!
FOURTH OF JULY DESSERTS:
Strawberry Blueberry Shortcakes – These Strawberry Blueberry Shortcakes are one of my favorite Fourth of July recipes. Making them couldn’t be simpler. Homemade biscuits, a big dollop of freshly whipped vanilla infused chantilly cream, and macerated strawberries and blueberries is my idea of the perfect summer dessert.
Rocky Road Brownies - these decadent brownies have an incredible base but the topping is what really shines. Marshmallows, nuts and melted chocolate send this recipe over the edge!
No-Churn Blueberry Ice Cream - no need for an ice cream maker for this one - and it's one of the best homemade ice cream recipes I've ever had!
4th of July Mix - 4th of July Mix is all your fav cereal, doused in white chocolate and tossed with M&M's and it's perfection!
S'mores, S'mores and more S'mores - A s'mores bar is the perfect way to end the night while watching fireworks!!
S’more Pops – These S’more Cheesecake Pops are easy to make, perfect for summer entertaining and the BEST way to infuse s’mores into more desserts!
Browned Butter Thick and Chewy Crispy Rice Treats – Upping the ante with these Browned Butter Thick and Chewy Crispy Rice Treats. You can get creative and add some red white and blue sprinkles to make them even more festive.
Cheesecake Cookie Bars – Layers of homemade cookie dough and cheesecake mixed together results in the most decadent (but easy) Memorial Day dessert.
Mixed Berry Peach Galette – The perfect summer dessert to serve with a scoop of ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream!
Peach Blackberry Cobbler - This incredible Peach Blackberry Cobbler is the dessert of summer. Fresh fruit, an incredible cobbler dough and ice cream on top…. PERFECTION.
Salted Key Lime Pie - Fourth of July cakes may be all the rage but once you try this key lime pie with a pretzel and graham cracker crust you'll never go back!
Grilled Peaches – Since you’ve got the grill already going you’ve gotta make grilled peaches. Grilling them brings out the flavor even more and you get little caramelized bits that are like little pieces of happiness. Add to that a drizzle of honey, a sprinkle of sea salt and some ice cream – nothing can compare!
S'more Slutty Brownies - Duh... I mean, you knew it was only a matter of time right? The torched marshmallows take it to the next level!
FOURTH OF JULY COCKTAILS:
Watermelon Tequila Punch – The most summer-y cocktail there is! Watermelon Tequila Punch with plenty and lime and mint to make it extra refreshing!
Stone Fruit and Strawberry Sangria - Peak summer vibes in a cocktail right here!
Spicy Strawberry Margaritas - These are sweet from the strawberries and a little spicy from the jalapeño. Plus they can easily be batched ahead of time for a crowd.
Aperol Spritz - My favorite drink from our time in Italy – right to your kitchen!!
Blackberry Pineapple Smash – It’s a simple cocktail of muddled blackberries, clear rum, fresh lime juice, pineapple juice and a touch of mint. Easy as that.
Strawberry Basil Lemonade – A refreshing blend of homemade lemonade, fresh strawberries, and basil. Depending on who’s enjoying this with me, I’ll add a bit of vodka or just leave it non-alcoholic and add a splash of sparkling water and enjoy it over some ice. Either way it’s absolutely delicious.
Strawberry Peach and Rosé Sangria – This Strawberry Peach and Rosé Sangria is my go-to batch cocktail!
Red White and Blue Chex Mix
- 3 cups Cheerios
- 2 cups Rice Chex
- 2 cups Wheat Chex
- 2 cup Corn Chex
- 1 cups Pretzel Sticks
- 2-3 cups m&m’s
- 24 oz White Chocolate plus an extra 4-8 oz if needed
- In a large bowl combine the Cheerios, Chex, Pretzels and m&m’s. Mix them up a bit, making sure that everything is evenly distributed.
- Meanwhile, over a double boiler, melt the white chocolate according to the directions on the package.
- Once the chocolate has melted and is a smooth consistency, drizzle the chocolate over the cereal mix and combine with a wooden spoon or hands. Make sure all the cereal is covered in chocolate. If you need to melt the extra white chocolate to cover all the mix then go right on ahead!
- Once the entire batch has been combined, lay it out to dry on a large sheet of parchment or wax paper. Let dry for 1 hour so the chocolate is cooled and hard. Break it up into medium pieces and store in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer.