12 Patriotic Dishes To Serve At Your July 4th Barbecue


There's something about July 4th that makes me crave having all of my friends over, grilling outside, and spending some quality time playing lawn games or crashing the neighborhood pool. And other holidays may have an issues with what I'm about to say (Ahem... I'm looking at you Thanksgivin), but I think Independence Day offers some of the most festive food options there are. I mean, what better way to celebrate America than time with friends and family, and red/white/blue/star/stripe themed EVERYTHING?!

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1. Red, White & Blue Sparkler Cupcakes

Enjoy with caution.

- Vanilla Cupcakes - colored blue (use your favorite box mix or see full post for recipe).
- 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
- ½ cup butter flavored shortening
- 6 cups powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 24 Strawberries
- 24 Sparklers

Bake your favorite vanilla cupcakes (colored blue!) and allow to cool.
For Vanilla Frosting: In a large bowl, cream butter and shortening until smooth. Beat in salt and vanilla.Add powdered sugar and beat on low speed until combined, then on high until frosting is smooth. Pipe onto cupcakes with your favorite tip. Top with a strawberry.Serve with a sparkler (in a well ventilated area)!

Get the full red, white, and blue sparkler cupcake recipe here.

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2. Patriotic Sugar Cookie Fruit Pizza

I made this for my last cookout. So easy and a definite crowd pleaser. This bad boy will be all over Instragram. #july4th #patriotic #nomnomnom

- 1 roll refrigerated sugar cookie dough (can also make your own)
- 1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened (don't use reduced-fat)
- ¼ cup powdered sugar
- 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel/zest
- 2 cups fresh raspberries
- 2 cups fresh blueberries
- ¼ cup apple jelly, melted

1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. Spray 12-inch pizza pan or pizza stone with cooking spray. Cut cookie dough into ¼-inch slices; place in pan.
3. With floured or lightly-greased fingers, press the dough down evenly over bottom of pan to form crust.
4. Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through in the middle. Cool completely (this could take up to a half hour).
5. In the bowl of a stand mixer or simply using a hand mixer, beat cream cheese, powdered sugar and lemon peel/zest until light and fluffy. Spread over the cooled sugar cookie crust.
6. Arrange raspberries in large star shape in center. Arrange blueberries around raspberries. You may not use them all. Drizzle or use a pastry brush to cover fruit with with melted jelly. This step gives enhanced flavor and a nice shine to the fruit.
7. Refrigerate until set, about 30 minutes. Store in refrigerator until ready to serve. Enjoy!

Get the full patriotic sugar cookie fruit pizza recipe here.

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3. Red, White & Blue Burgers

With bleu cheese. Get it? Get it?

- 2 pounds ground beef
- 8 hamburger buns
- 8 oz fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced
- 2 red bell peppers, roasted and peeled
- 4 oz blue cheese crumbles
- Salt and pepper

1. For roasted red peppers, place peppers on grill over over gas burner on high for about five minutes, turning occasionally until the pepper skin is very charred. Remove peppers and place in a bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and let steam for ten minutes.
2. Remove peppers and peel off skin. It should come off pretty easily and it's okay if some skin is left on. Slice stems off of peppers and remove seeds, then slice.
3. Form burgers into quarter pound rounds and make a small indent in each burger with your thumb. Season well with salt and pepper.
4. Grill burgers over high heat for 3-4 minutes. Flip burgers, cook for another 2 minutes or so and then add a slice of fresh mozzarella to each burger.
5. Close the lid on the grill to help the cheese melt. Let cheese melt for a minute, then add pepper slices and blue cheese. Cook for another minute. That should leave you with about a medium burger. Cook longer if you want your burger more done.
6. Serve burger on a toasted bun. I don't think the burger needs ketchup or mustard, but feel free to add those to your taste!

Get the full red, white and blue cheese burger recipe here.

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4. Red, White & Blue Pretzel Rods

These are great because you can munch away and leave your other hand free for sparkler waving.

- Pretzel rods - Red, white & blue candy melts (found at Michaels & Joanns) - Blue sugar - Two Ziploc bags, small

1. Start by melting the entire bag of white candy melts in a tall drinking glass. I used the defrost setting on my microwave. Stir every 30 seconds. Line a baking sheet with nonstick wax or parchment paper.
2. Begin by dipping each pretzel rod in the white candy coating. Gently tap off excess chocolate and place on a baking sheet. Repeat with remaining pretzel rods. Place in fridge for about 10 minutes to allow chocolate to harden.
3. While white chocolate is cooling, take two ziploc bags and fill one bag with blue candy melts and the other with red candy melts.
4. Microwave each bag on defrost until they melt. Grab the cooled pretzel rods from the fridge. Cut the tip of the blue bag off (just barely!!! or too much will come out). Going left to right squeeze the bag and make lines across the pretzel rods. Repeat with the red bag.
5. For the pretzel rods covered in sugar, just sprinkle sugar over the pretzels when the white chocolate is still warm.
6. Place in fridge to harden. Once completely cooled and hardened, you can take each pretzel off the baking sheet and gently break off any excess chocolate.

Get the full red, white and blue pretzel rod recipe here](http://catchmyparty.com/blog/red-white-blue-pretzel-rods).

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5. Patriotic Fruit Kabobs

These are a real winner with the kids--a fun way to sneak in a little fruit.

- 1 pint of strawberries, sliced in half
- 2-3 bananas, sliced
- 1 pint of blueberries
- 1 pack of wooden skewers

1. For the first five skewers, thread 5 blueberries at the top, then follow with an alternate pattern of slices of bananas and strawberries.
2. For the remaining skewers, alternate with strawberries and bananas.
3. Serve on a white rectangular platter for a vibrant display.

Get the full patriotic fruit kabob recipe here.

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6. Red, White & Blue Patriotic Brownies

Because chocolate looks really good dressed up for July 4th!

- 2/3 cup coconut oil (canola and vegetable oil work too)
- 1 1/4 cups sugar
- 1/4 cup water
- 4 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips, divided (24 ounces)
- 2 tsps vanilla
- 4 eggs
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup butter, softened - 1/2 cup Shortening - 2 tbls warm water (2-3) - 1 tsp almond extract - 1 lb confectioners sugar - red & blue dye - white edible pearls

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Spray a 13 x 9-inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.
2. In a heavy saucepan, bring coconut oil, sugar and water to a boil, stirring constantly until the sugar is dissolved (about 2-3 minutes). Remove from the heat, stir in 2 cups of chocolate chips until melted; cool slightly then beat in vanilla.
3. In a mixing bowl, whisk eggs, gradually add in the chocolate mixture, beating with a wooden spoon until completely mixed. In a separate bowl, mix together flour, baking soda, and salt; add to the chocolate mixture and mix well to combine. Stir in the remaining chocolate chips.
4. Spread into prepared baking pan. Bake for 35-40 minutes (don't overbake).
5. While the brownies cool, prepare the frosting. Beat together butter, shortening, 1 tbsp of warm water, and almond until smooth and creamy. Beat in the sugar gradually on a low setting. Scrape sides of bowl as needed.
6. Mixture will be very thick. After all sugar is incorporated, add 1-2 more tbsp. of warm water and beat at medium/medium-high speed for 1-2 more minutes. Adding more warm water will continue to thin the frosting consistency and bring down the sweetness even more. Add as much as you like to get the appropriate flavor and consistency. Be careful because a little goes a long way, frosting should be able to hold it's shape, but not be too thick.
7. The frosting can also be made several days in advance and stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Bring to room temperature, then mix well before using. Leftovers should be refrigerated.
8. Get the look by diving frosting into three bowls and adding a few drops of red color to one bowl and a few drops of blue color to another bowl. Stir each well to combine. Place a 1M Decorating Tube 1M into a large piping bag. Add blue frosting to two sides of the bag, then add red frosting in between each of the blue stripes. Finally, add the while frosting to the center of the bag and gently press all the frosting evenly down toward the tip.
7. Decorate brownies with red, white, and blue stars. Top with white pearls.

Get the full red, white, and blue patriotic brownie recipe here](https://www.aroundmyfamilytable.com/patriotic-brownies/).

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7. Patriotic Cake Pops

Food on a stick > Food not on a stick

- 1 box of your favorite cake mix (plus all ingredients needed, as listed on box), or your favorite from scratch cake recipe
- ¾ can prepared cream cheese frosting
- White or blue chocolate melts (the author prefers to use the Wilton brand)
- Red chocolate melts (the author prefers to use the Wilton brand)
- White sprinkles (the ones that look like little balls)
- 1 Waxed paper
- 50 lollipop sticks

1. Bake cake as directed on package or in recipe.
2. When completely cool, break the cake into crumbs by hand in a large bowl. Mix in full can of frosting until well blended.
3. Roll the cake mixture into 1-inch balls and place on waxed paper.
4. Melt the candy melts as directed or in a melting pot.
5. Dip a lollipop stick about ½ inch into the melted chocolate and insert the stick into the rounded part of a cake ball. Repeat for remaining cake balls.
6. Place the cake pops in the freezer for about 10 minutes, or in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes, to firm.
7. Once the pops are firm, remove from the fridge/freezer and dip each into the melted chocolate, tapping excess chocolate off.
8. For the "stars" of your flag, blue candy-making melting chocolate. For the "stripes" pops, use the red candy melts.
9. Prop up pops, cake end down, on waxed paper while the chocolate is still slightly warm, so the candy hardens into a flat surface at the top (this will help your pops stand up when serving).
10. Finish the blue pops with white sprinkles before chocolate coating hardens.
11. Drizzle white chocolate over the red pops after chocolate coating hardens.
12. Line up your pops to create the Stars & Stripes on a tray.

Get the full patriotic cake pop recipe here.

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8. America's Regional Hot Dogs

The USA is hot dog country and each region has it's own particular flare for dressing up their dogs. Instead of sticking with ketchup and mustard, pick 2 or 3 of your favorite and create a regional hot dog bar instead!

Here are my favorite:
Carolina dog
I grew up on this one. All-beef dog + creamy coleslaw + meat chili + raw Vidalia onion + yellow mustard
Memphis dog
Pork sausage + bacon + BBQ sauce + chopped onions + diced scallions + shredded cheddar
Kansas City-style
All-beef or pork sausage + Swiss cheese + sauerkraut + Thousand Island dressing.

Get the full regional hot dog recipes here.

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9. Red, White & Blue Potato Salad

Upgrade the traditional yellow potato salad to something a little more.... "America."

- 1 cup chopped green onions, divided
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
- 4 teaspoons Dijon mustard
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 pound unpeeled small or baby red-skinned potatoes
- 1 pound small purple or blue potatoes, peeled
- 1 pound unpeeled small white creamer or White Rose potatoes
- 2 cups cooked fresh peas, or one 10-ounce package frozen, thawed
- 1 1/2 cups crumbled blue cheese (about 6 ounces)
- Paprika

1. Whisk 1/2 cup green onions and next 7 ingredients in medium bowl.
2. Cover and chill dressing.
Do ahead: Can be made 1 day ahead. Keep chilled.
3. Place all potatoes in large saucepan. Add enough water to cover by 1 inch. Sprinkle with salt. Bring to boil, reduce heat to medium, and boil until tender, 10 to 15 minutes (time will vary depending on size and variety of potatoes). Drain and cool to room temperature.
4. Cut potatoes into 1/2-inch-thick slices and place in large bowl. Add dressing, peas, and blue cheese; toss gently. Cover and chill at least 2 hours and up to 1 day.
5. Sprinkle potato salad with paprika and remaining 1/2 cup green onions.

Get the full red, white, and blue potato salad recipe here.

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10. Patriotic Punch

A kid-friendly alternative to plain-ol soda pop that's wayyyy more festive.

- For the red, Hawaiian Punch or Cranberry Sierra Mist
- For the blue, blue Gatorade (the author suggests G2--you need something with less sugar than your red base so it will float)
- Diet Sierra Mist

1. Fill your glasses up all the way to the top with ice.
2. Start with red and fill up the glass 1/3 of the way.
3. SLOWLY pour the blue another 1/3 of the way. You may want to use the spoon trick to help keep the layers separate.
4. Finish the top layer with the white-colored liquid and you're done!

Get the full patriotic punch recipe here.

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11. Red, White & Blue Poke Cake

Poke cakes are sooooo easy, and with the bright colors this one provides, you're sure to instigate "ooooh"ing and "aaaahhh"ing from your guests.

- 1 box white cake mix, and everything called for to make it
- 1 package red Jell-O
- 1 package blue Jell-O
- 1 tub dessert topping/whipped cream
- Red and blue berries or sprinkles for topping it all off!

1. Prepare and bake cake in a 9x13 pan according to package directions or recipe.
2. Let cake cool 15 minutes. Using a chopstick or similar tool, poke holes all over the cake (the author did 15 rows of 12).
3. Mix red Jell-O with 3/4 cup boiling water until dissolved. Add 1/2 cup cold water. Pour red Jell-O into every other row of holes.
4. Repeat with blue Jell-O. Cover and refrigerate 4 hours or overnight.
5. If using, whip heavy cream & powdered sugar on medium until stiff peaks form. Spread over cake. Keep refrigerated until serving.

Get the full red, white and blue poke cake recipe here.

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12. Red, White & Blue Jello Shots

A little something to help the adults get their sparkle on.

red + blue layers:
- 3oz box of red Jello
- 3oz box of blue Jello
- 2 cups vodka {the author used unflavored}
- 2 cups water
white layer:
- ⅔ cup heavy cream
- ⅔ cup milk
- ⅔ cup vanilla vodka
- ¼ cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 ½ teaspoons Knox powdered gelatin
- 1 ½ tablespoons water

Blue layer:
1. Heat 1 cup water, add blue jello mix + stir until dissolved.
2. Add 1 cup vodka + stir to combine.
3. Distribute the liquid evenly into your shot cups - filling the cups only ⅓ full!
4. Refrigerate, about 1-2 hours, until completely set.
White layer: this is the most difficult part of these tricolor shots!
1. Place powdered gelatin + water in small bowl, let soak for 5 minutes to allow the gelatin to bloom.
2. In a medium saucepan, heat cream, milk, sugar + vanilla extract to a simmer, stirring occasionally.
3. Remove the saucepan from heat, add gelatin mix + stir to dissolve.
4. Once dissolved, add vanilla vodka. let cool 10-15 minutes.
5. Distribute the white liquid over the blue, filling up another ⅓ of the way!
6. Refrigerate, about 1-2 hours, until completely set.
Red layer: this layer is the same process as the blue. .
1. Heat 1 cup water, add red jello mix + stir until dissolved.
2. Add 1 cup vodka + stir to combine.
3. Let the liquid cool completely, about 5-10 minutes.
4. Distribute the red liquid over the white layer, filling up the last ⅓ of the way!
5. Refrigerate, about 1-2 hours, until completely set.
6. Once they have completely set you are done! ‘garnish' each shot glass with a patriotic toothpick {this helps get the jello shot out for easy no-mess shooting} + enjoy {safely!}

Get the full red, white, and blue jello shot recipe here.