The Red, White, and Blue Menu

The Red, White, and Blue Menu

The Red, White, and Blue Menu

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Founding Father John Adams wrote his wife on July 3, 1776, telling her Independence Day should be celebrated with "bonfires and illuminations."The fledgling Congress ratified the Declaration of Independence on July 4. If you're among the millions of Americans planning a Fourth of July celebration this year, we have many food ideas from easy appetizers to easy-to-make drinks. 

Red, White, and Blue Caprese Salad
When it comes to easy appetizers, it's tough to beat the flavor and patriotic appeal of a fruity watermelon caprese salad. This quick recipe pairs juicy watermelon with blueberries, feta, olive oil, salt, pepper, and fresh basil for a sweet, salty, herbaceous app that will pop in your guests'mouths.

BLT Cups
Looking for finger food ideas? Thinly slice the bottom of a cherry tomato so it sits up straight. Then, scoop out the inside to make a tomato cup. Repeat with all the tomatoes you're using. Fill each with bite-size pieces of cooked bacon, lettuce, and a dollop of your favorite dressing. Arrange on a platter for an easy appetizer that screams summer. 

BBQ Chicken 
BBQs and Fourth of July go hand in hand. Tantalize the taste buds of your meat-eating guests with fresh-off-the-grill chicken slathered in homemade sauce or your favorite store-bought barbecue sauce. Baste the chicken with sauce while it grills. Serve it with extra on the side for anyone who likes their chicken super-saucy. 

No Fourth of July celebration is complete without burgers. If you have vegetarian guests, veggie burgers are easy food ideas. Add some black bean or other meat-free burgers to the grill before firing it up for your traditional burgers.

Grilled Corn
Throw shucked ears of corn on the grill, turning frequently for about 10 minutes. Butter the cooked ears or top them with flavorful extras. Ideas include pesto and parmesan, barbecue sauce, and crushed potato chips, or some mayo, chili powder, and lime juice. It's a fast way to give your party guests a memorable side dish. 

Red, White, and Blue Grilled Potato Salad
Swap your traditional potato salad with this easy, make-ahead version that can sit out at room temperature without spoiling. Pre-boil small tricolor potatoes until tender. Halve and season them before tossing them on the grill. Transfer them to a bowl and squeeze fresh lemon juice and olive oil over top. Season with fresh herbs, salt, and pepper.

Easy to Make Drinks
Have a DIY setup with a cooler filled with ice and your favorite canned or bottled beverages. Choose one beverage that you can make in a big batch. Iced tea, fruit punch, and lemonade are great options. 

Need to fund your party budget? Whether you're shopping for new outdoor furniture or a new grill, CreditBoxcan help you throw the best Fourth of July celebration. You can even earn extra cash when you refer a friend with our referral program
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