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4th of July recipes from our archives

4th of July is for eating out-of-doors, whether you are at the beach, in the park, on a boat or in your own backyard. 4th of July is also a time for grilling and potluck meals. For this 4th of July we honor our multicultural nation with grilled food, side dishes, desserts and summer cocktails from around the world. Here are our best 4th of July dishes:

For the Grill

SpiediesSpiedies | Something New For Dinner

Art Manni introduced me to these delectable kabobs. This winning dish from upstate New York can be made with pork, chicken or lamb. Serve your Spiedies on a grilled Italian bun with a cold beer and check out my recipe for the interesting history behind this dish.


 Thai-Style Grilled Flank SteakThai-Style Grilled Flank Steak | Something New For Dinner

Easy to prepare and full of umami-flavor, this simple recipe is perfect for a kick-back 4th of July.


Killer Chicken Tacos Killer Chicken Tacos | Something New For Dinner

These spicy grilled veggie and chicken tacos are a great way to feed a lot of people. They are easy, healthy and delicious. Please ignore the photo, this was one of my early recipes and the photo does not reflect the quality of this recipe!


Za'atar and Lemon Grilled Chicken Za'atar And Lemon Grilled Chicken | Something New For Dinner

I learned to make this delicious Lebanese chicken from a friend's daughter, Alex. This was her grandmother's recipe. Serve with grilled vegetables and tabbouleh.


Teriyaki BeefTeriyaki Beef | Something New For Dinner

This is my favorite cheater recipe for when I need to serve a crowd and don't want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen. Yes, I confess, the marinade comes out of a bottle. But it is ever soooo good.


Peach, Prosciutto and Chicken Kabobs Peach, Prosciutto & Chicken kabobs | Something New For Dinner

If there is one recipe I hope to talk you into this summer, it is these amazing kabobs. You can only get peaches for a few summer months, so make haste while peaches are in season!


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For the Slow Cooker

Slow Cooker Shredded Beef TacosSlow Cooker Beef Tacos | Something New For Dinner

These fusion tacos are slow-cooked in red wine, chili, tamarind and lime juice. The meat is shredded and served with mango, avocado, burrata cheese and salsa. The result is an unusual, but delectable combination of flavors and textures.


Slow Cooker Sriracha Pulled Pork This recipe is a slow-cooker version of Sweet and Sriracha Spicy Oven Roast Pulled Pork by White on Rice Couple. Use this pulled pork to make delicious sandwiches or spicy tacos.

I modified this recipe for the slow cooker. It is based on a fabulous White on Rice recipe Sweet and Sriracha Spicy Oven Roasted Pulled Pork.


For Side Dishes and Potluck

Seafood GazpachoSeafood Gazpacho | Something New For Dinner

This is one of my all time favorites that is somewhere between a gazpacho and a ceviche. It is quick to make and always garners boatloads of compliments. 


Watermelon GazpachoThis easy-to-make watermelon and tomato gazpacho is perfect summer dish to get you through the heat, minimize your cooking efforts and feed you for a week.

This refreshing cold soup is the perfect antidote to a hot summer's day. 


Orzo Salad orzo-salad_Slide1

This recipe is one of the reasons I started Something New For Dinner. It is a wonderful pasta salad that is quick and easy to make. You can dress it up by adding grilled vegetables, chicken or shrimp or serve it as is. Serve at room temperature. 


Roasted Potato Salad with HerbsRoasted Potato Salad With Herbs | Something New for Dinner

What is 4th of July without potato salad? This recipe is fresh, herb-filled and contains no mayo!


Watermelon, Tomato & Strawberry Salad with BurrataSweet watermelon, vine-ripened tomatoes and juicy strawberries, on top of melt-in-your-mouth burrata, sprinkled with fresh herbs and pine nuts. This salad is delicious.

My family can't get enough of this salad in the summer. Make it with peaches, plums or mangos too.


Asian-Style ColeslawAsian-Style Coleslaw | Something New For Dinner

This coleslaw is ladened with crispy vegetables and no mayo! Excellent with Pulled pork.  


Strawberry, Blueberry, Spinach & Quinoa salad Strawberry & Spinach Summer Salad | Something New For Dinner

A favorite of my daughter Margo, this salad delivers red, white and blue goodness and is perfect for the 4th of July.


Pascal's Beans Crunchy, delicious, healthy and quick.These green beans are great last minute or prepared in advance. Perfect for home meals, potluck or picnics.

Pascal Olhat, of the old Tradition's restaurant in Newport Beach taught me how to make these delicious beans, which goes to show that simple preparations are sometimes best. Serve at room temperature.


Grilled Mexican Corn Grilled Mexican Corn | Something New For Dinner

If you have spent anytime in Mexico, you are familiar with the street corn known as Elotes, and know how incredibly messy, but oh-so delicious it is. My recipe calls for a few untraditional ingredients that I think make this corn even more delicious. JP says it is "the best corn I have ever eaten." 


Perfect Asian Sesame Noodles

Quick to make and inexpensive, these noodles can be served hot, cold or at room temperature and always disappear quickly from a potluck table.


For Dessert 

Cherry Panna CottaCherry Panna Cotta | Something New For Dinner

Panna cotta is easy to prepare and is made in advance. Just pull out of the fridge when you are ready to serve.


Rice Krispie Treats by DeniseRice Krispie Treats By Denise | Something New For Dinner

These all-American chocolate-topped treats are welcome at any barbecue or picnic. My friend Denise has been making them for years. Whenever she arrives at a party with a plate of these tasty nuggets I quickly stash a couple away for personal consumption later because I know they will be gone in a nano second. Now you know my darkest secret!


Jacques Torres Chocolate Chip CookiesJacques Torres Cookies | Something New For Dinner

If you want to go all out, these are the chocolate chip cookies to make. $20 of good chocolate goes into every batch. They are nothing short of stupendously good.


Grilled Peach & Amaretti Parfaits in a JarGrilled Peach & Amaretti Parfaits | Something New For Dinner

These parfaits are easy, delicious, not too decadent and a way to take advantage of peaches in their prime season.


White Nectarine Crisp with Salted Honey WhipSalted Honey Nectarine Crisp | Something New For Dinner

When stone fruit is plentiful we make a lot of crisps. This summertime treat is made with white nectarines covered in an oatmeal and walnut topping and finished with a dollop of honeyed whip cream and a sprinkling of Maldon salt.


Don't Forget the Cocktails

There are so many great summer cocktails to drink on the 4th of July. Here are some of our favorites:

Garden Mulegarden-moscow-mule_Slide1


Orange MuleOrange Mule Recipe | Something New For Dinner


Moscow Mules Maui-StyleMoscow Mule Maui Style | Something New For Dinner


Aperol Spritz Aperol Spritz | Something New For Dinner

Tropical Sangria with Passion Fruit Tropical Sangria With Passionfruit | Something New For Dinner


Watermelon CoolerWatermelonCooler_Slide2


Have a wonderful 4th of July!!!


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