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
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.
Easy to prepare and full of umami-flavor, this simple recipe is perfect for a kick-back 4th of July.
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!
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.
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.
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!
For the Slow Cooker
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.
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
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.
This refreshing cold soup is the perfect antidote to a hot summer's day.
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.
What is 4th of July without potato salad? This recipe is fresh, herb-filled and contains no mayo!
My family can't get enough of this salad in the summer. Make it with peaches, plums or mangos too.
A favorite of my daughter Margo, this salad delivers red, white and blue goodness and is perfect for the 4th of July.
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.
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."
Quick to make and inexpensive, these noodles can be served hot, cold or at room temperature and always disappear quickly from a potluck table.
Panna cotta is easy to prepare and is made in advance. Just pull out of the fridge when you are ready to serve.
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!
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.
These parfaits are easy, delicious, not too decadent and a way to take advantage of peaches in their prime season.
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: