America's birthday, Independence Day, July Fourth -- whatever you call it, this is a day for outdoor fun, fireworks, and low-key cookouts based on recipes that are cheap and easy to prepare. With the summer harvest just coming in, ripe and ready fruits such as blueberries, strawberries, watermelon, and raspberries and vegetables such as corn, peppers, and tomatoes sell for budget prices at the farmers market and deserve starring roles in Fourth of July meals. Build them into a patriotic theme with an occasional boost from food coloring or red and blue sprinkles. And if you’re hosting, these quick, easy side dishes for summer parties might come in handy, too.
20 Easy, Patriotic Foods to Bring to a Fourth of July Party
This is more of a play on words than a visual treat, and especially good for burger lovers who want an extra dose of blue cheese. This burger packs big flavor in true American style, and is a delicious twist on a cookout classic staple. Another idea: Use blue food coloring on white cheese such as queso fresco or even cream cheese.
Thanks to blue corn chips, it's super easy to arrange a chip and dip platter in the color scheme of a flag. Use red veggies such as tomatoes or bell peppers as stripes on the base of a creamy white dip made from beans, garlic, and sour cream or cream cheese.
Recipe:The Creative Bite
An all-American classic, potato salad is a welcome addition at any summer party. This traditional recipe is spot on, including a trick to pack tons of flavor into the potato chunks by drizzling with vinegar while they are still hot. And if you can find them at the market, try mixing in red and blue potatoes with the white for a colorful twist.
Cheapism.com participates in affiliate marketing programs, which means we may earn a commission if you choose to purchase a product through a link on our site. This helps support our work and does not influence editorial content.