Fourth of July 2015: Five patriotic recipes for an Independence Day bash

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By: Danielle Waldron
dwaldron@flavor574.com

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There are two food groups for Fourth of July celebrations: barbecue and red, white and blue foods. 

Fourth of July falls on a Saturday this year, and you can party all weekend on a steady diet of festive foods with these five simple recipes. 

Red, white and blue mason jar salad 

From The Cookie Rookie

These portable salads are great for a backyard party and can be made ahead of time to celebrate during the work week before or after the Fourth of July. If it’s easier, you can make a big batch of salad in a bowl for guests to help themselves. 

Ingredients: 

  • 2 cups spring mix lettuce or spinach 
  • 1 cup chopped strawberries 
  • ½ cup blueberries 
  • ½ cup feta cheese 
  • 4 tbsp. poppy seed salad dressing 
  • 2 mason jars 

Directions: 

  1. Assemble salads in the jars by pouring 2 tablespoons of dressing in the bottom of each jar. Top with a half of a cup of strawberries, a fourth of a cup of feta cheese, a fourth of a cup of blueberries and a cup of greens. 
  2. Shake well before eating and either pour contents into bowl or eat from jar. 

Red, white and blue fruit and brownie skewers 

From Cupcake Diaries

Skewers aren’t just for grilling with steak and bell peppers. 

Ingredients: 

  • Homemade brownies or brownie bites, cut into small cubes
  • Strawberry slices 
  • Blueberries 
  • Large marshmallows, cut in half 
  • Bamboo skewers

Directions: 

On a bamboo skewer, slide a brownie piece, two blueberries, half of a marshmallow and a slice of strawberry. Repeat one more time and place a brownie at the top end of the skewer. 

Grilled blackberry, strawberry, basil and brie pizza crisps 

From Half Baked Harvest

Fourth of July celebrations aren’t just about the sweets, but these miniature pizza crisps have a bit of fruit sweetness in an otherwise savory bite. 

Ingredients: 

  • ½ lb. of your favorite pizza dough 
  • ¼ cup olive oil 
  • 16 basil leaves, chopped and divided 
  • 8-12 oz. brie, sliced 
  • 1½ cups strawberry, chopped 
  • ¾ cup blackberries 
  • ½ tsp. pepper 
  • ½ cup balsamic vinegar 
  • 3 tbsp. honey 

Directions: 

  1. Prepare the dough an hour or two ahead of time. 
  2. While dough rises, make honey balsamic glaze with the balsamic vinegar and honey. Add both to small saucepan and simmer until reduced by half, about 10 or 15 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside until ready to use. 
  3. When ready to grill the pizza, preheat the grill on high. 
  4. Add blackberries to bowl and add about half of the basil. Lightly mash blackberries with fork. 
  5. Invert baking sheet and dust with flour. Divide the pizza dough in half and roll each in half as flat as possible. Cut dough into 12 to 16 squares or circles. 
  6. Add olive oil to small bowl and brush both sides of pizza rounds with olive oil and place on baking sheet. 
  7. Carefully add half of the pizza rounds to prepared grill for no more than two minutes. Remove dough with tongs when it bubbles, and repeat until all dough is grilled. Reduce heat to medium. 
  8. Top each grill side of the pizzas with brie, leaving about a half-inch border around the edges so the brie does not melt all over the grill. Top lightly with mashed blackberries and chopped strawberries. 
  9. Carefully return pizzas to grill for another three to five minutes. Top pizzas with fresh basil and balsamic honey drizzle.

Pie in a jar 

From Stone Gable

Salad isn’t the only mason jar food that’s a party hit. Desserts like pies and cakes, even parfaits are charming in mason jars. 

Ingredients: 

  • Four 4-ounce mason jars 
  • Pie crust dough 
  • 2 cups fruit
  • 2 tbsp. sugar 
  • 2 tbsp. flour 
  • 1 tbsp. butter 
  • Pinch of lemon zest 
  • Egg (optional) 
  • Sanding sugar 

Directions: 

  1. Make pie dough. Using a clean 4-ounce ball jar, pinch off a quarter size of the dough, roll into a ball and place in the bottom of the jar. Break off another piece of the dough, roll and press into the side of the jar. Continue to press quarter size pieces in the side of the jar until the whole side of the jar is covered. 
  2. Mix washed fruit into bowl with sugar, flour and lemon zest. Divide butter between jars and dot each with butter. 
  3. Roll out the remainder of the dough, and using the lids of the jars as a template, cut out circles of the top of the pies. Pies must be vented to release steam, so cut a small design in the center of the top using a paring knife or miniature cookie cutter. 
  4. Secure the top of the crust in the side of the jar by pressing it to the edge of the jar. 
  5. Make egg wash with one egg and some water. Brush tops of pies with egg wash, and sprinkle with sugar. 
  6. Bake at 375 degrees for 45 minutes or until crust is golden brown. 

Red, white and blue ice cream sandwich 

From A Thrifty Mom.

If you’re short on time or really don’t want to stand in front of a 375 degree oven in July, these ice cream sandwiches can be whipped together in a breeze.

Ingredients:

  • Box of ice cream sandwiches 
  • Red, white and blue sprinkles 

Directions: 

Unwrap the ice cream sandwiches and roll the ice cream sides in a bowl of sprinkles until all four sides are coated. Can make into pops by placing a popsicle stick into one of the ends. 

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