4th of July Food

Creative, Different, Scrumptious

4th of July food is traditionally in the red, white and blue color palette. Just check out our 4th of July desserts, 4th of July cakes, and 4th of July cupcakes to see what I mean. Oh, that's right, you all eat real food, not just dessert like me...my bad. But, what if you bring all of the firework colors into the mix? We're talkin' bright golds, deep purples, rich magentas.

Vegetarian sliders fall into the category of 4th of July ideas that are utterly cool and perfect. Sliders are just the right size. You can try one, or you can try two or three different ones over the course of the day or evening.

I like to think of sliders as really big hors d'oeuvres. This means they come with an equally big bonus: you don't have to commit to only one entrée. Feel free to go wild and dabble in a bunch of your favorite foods. I guarantee your guests will love the idea as much as we do. Oh, and don't forget the other upside to sliders as a 4th of July food: they make great 4th of July appetizer recipes, too.

Bright Gold Butternut Squash Sliders with
Honey Vinegar Sauce

Cut your squash in half and remove the seeds. Cut the halves into 1/2" slices. You'll need 2 slices for each of your sliders.

Coat the grill and each piece of butternut squash with olive oil. Add thyme to equal parts of red wine vinegar and honey, then brush the sauce on each piece of squash. Set aside some of the sauce to coat the slider rolls, too. Grill for 5 minutes each side.

Brush sauce on each slider roll and add 2 slices of squash.

Rich Magenta Beet Sliders with Tarragon Mayo

Roast beets in the oven or cook them on the stove. When tender, peel them and slice them 1/2" thick. Brush a little olive oil on each slice. Place on the grill for 2 minutes each side to get a smoky flavor and great grill lines.

Add chopped tarragon, green onions, and parsley to mayonnaise. Cut the mayo with sour cream and slather (that's right, slather) the mixture on slider rolls. Add salt and pepper and a beet slice.

Deep Purple Eggplant Sliders with Goat Cheese

Leave that gorgeous purple skin on the eggplant and cut into 1/2" slices. The key to keeping eggplant from drying out is to soak it for a half hour in salt water. Dissolve 2 tablespoons of salt in 1 cup of warm water, then stir in 3 quarts of cold water. Add the eggplant. Place a smaller plate in the bowl to weigh the eggplant down; you want the pieces to be completely covered with water.

After a half hour, remove the eggplant from the salt water and pat dry with paper towels. Brush olive oil on both sides. Season with salt and pepper.

Place on grill for 5 minutes each side. While still hot, lay one eggplant slice on slider roll bottom and sprinkle with crumbled goat cheese. Add roll top.

Seafood BBQ Ideas To Give A Taste
of the Coast

If you spend your 4th of July at the beach you need to have some 4th of July ideas that include seafood for sure (get it…sure, shore—it's the little things). Shellfish are the order of the day for this 4th of July menu.

King Crab Legs Made Easy

This 4th of July food doesn't normally come to mind as something to grill, but it's actually one of the easiest. Coat the grill with olive oil and preheat. Mix together melted butter, olive oil, crushed garlic, and rosemary. Brush this generously over the king crab legs. Cook for 5 minutes. Turn and brush the other side, and cook for 5 more minutes.

Not only will the crabmeat be moist and delicious, but by grilling them the legs will be brittle enough to break with your hands, making them really easy to eat!

Shrimp on a Stick

Shrimp kabobs are an ideal 4th of July food. You can eat them right off of the skewer. Use our ideas below for 4th of July appetizer recipes or for your 4th of July entrées. Make sure all the shrimp are peeled and deveined before skewering them.

  • Barbecue shrimp with bacon and hot peppers
  • Asian shrimp with snow peas and bamboo shoots
  • Hawaiian shrimp with pineapple and Maui onion (sweet onion)

Clams and Mussels on the Grill

Use a fish or vegetable grate to make this easy-to-cook 4th of July food. Brush the grill with olive oil. Scrub all clams and mussels with a brush. Place all clams on the grate first, then the mussels, rounded side down. Cook until they open: 5-8 minutes for the clams, and 2-5 minutes for the mussels. Throw away all clams and mussels that do not open. Place all opened clams and mussels in a large bowl.

Saute minced shallots in white wine and butter. Pour the wine mixture over your mollusks.

For more traditional ideas when it comes to 4th of July food, be sure to check out our 4th of July recipes. We've got it all: ribs, chicken, beef, and the side dishes to go with them. We even have MomMom's BBQ sauce to make everything oh so delicious. And, believe me, my MomMom owned diners, so she knew what she was doing!

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