We love to talk to you about your car and driving safely, but it’s a holiday week. Let’s begin our Independence Day celebration a bit early! Fourth of July means great food, fireworks, food, swimming, food, friends…and did we mention food?
Here are some of the best recipes for the traditional holiday fare.
BBQ: It wouldn’t be July 4th unless someone fired up the grill. So bring on the brats, burgers, ribs, chicken, shrimp and steak! No matter what recipe you use, be sure that you cook your meats to the proper temperatures. Don’t forget the homemade BBQ sauce.
- Cold Drinks: We know you’re icing up the beverages already, but why not make the event a bit more festive with a specialty drink? For example, create a Red Sangria or Guy Fieri’s 4th of July cocktail. Of course, you could always go with the classic sweet tea or lemonade. If you do serve adult beverages, be sure to designate a driver or offer a place to stay.
Side Dishes: Corn on the Cob, potato chips, fresh fruit and veggies are sure to be on the table. Potato Salad is the most popular side dish, but some shy away from it due to the risks of mayonnaise out in the heat. If you’d love an alternative, try this recipe with poppy seed dressing. You can’t miss with Baked Beans and Pasta Salad. Just remember to keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold. Food that has been sitting out in hot weather for over two hours has a greater risk of food borne illness. So make sure to put it all away after everyone has had a chance to get seconds (because they will!).
- Dessert: Some of the best parties promise more desserts than other food. The recipes for patriotic desserts are endless and so much fun! Try this trifle or an American flag cake. Of course, homemade ice cream will please even the pickiest of eaters.
So, relax and enjoy a day of celebration of this great country! Here’s to a delicious July 4th!