And now, when faced with the other responsibilities of the week, you no longer have time to rummage through your cookbooks or browse Google.
To cut down on the search time, we’ve rounded up a variety of sweet, savory, and delicious recipes to elevate your Independence Day spread. And, best of all, they’re all red, white, and blue foods to keep your party looking patriotic and they’re easy to make, too.
Check out the ideas we found most appealing to celebrate below.
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Growing up, we had this every 4th of July, Memorial Day, block party — you name it. Whatever holidays or warm weather occasions were on the calendar, a blueberry kuchen was on the table. This sweet fruit tart is delicious on-trend and perfect for summer.
With Kristen Coffield’s version calling for seven ingredients and six steps, this summer favorite is a winner every time.
And, it can be made even more festive with an addition.
“You can add fresh raspberries to the filling and then sprinkle with icing sugar,” Coffield told USA TODAY in an email. “It gives a festive presentation in red, white and blue.”
Red, white and blue fruit salad
Talk about easy – and a fan favorite. Who doesn’t love a fruit salad? As the Wiggles say, “Yum yum.”
Between raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, bananas, cherries, white peaches and watermelon, the red, whitish and blue color range is easy to achieve.
And there are also ways to make your fruit salad stand out at a patriotic event. Two healthy kitchens provides tips on how to craft your 4th of July fruit salad and when to do it (think cookie cutters to shape stars and how to avoid browning bananas by adding the fruit just before serving, e.g. example).
Festive charcuterie board
Like a fruit salad, a charcuterie board requires less cooking and more assembly. And it can be done in patriotic tones.
Charcuterie boards leave room for a lot of creativity and combinations of varied tastes.
tasty oven The recipe for the 4th of July themed platter combines sweet fruits – including watermelon, strawberries and raspberries – with savory dishes such as tomatoes, pepperoni and salami, as well as cheeses like mozzarella pearls and cheese. white cheddar while adding sweet treats including mini marshmallows and M&Ms.
That said, all advice is open to interpretation. Choose the red, white and blue flavors that appeal to you.
Strawberries stuffed with cheesecake
I’m drooling just thinking about it. I love cheesecake and I love strawberries – topped with a blueberry, what could be better? Or rather patriotic?
Dessert now Dinner later offers a simple no-bake dessert tutorial that looks as good on a platter as it will taste – and the prep time is just 15 minutes. These are sure to be a hit with kids and adults alike at your party, and you can serve them as an appetizer or dessert.
Red, white and blue flag cake
At Ina Garden Recipe “Flag cake” is sure to add a patriotic touch to your table and is structured from blueberries, raspberries and frosting.
A bit more labor intensive, this cake takes 45 minutes to make and lots of butter – 6 and a quarter sticks for cake and frosting in total. But it serves 20-24 people, so who’s counting?
Garten has shared this cake for several all-American celebrations and called it the “perfect baking project with the kids.”
What does the 4th of July say more than one cherry pie?
There are several ways to tackle the cherry pie: one requires a lot of effort, the other is minimal.
The first, which calls for making the crust from scratch, like The pioneer woman directs in its recipe, takes more time and more effort. But who can beat a homemade crust?
If you have less time or baking confidence, a cherry pie can also be made easily with a pre-made crust. Pillsbury, the pie and crust producer, has a recipe on her website using four ingredients, including the brand’s premade crusts, premixed cherry pie filling, milk and sugar.
If you are gluten-free, you will find pre-made pie shells on instagram and sometimes at Trader Joe’s.
Red, white and blue popsicles
The 4th of July weekend is usually warm – or sweltering – which makes it the perfect holiday to offer popsicles to your guests.
One important thing to note: this recipe requires popsicle sticks, popsicle molds, and a blender. Once you have these supplies, with only four ingredients to consider (strawberries, blueberries, coconut milk, and granulated sugar), it will be a breeze to assemble, freeze, and enjoy.
If you’re not a fan of any of these ingredients, Cooking Therapy recommends substitutions: raspberries for strawberries, Greek yogurt to replace coconut milk, other fruits, and blue food coloring to avoid using blueberries and agave sweetener in place of sugar.
Red, white and blue corn tostadas
The perfect combination of salty and crunchy, Frugal Nutrition Red, white and blue corn tostadas are simple, easy to prepare and economical.
They’re baked, not fried, so they land on the healthier side of things and are vegetarian to boot. Assemble the stacks using blue corn tortillas, mashed white beans, tomatoes or salsa and a savory cheese like queso fresca, cotija or feta.
Frugal Nutrition estimates that the recipe, designed for six people, costs just under $5 to make, or just over 80 cents per person.
Berry vodka soda
We can’t do without libations at a party, can we?
In addition to easy themed drinks like red and white wines, Eat well has a recipe for a berry vodka soda made with thawed frozen berries, seltzer water, and vodka, providing a light and refreshing option for fourth birthday celebrations.
And for those who don’t want to drink alcohol, this berry soda vodka could be turned into no-vodka – thawed berry soda (and if you don’t like that, there are plenty soft drink options on the market today).
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Sparkling red, white and blue wine
“Light” on alcohol and heavy on party vibes, Fox and Briar red, white, and blue wine sparklings are meant to be session-drinkable, which means they’re easy to drink, especially on a hot day.
The cocktail, which can be made in a batch for pitchers, is made with white wine, fruit and sparkling water and can be made a day ahead, saving you an extra prep step on BBQ day .