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10 Dishes to Change Up Your Fourth of July Menu

10 Dishes to Change Up Your Fourth of July Menu

10 Dishes to Change Up Your Fourth of July Menu

Unsure what to eat this Fourth of July? Whether you’re hosting a small gathering or planning a huge blowout, skip your normal menu and elevate your typical cookout with these unique Fourth of July dish ideas.

Appetizers

Jalapeño Poppers: This appetizer is a simple and easy crowd-pleaser. It can be prepped ahead of time and cooked on the day of your event. Typically, jalapeños are stuffed with cream cheese and wrapped in bacon. Concerned it might be too spicy for you and your guests? All recipes require you to remove the seeds, which is where most of the heat comes from. Roasting the pepper further reduces spiciness, adding sweeter notes. The mild, slightly tangy flavor of the cream cheese contrasts with the jalapeño, creating a balanced flavor profile and a great addition to your Fourth of July menu.

Grilled Mexican Street Corn Salsa and Tortilla Chips: Elotes is a popular Mexican street food featuring grilled corn on the cob slathered with a mixture of mayonnaise, crema (Mexican sour cream), and cotija cheese. It’s finished with chili powder, lime juice, and topped with cilantro. For this Fourth of July, try making it as a salsa by taking the corn off the cob, mixing it with its traditional toppings, and serving it with tortilla chips. This dish can even be prepared the day before to allow the flavors to meld. Customize it based on your preferences: omit the mayonnaise and crema for a healthier option, add tomatoes for added freshness, or jalapeños for spice. Serve it fresh or with grilled veggies. Don’t want to fire grill the day before to grill the corn? No problem! You can roast, boil, steam, or even microwave the corn.

Grilled Corn

Red, White, and Blue Bruschetta: Want an easy-to-assemble snack for your guests that can be made ahead of time? Try a Red, White, and Blue Bruschetta. Simply slice Italian bread and top it with sliced cherry tomatoes, mozzarella pearls, blueberries, fresh basil, and balsamic glaze. Garnish with fresh basil and arugula. Can’t find Italian bread? Use baguettes or serve it without bread as a salad to make it gluten-free. Mix all the ingredients and serve the bread on the side. Unsure about the ratio? Don’t worry — there are plenty of bruschetta recipes online and they might give you new ideas, like using feta instead of mozzarella pearls. 

Main Dishes

Grilled Steak Marinated in Chimichurri: This vibrant and herbaceous Argentinian sauce pairs great with steaks, from tender and fatty ribeye to lean and chewy flank steak. There are hundreds of recipes online to make this easy sauce, which is low-carb, keto, and paleo-friendly. If you have guests who prefer their steaks not to be marinated or prefer other sauces, serve the fresh chimichurri on the side. This sauce complements a host of grilled proteins, making it a good choice for your Fourth of July menu.  

Fourth of July dish idea. Steak with chimichurri sauce
Sliced beef barbecue steak with chimichurri sauce.

Alternative Pairings

Chicken: Not a steak lover? This sauce goes great with grilled chicken breast, adding moisture and depth of flavor to the neutral, lean meat.

Salmon: Planning on serving other proteins? The acidity and freshness of chimichurri sauce balance well with the rich, oily texture of salmon.

Portobello Mushrooms or Other Grilled Vegetables: This vegan-friendly sauce is also great with grilled Portobello mushroom or other grilled vegetables such as zucchini, squash or bell peppers. 

Sides

Cucumber and Tomato Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette: This light and refreshing salad option is an ideal choice for your Fourth of July menu. Combining crisp cucumbers and juicy tomatoes with a zesty lemon vinaigrette is a healthy option that complements any summer meal. Easy to prepare and full of fresh and seasonal ingredients, this salad is perfect for hot summer days and can be made ahead of time, allowing you to enjoy the festivities without the fuss. The tangy lemon dressing complements the fresh flavors of the vegetables that can be served with grilled meats or fish or enjoyed on its own as a refreshing, low-calorie treat. 

Grilled Asparagus with Garlic and Parmesan: This simple and easy-to-make dish is perfect for your Fourth of July cookout. It’s a great option for late spring and early summer, showcasing fresh seasonal flavors. Most recipes require only 7 ingredients and it’s low in calories, making it a healthy addition to your holiday spread. What’s even better is it pairs well with most proteins, from meat to seafood. 

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Loaded Hasselback Potatoes: Hasselback potatoes are a Swedish-inspired dish that combines the crispness of potato chips with the tenderness of baked potatoes. Visually, these potatoes are stunning. They are whole potatoes that have been sliced thin almost all the way through, creating a fan-like effect. During baking they open up, making the potatoes look like they have thin, crispy petals. They are also totally customizable to your guests’ preferences. Prepare the potatoes without the toppings ahead of time and on the day of, allow your guests to choose their preferred toppings, wrap the potato in foil and put on the grill to heat through or heat them in the microwave or oven if you prefer. For something simpler, try a traditional loaded baked potato or a loaded potato casserole.  

Fourth of July dish idea, loaded Hasselback potatoes
Cheesy, Hasselback Potatoes Stuffed with Cheddar and Bacon with Sour Cream and Green Onions.

Desserts

Fresh Mango and Yuzu Sorbet: Looking for something fresh and cool to add to your Fourth of July menu this holiday? Try out our Fresh Mango and Yuzu Sorbet, which can be made with or without an ice cream machine. Natural ingredients, honey, agave, and lemon juice only help enhance the fresh mango flavor. Do you want something with natural sweeteners? No worries! Just add more honey or agave to your desired liking. Can’t find Yuzu? That’s okay too. Either omit the yuzu or do a combination of other citrus juices. This fun and easy-to-make sorbet is great for the summer and will surely impress at your Fourth of July celebration. 

Patriotic Berry Trifle: Do you want something that can be pre-assembled, giving you more time to enjoy the festivities? Try a Patriotic Berry Trifle. Layered with fresh strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries alternated with fluffy whipped cream and tender cubes of vanilla cake or sponge, this dessert is visually striking and offers the perfect mix of sweet with the fresh juiciness of the berries and the creaminess of the whipped cream. Prepare it in your favorite glasses or clear glass bowl, allowing all the beautiful layers to shine. 

Blueberry and Raspberry Pie: Considering adding blueberry and raspberry pies to your Fourth of July menu. Focused on using fresh berries, this dessert can also be made ahead of time. You can either make the crust yourself or choose a pre-made one from your local grocery story. Serve the pies with homemade or store-bought whipped cream to complement the tart and juicy berries, or with your favorite vanilla ice cream as an even richer and more refreshing option.

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