Make your 4th of July party the height of summer fun for your family, friends, and the whole neighborhood. Your mouth is probably watering just thinking about the delicious spread you're going to serve. So get ready to cook up your best grilling recipes, serve slices of juicy watermelon, and wow guests with spectacular 4th of July desserts.
While the buns, burgers, dogs, and chicken are doing their time on the grill, serve some snacks to keep hunger at bay. Remember that your party guests will have likely worked up quite an appetite during the long, exciting day full of fun 4th of July activities. These tasty appetizers, paired with refreshing and boozy 4th of July drinks, will keep everyone in a festive mood while the main meal comes together. Whether you’re leaning toward sweet or savory, vegetarian or kid friendly, there is something here for you. You'll find recipes for starters like whipped feta with grilled bread, lettuce cups filled with bacon and ripe tomatoes, chicken and black bean nachos, and so much more. Kick off your 4th of July menu with these appetizing ideas and keep everyone satisfied before the big 4th of July dinner.
These oven-baked fritters, chock-full of grated zucchini and Pecorino cheese, make a perfect barbecue starter.
If you've only been using the grill to make meat on the 4th of July, you've seriously been missing out. After charring thick slices of sourdough, simply top each one with a garlicky ricotta mixture for a unique appetizer.
A classic app gets a smoky treatment when cooked on a grill. Serve with oil and grilled bread for dipping.
America's favorite cracker topped with creamy butter and thinly sliced radishes. So simple but guaranteed to wow our guests.
Celebrate summer's favorite fruit (yes, tomatoes are a fruit) in a cheesy galette all rolled-up in a store-bought crust.
Thinly sliced and marinated zucchini and summer squash add an elegant twist to this simple summer tart.
Kick off the festivities with crispy fried dill pickles dipped in a tangy homemade buttermilk ranch.
Why not serve a healthy app to kick-off the festivities. Crispy butter leaves are the perfect vehicle for delivering fun fillings, but you can use torn romaine in a pinch.
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Crispy potato wedges offer a heartier base for fresh mozzarella cheese and cherry tomatoes.
When salty prosciutto meets sweet melon, it's a match made in appetizer heaven.
Get the recipe at The Comfort of Cooking.
Serve your guests these savory pockets filled with spinach, artichokes, and, of course, cheese.
Get the recipe at Lil' Luna.
Move over, mashed potatoes: This crispy, summer party-ready version is way better.
Get the recipe at Damn Delicious.