Fantastic Dishes For Your 4th of July

POSTED June 26, 2018

Forget the winter holidays! For foodies who love sizzling barbeque, fresh salads and yummy summer desserts, THIS is the most wonderful time of the year.

For the 4th of July, we’re ready to make party tables shine from sea to shining sea. Appetizers, sides, mains, and dessert…it’s all here. So, let’s roll up our sleeves and make Uncle Sam proud with a feast none of your guests will soon forget.

It’s really doesn’t get easier than this. Crusty bread or ciabatta and any one of our mouth-watering Bruschettas. We like to call it “summer on toast.”

This is the perfect appetizer to whip up before, or as, your guests are arriving. Just two minutes under the broiler, a dollop of your favorite Bruschetta flavor and leave the tray out for your guests to enjoy with a craft beer or ice-cold cocktail.

Olive & Antipasti Skewers for Entertaining

Why is it that almost anything on a skewer automatically tastes better? This utensil-free treat is ideal for large groups of hungry guests. We recommend taking a trip to your favorite local olive and antipasti bar and seeing what inspires you.

Prosciutto, salami, mushrooms, olives, peppers…anything really goes! Just make sure to avoid any soft or super crumbly cheeses that won’t stay on the skewer. And make sure to offer some meatless options for your vegetarian friends.

Yeah, it’s a little #basic to have a plate of red and white on Valentine’s Day, but do you really care? The answer: no, you definitely want this. Serve with crusty bread & red wine.

No need to slather them in barbeque sauce, these tender pork spareribs are anything but run of the mill. In fact, they’re in the running to be the star of your festivities.

We like to think the X-factor in this dish is our signature DeLallo Sour Cherry Spread. As delicious in a meat glaze as it is on a charcuterie board (or an ice cream sundae, for that matter) this one of a kind sauce sets off that grilled meat flavor like you wouldn’t believe. The honey and bourbon don’t hurt either!

And, if you’re looking for less sweet and more smoke? Try Espresso-crusted baby back ribs, rubbed with our ever versatile Instant Espresso Powder.

Let’s be honest, it’s just not 4th of July without a lip-smacking potato salad. And, with pesto taking the reins from mayonnaise, you’ve got a healthier alternative your guests won’t be able to stop scooping up.

No need to peel your baby reds, just boil and cut them into one-inch cubes. In your mixing bowl, whisk together your pesto, fresh lemon juice, and olive oil. This is one salad that’s best served room temperature or a bit warm.

Oh, and one more tip? Before serving, add a touch more olive oil to give the dish an extra bit of shine.

This year, switch out your Boston baked beans for this rich tomato-y version. Loaded with pancetta and seasoned with brown sugar and dark beer, these beans are Yankee Doodle Dandylicious.

Once you get your onion, garlic and pancetta sautéed, you’ll stir in your Passata and the rest of the ingredients. Give your beans a stir and bring them to a simmer.

Now, remember the beans are baked, so to the oven we go. Bake the beans uncovered for about 45 minutes (they’ll thicken up nicely in there) and occasionally stir until you’re ready to serve!

If only these “little” ears could hear us tell them how scrumptious they are. This dish may be a side, but the orecchiette somehow manage to steal the show.

As you probably know, orecchiette are shaped to hold whatever ingredients with which they are combined. In this case, chunks of red onion, bell pepper, creamy mozzarella and spicy Genoa salami. The orecchiette will also hold firmly to this extra decadent whole milk and mayonnaise dressing.

We wouldn’t say this is a low-calorie salad, but it’s the 4th of July, live a little!

After a long day of (fingers crossed!) bright sunshine and revelry, it’s helpful to have an easy dessert to turn to that will make your guests’ eyes sparkle. Cue the biscotti!

It’s a dessert so simple, it’s not even really a recipe. Just choose your favorite or cookie or biscotti and crumble over your favorite gelato, ice cream or frozen yogurt.  

One of our party tricks is to pre-scoop the bowls of gelato, or whatever frozen treat you choose, and then create a biscotti bar for your guests to create their own show-stopping dessert.

Well, friends, it’s time for the grand finale. The dessert to usher in any fireworks celebration, summery sweet grilled peaches with creamy burrata under drizzles of tangy raspberry balsamic.

After every last burger is eaten, fire that grill back up and place your peaches flesh-side down for about three minutes. Take them off the heat and then fill generously with burrata and tear up some fresh arugula. Top with balsamic and enjoy the night!


Have a wonderful time celebrating the good old USA! Wave a sparkler, watch a parade and enjoy some of these fantastic recipes with good friends.

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