The Fourth of July is about being surrounded with friends and family and munching on great summer foods - from sweet, juicy watermelon, to hamburgers and hotdogs and of course, summery desserts. Here is a guide to a perfect, late afternoon meal that pairs especially well with backyard games, like cornhole, and an ice cold beer.
Fireworks Burger: (8 ppl)
Burgers are an American staple, but the difference between a good burger and a great one is huge. This burger bursts in your mouth and explodes with flavors - much like a firework.
3 lbs of ground beef or bison meat
One block of sharp cheddar
Two cloves minced Garlic
Salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper to taste
2 large white onions
1 lb of bacon
Package of Brioche buns
My Preferred Toppings:
Truffle Aoili and a tad of ketchup
For the toppings be creative, add whatever you want on top, from jalenpenos, to simply just some ketchup!
Sweet Summertime Drink: (8 ppl)
Watermelon is a summertime must. It is refreshing, but also sweet and light. It’s a great finger food for kids as they run around playing games and watch fireworks, but it also can easily be blended into adult treats. This one you need to prepare the night of the third, but it’ll be worth it!
One watermelon, chopped and frozen overnight
300 ml Gin
3 tablespoons lime juice
2 cans ginger ale
Lime wedges to garnish or mint sprigs
Patriotic Dessert: (16 ppl)
Americans love their flag, but on the fourth of July it is flown higher and you can find it on kids’ faces, table settings, and even food displays of the flag. This flag recipe is very easy and has been part of our family’s celebration for years. You can make angel food cake from scratch, however for the simplicity of this recipe, store bought angel food cake will do.