Three USA Inspired Recipes for Your 4th of July BBQ
Three USA Inspired Recipes for Your 4thof July BBQ!
We love 4th of July parties because they incorporate all of our favorite things - delicious classics, seasonal flavors, and friends and family! These festive eats are both patriotic and super simple to put together. A photo worthy spread AND happy bellies? We call that a win-win. Happy 4th of July, friends!
USA Fruit Cookie Pizza
Let your creativity flow with this delicious fruit cookie pizza. Fresh strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries pair perfectly with the cream cheese frosting.
Serves 8-13 (depending on slices!)
Time: 40 minutes
1 package or batch of sugar cookie dough
1 package cream cheese, softened
2 cups heavy cream
1 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoons lemon zest
1 cup strawberries, sliced
1 cup blueberries or blackberries
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Form the cookie dough into a large ball, then roll out into a flat circle on a pizza pan. The cookie will expand as it cooks so be sure to leave some room from the edges.
Bake for 15-17 minutes or until the crust turns slightly golden.
While the cookie crust is baking, whip the cream cheese with a stand mixer or a hand mixer for 2-3 minutes on high until it is smooth. Once smooth, add the powdered sugar and mix until incorporated.
In a separate bowl, whip the heavy cream until it becomes stiff and peaks form. This should take about 5 minutes if using a stand mixer. Gently fold the whipped cream into the cream cheese.
Add the lemon zest. and well until it's smooth and creamy. Cover and let chill in the refrigerator.
Remove the cookie crust from the oven and let it cool completely. Once it's cool, spread the cream cheese/whip cream mixture over the entire crust.
Let your creativity flow and create a 4thof July/USA pattern using strawberries and blueberries. Raspberries and blackberries also work great!
Serve immediately. Leftovers (yeah right!) can be preserved in the refrigerator for 3-5 days.
USA Chocolate Covered Pretzels
These chocolate dipped pretzels are super fun and easy to assemble. Cooking with kids? This is a great activity for kids of all ages!
1 package each of red, white, and blue candy melts
1 package Pretzel rods
Prepare a baking sheet and cooling rack by placing parchment paper under the cooling rack
Microwave the white melts according to package directions.= being sure to not overcook!
Dip two-thirds of the pretzel rod in the white chocolate. Lay them out on the cooling rack and allow them to dry completely
Melt the blue candy melts. Dip the top third of the white section in the blue. Immediately sprinkle the “stars” aka white nonpareils on the blue portion. Allow them to dry completely.
Finally, melt the red candy melts. Pour melted red candy into a plastic baggie. Cut the corner of the baggie and drizzle “the stripes” over the white section.
Eat once dry or save in an airtight container or baggie to enjoy later!
This festive sangria tastes just as good as it looks. Plus, with a few ingredient swaps (listed below), you can whip up a non-alcoholic, kid-friendly version!
1 bottle dry white wine
2 cups fresh blueberries
1 cup fresh raspberries
1 cup apple juice
1 pound fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced
1 bottle champagne (or any variety of sparkling white wine)
3-4 Granny Smith apples
Stir together white wine, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and apple juice together in a large pitcher. Cover and refrigerate for 1-4 hours, so that the flavors can meld.
When you’re ready to serve the sangria, gradually stir in the champagne and apples and ice. Serve immediately.
Need a non-alcoholic version? No problem! Simply omit the white wine, and sub in club soda for the champagne.