It’s never too early to prepare for your July 4th party food. Fourth of July gatherings and cookouts are a classic well-loved holiday among families in America. The funfair is great, the outdoor grill is on fire, and families and friends just come together to celebrate and have fun.
When you’ve been hosting or gathering for the annual 4th of July parties, however, perhaps you may now be running out of ideas as to what food to bring, prepare, or serve. If you’re hosting, you wouldn’t want to whip up the same thing over and over again.
Here are some festive 4th of July party food ideas that you can serve:
Salad is always a no-brainer. It’s well-loved by many guests, plus it’s a good way to balance out the other party food. Also, the good thing about salads is that they’re easy to make, which makes them more convenient if you’re in a rush.
Since the 4th of July comes during the warm, summer months, it’s just fitting for you to serve a good, classic summer pea salad recipe, as well. Still, there are many salad recipes you can choose to that point that it’ll make serving salads a breeze.
To ace up your salad serving game, here are some tips you can abide by:
- Use fresh ingredients all the time. Salads have to be fresh. There’s no other way to go about with this.
- Transfer to a new bowl. Don’t serve your salad in the same bowl you mixed it in. Besides, it only takes a few seconds to transfer it to a clean bowl for serving. By serving it in another bowl, the presentation won’t look too messy and sloppy.
- Make sure your salad achieves these criteria: creamy, sweet, tangy, tasty, and crunchy.
2. Hummus And Caramelized Onion Crostini
This sounds so posh and complicated but it actually just needs three main ingredients: French bread, store-bought hummus, and onions.
It doesn’t take long to caramelize the white onions by simply frying them, with a little bit of brown sugar for more taste. Cut the French bread into small slices, spread the hummus on top of it, and finish off with caramelized onions.
Apart from just the usual salad, this is a good vegan meal, which makes it perfect if you’ve got any vegan guests.
3. Deviled Egg Bar
Deviled eggs are always a classic favorite. But you can switch things up this year! Instead of stuffing the deviled eggs yourself, you can create a deviled egg bar. To do so, prepare or slice the boiled egg ahead of time and prepare the toppings in different small bowls.
Think of it as a cheese platter, but only you’re serving deviled eggs. It’s up to your guests to make and stuff their own, based on the toppings they prefer.
4. Parmesan Puffs
Parmesan puffs can also be mozzarella finger sticks, that is if you wish to use mozzarella cheese instead. You can’t go wrong with this as kids and adults alike will surely love the cheesy and crunchy goodness!
5. Puff Pastry Sausage Rolls
It’s as easy as buying pastry puff sheets, cutting them into slices, and topping them with parmesan or mozzarella cheese. You can also add in minced garlic for some added flavor and crunch.
With the pastry puff that you have for the parmesan puffs above, you can use more to make another 4th of July party food. You can make it more filling by putting in minced beef or chicken.
As you fry the ground beef or chicken, season it with herbs to add more flavor. Wrap the pastry puffs around the meat or chicken, then put it in the oven.
It’s another tasty and impressive recipe that you can serve together with parmesan or mozzarella puffs.
6. Cheese Board
You can’t go wrong with cheese and crackers. Plus, it doesn’t take much time to prepare. You don’t even have to be an expert at cooking to prepare it.
Conveniently, there are many grazing board styles you can get inspired by on the Internet. Follow the list of cheeses and crackers as you can simply shop for these. You can add your own personal touch to your cheeseboard by putting in slices of berries or chocolates, too, whatever you fancy.
This list of food choices now acts as if you’ve got a menu so you can switch things up a bit. The 4th of July is always a big day to celebrate, so through it all, don’t forget to fully enjoy it, too. Preparing party food doesn’t have to be such a chore–just because you’re the one behind the kitchen, you’re going to miss out on all the fun. This day is the moment to enjoy good food, drinks, and a whole lot of summer fun.