The 4th of July is one of those holidays that I love because it is an excuse to get together with friends and family and spend the day in the sunshine eating and drinking. Basically it is a day where it is perfectly acceptable (and sometimes encouraged) to have a cocktail by 11 am.
In honor of the upcoming 4th, I thought I would share with you all my favorite 4th of July recipes. These are the recipes that come to mind when I think of the 4th of July and I can’t wait to make at this time every year.
Unfortunately Luke pointed out that my table decoration looked like the French flag, not the American Flag (whatever, red white and blue!) and that margaritas and the corn recipe were of Mexican origin. Oh those pesky details. If you really want the food you serve on the 4th to be completely 100% American you can always just grill the corn and swap the margaritas for some Bud Heavy – but who would want to do that?
Have any fun plans for the 4th? We are going camping! This is the first time either of us has really gone camping and of course Chumley is coming too. Our tent is small is going to be really cozy. Stay tuned – it should be an adventure.
Lobster Rolls -I have mentioned before that summertime is New England is my favorite and part of that is availability of lobster rolls. Here is a great recipe or you can make your own up. Here is what I did. Cook the meat by boiling or wrapping in foil and tossing it in the oven until the meat is opaque and firm, chop the cooked lobster up with some dill and chives, add a couple tablespoons of mayonnaise and lemon juice, season with salt and pepper and you are in business.
Potato Salad – I am not a fan of that heavy mayonnaise ridden potato salad that you buy at the grocery store. I found this recipe in Cooking Light. The key ingredients here are bacon and whole grain mustard – both of which go so well with potatoes. I swapped the asparagus for the green beans. Either way this is delicious and you have to try.
Mexican Street Corn – I know, I know, it is not really American but it is so good that maybe we should adopt it as American? Grilled corn smothered in crème fraîche topped with cotijta cheese and chili powder? I could eat this by the gallon. We were recently in Mexico City and when we were driving along I saw a man selling this corn out of a bucket on the side of the street. We stopped the car and everyone got this corn. It was heavenly.
Flag Cake - the quitensential dessert of 4th of July. You have to have one of these right? They are really easy (promise) just yellow cake topped with a white icing (I used cream cheese frosting) They are patriotic and delicious.
Here is a simple guide on how to decorate them:
Watermelon Margaritas – Here is the grand finale. The pièce de résistance. These watermelon margaritas are amazing – refreshing and yummy. I am going to go out on a limb and say watermelon juice makes the be margaritas. It is a little time intensive pureeing the watermelon, but I promise you it is worth it. I pureed 2 large watermelons just to make sure I always have watermelon margaritas on hand. Always.
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
4 cups watermelon puree
1/2 cup fresh lime juice
1.5 cups tequila (more or less depending on how strong you want it)
1/2 cup orange-flavored liqueur like Grand Marnier
Happy 4th of July . Heureux le 4ème juillet. Feliz el 4 de julio