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Last-Minute July 4th Recipes


So either you forgot the holiday was this coming up on Tuesday or the work-week made it impossible to plan ahead. No matter what the reason, we have you covered!


Refreshing Beverages

Sparking Red, White and Blue Sangria from Gimme Some Oven


-1 bottle dry white wine

-2 cups (1 pint) fresh blueberries

-1 cup fresh raspberries

-1 cup apple juice (or white grape juice)

-1 pound fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced

-1 bottle champagne (or any variety of sparkling white wine)

-3-4 Granny Smith apples (*or see alternatives)



Star Spangled Fruit Infused Water from the view from great island


-1 small seedless watermelon

-1 pint blueberries

-1 pint strawberries


Patriotic Red, White and Blue Layered Drink from Simplee Thrifty


-3 oz Sobe Piña Colada or Sprite Zero (or diet clear beverage such as 7up)

-3 oz Blue Gatorade G2

-3 oz Cran-Apple Juice

-Ice Cubes


Fruity Desserts


Chocolate Dipped Banana Splits from i heart naptime



-Blue Wilton candy melts

-Red, white and blue sprinkles

-Whipped cream topping



Mini Cheesecake Parfaits with Fresh Berries from Spoon University


-1 package of Philadelphia cream cheese, softened

-¼ cup sugar

-1 tablespoon milk

-1 tablespoon lemon juice

-¾ cup Cool Whip Lite topping

-8 shortbread cookies, crushed

-2 cups sliced strawberries

-½ cup blueberries


American Flag Fruit Sticks from Spoon University


-3 bananas

-1 pint of strawberries

-1 pint of blueberries

-8 skewers


American Flag Fruit Cookie Dessert Pizza from Boulder Locavore


-1 box favorite Sugar Cookie mix

-2 teaspoons Lemon Zest

-1 8 oz package of Cream Cheese, softened

-1 10 oz container Whipped Topping

-½ teaspoon Vanilla Extract

-¼ cup Confectioner’s Sugar




Savory Side Dishes & Appetizers


Balsamic Garlic Grilled Mushroom Skewers from Closet Cooking


-2 pounds mushrooms, sliced ¼ inch thick

-2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

-1 tablespoon soy sauce (or tamari)

-3 cloves garlic, chopped

-½ teaspoon thyme, chopped

-salt and pepper to taste


Spiced Sweet Potato and Bacon Skewers from Home Cooking Memories


-2 pounds sweet potatoes peeled and cut into 1 ½" chunks

-1 ½ tablespoons olive oil

-1 pound sliced bacon

-¾ cup light brown sugar

-¼ cup granulated sugar

-½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

-½ teaspoon ground nutmeg

-¼ teaspoon cloves

-¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

-½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes


BBQ Pulled Pork Sheet Pan Nachos from Garnish With Lemon


-Tortilla Chips

-BBQ Pulled Pork

-Shredded sharp cheddar and monterey jack cheeses

-Canned black beans, drained and rinsed

-Chopped fresh cilantro

-Thinly sliced radishes

-Diced avocado

-Pico de gallo

And don’t forget you can find other ideas on our Cuisine Corner board on Pinterest and by downloading an e-book on-demand via Overdrive.

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