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Fourth of July Food Recipes:
A Traditional 4th of July Menu

While being with friends and family is the best part of the Fourth, your Fourth of July food recipes are going to be center of the celebration itself... because at a party like this, everything --and every one!-- revolves around the food!

The traditional 4th of July menu here is simple, flavorful, classic... and patriotic! It covers everything from tasty patriotic appetizers to a red, white, and blue drink that kids and adults alike will love! But if you're looking for lots of ideas on different 4th of July recipes and menus, you'll find a ton more here at Divine Dinner Party! So when you're done here, wander on by 4th of July Central and check out:

Your Traditional 4th of July Menu

4th of July traditional menu

Star-Spangled Mozzarella Pesto Bites Recipe

Pretty Pesto Mozzarella Stars Patriotic July 4th Appetizer RecipeThese little patriotic appetizers for the 4th of July are really easy to make... but they're also super cute and taste great! This is also a good mostly make-ahead 4th of July party recipe... you can assemble the little tomatoes beforehand, and bake up the puff pasty stars, too. Just put them together right before serving.

One of the simplest Fourth of July food recipes that looks the most impressive!

Makes 24 appetizers.

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2 sheets puff pastry, thawed
3 tbsp. freshly grated parmesan cheese
12 large cherry tomatoes, halved
24 mini-mozzarella balls
1/4 C. prepared pesto

Instructions: 1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

2. Using a star-shaped cookie cutter, cut 24 small stars from your puff pastry. You don't want them too big, or they'll overwhelm the rest of the ingredients.

3. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Sprinkle stars evenly with parmesan. Bake about 10 minutes, until puffed up and golden-brown. Remove from oven and cool.

4. Meanwhile, assemble your pesto-mozzarella tomatoes. In a bowl, combine your mozzarella balls with your pesto. Set aside.

5. Hollow out your halved cherry tomatoes with a small spoon. Insert a pesto-mozzarella ball into each tomato half.

6. Using a toothpick (or a little American flag on a toothpick to make this an even more patriotic Fourth of July food recipe), spear a tomato/mozzarella onto each star right before serving.

7. Serve this Fourth of July food recipe immediately-- if it sits, the puff pastry may get soggy.

Sticky-Spicy-Smokey Chicken on the Grill

Grilled Chicken for the BBQ with Spicky Cajun SeasoningI love this recipe for a 4th of July barbeque or picnic! The resulting chicken is just to die for.

This recipe calls for the chicken to be cooked over mesquite charcoal on a charcoal grill. But you can also cook these on a gas grill. They won't come out with quite the same smoky flavor, but they'll be delicious just the same. This Fourth of July food recipe is bound to be the star of your BBQ.

Makes 3 chickens, enough to serve about 12. If possible, when you buy your chickens, ask the butcher to halve them for you-- it'll make your life easier.

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3 medium roasting chickens, cut in half lengthwise
3 tbsp. Creole seasoning
1/2 C. butter, melted
3 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
2 tsp. Tabasco sauce
2 tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 tsp. garlic powder
1 (12 ounce) can 7-up or Sprite (not diet!)

Instructions: 1. Rinse and dry chickens very well. Rub chickens generously on all sides with your Creole seasoning.

2. Let chickens sit at room temperature about an hour. Or cover and refrigerate overnight. Let come to room temperature before serving.

3. In a small bowl, combine the remaining ingredients.

4. Place chicken halves on the grill. Grill about one hour, basting often (and turning them often) with your butter-Sprite mixture.

5. When chicken is done, remove it from the grill, baste it one more time, and let rest 10 minutes before serving. And... voila! One of the easiest Fourth of July food recipes for the grill.

"Fruited Plain" Flag Salad Recipe for the Fourth

Fun Flag Salad Patriotic FOod Recipe for July 4One of my favorite Fourth of July food recipes to make, this is such a pretty salad... and it's simply bursting with flavor! With it's cool and tangy dressing, it's also the perfect accompaniment to the grilled chicken recipe above.

To make this part of your traditional 4th of July menu ahead of time, simply assemble the salad and make the dressing, and add the dressing right before serving.

Serves about 8.

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1 lb. baby spinach, stems removed, washed and dried
5 green onions, sliced
1/2 C. slivered almond, toasted
1 pint strawberries, sliced
1 C. blueberries
1 C. provolone cheese, shredded

2/3 C. raspberry jam
1 tbsp. spicy brown grainy mustard
3 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
2 tbsp. white wine vinegar
1/2 C. extra virgin olive oil
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

Instructions: 1. To make the dressing, place the raspberry jam in a small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on med-low heat until softened and easy to mix.

2. Whisk in remaining ingredients. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

3. To make the salad, toss together the spinach, onions, and almonds in a large salad bowl.

4. Place half of your blueberries in a circle/mound on top of the spinach mixture, in the middle of the bowl.

5. Place shredded cheese in a ring around blueberries.

6. Mix the strawberries and the other half of your blueberries. Arrange in a circle around the cheese at the outside of the salad. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Hoisin Grilled Corn on the Cob

This simple grilled corn on the cob is one of the easiest Fourth of July food recipes you'll ever make. It's very lightly flavored with a touch of sweet-and-savory hoisin, and a touch of fresh parsley makes for a perfect balance. You would never guess that something so tasty would be so easy!

Find the recipe right here!

Dessert: A Traditional American Flag Cake

A flag cake is truly the perfect ending to a traditional 4th of July dessert menu... after all, what's more traditional than a flag cake?

The recipe, which you can find right here, also comes with a few fun ideas and variations in case you want to make this classic Fourth of July food recipe all your own. Have fun and get creative!

Magic Stars-and-Stripes 4th of July Drink Recipe

Special Drink Red White and Blue for July 4th PartyBecause it uses three ingredients with different sugar content, this drink, when poured carefully, separates into perfect red, white, and blue stripes. And kids love it! But don't try changing the order around, because it won't work.

If you want a more adult patriotic drink as party of your traditional 4th of July menu, try this white sangria, but use strawberries and blueberries as the fruit to give it a red, white, and blue look.

Recipe is for one drink.

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3 oz. cranberry juice cocktail
3 oz. blue Gatorade (the brighter blue one)
3 oz. Diet Sprite or Sprite Zero (regular won't work!)
Lots of ice

Instructions: 1. Add a few ice cubes to your class, and pour in the cranberry juice.

2. Carefully add a few more ice cubes, and pour the Gatorade in over a spoon (this helps the layers to separate).

3. Carefully add a few more ice cubes, and pour the Sprite in over a spoon.

4. Serve with a festive straw.

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