Every 4th of July, we head to a family picnic. Every year, I stress over what to bring! I usually default to my “Hamburger Cookies” for lack of imagination and not knowing what to make. This year, I thought I would round up some of the best 4th of July recipes from the blogosphere. I can’t be the only one wondering to make for the 4th!

4th of july recipes

Starters

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1. Bacon & Cheddar Deviled Eggs – They say bacon makes everything better, right? Deviled eggs are usually a must-have at any picnic. Keep it up a notch by adding bacon and cheddar!

2. Black Bean Salsa – Fresh made salsa is always a crowd favorite. This simple recipe has NO major allergens!

3. Homemade Potato Chips – Homemade potato chips? This could be dangerous!

Sides & Salads

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1. Curried Potato Salad –  I love potato salad and love trying new versions! This one looks so yummy!

2. Cucumber Feta Salad – I just recently tried Feta and I have to admit, I love it! This salad looks so fresh and light.

3. Frog Eye Salad – Trust me, it’s not as gross as it sounds!

4. Gluten Free Tangy Potato Salad – Another spin on potato salad! And? It’s Gluten Free!

Main Dishes

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1. Bacon Wrapped Hot Dogs – I told you bacon makes everything better!

2. Spice Fried Chicken – I have never made Fried Chicken before but I love it! This spicy recipe looks easy enough to make.

3. Ketchup & Mustard BBQ Ribs – This looks so interesting! I am definitely going to have to try this recipe this summer!

Desserts & Drinks

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1. Star Spangled Rice Krispie Treats – Who doesn’t love rice krispie treats? Love this patriotic spin!

2. Strawberry Rhubarb Pie – I have never had Rhubarb before but it’s been popping up all over my Social Media feeds. Another thing I need to try this summer!

3. Holiday Parfait – I have seen many variations of this parfait and this one looks so yummy! I have never used Pistachio Pudding before so that looks interesting. 

4. Summer Cocktails – This spiked smoothies look like the perfect drink to cool you off while enjoying yourself at your 4th of July party!

While you’re busy planning your menu for the Fourth of July, you may forget something very important. Keeping your food fresh and your guests happy and healthy!

During the summer months, there tends to be a large increase in incidents of food poisoning. The warmer temperatures cause bacteria to multiply faster. According to new research released by the International Food Information Council{IFIC}, nearly two-thirds of Americans are not using a food thermometer to regularly check the temperature of meat and poultry.

Four Steps to Food Safety: Clean, Separate, Cook and Chill

  1. Clean: Make sure you clean all utensils, hands, and surfaces with soapy water. If you’re going to be outside, using a moist towelette is a good idea.
  2. Separate: Don’t put meat items back on the same plate you used for the raw meat! Make sure you bring two plates for grilling and separate raw meat from fruits and veggies.
  3. Cook: Hamburgers should be cooked to 160 °Fahrenheit before serving. Remember, just because it’s brown doesn’t mean its safe, use a food thermometer every time.
  4. Chill: The general rule is to never let food sit at room temperature for more than 2 hours, but once the temps reach 90 °Fahrenheit, that’s reduced to 1 hour.

When cooking this summer simply remember the Four Steps to Food Safety: Clean, Separate, Cook and Chill!

What’s on your Fourth of July menu?

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