4th of July Recipes 2012

The Fourth of July holiday might still be a little over a week away, but since it falls smack dab in the middle of the week, I’m willing to bet more than a few people will be doing some celebrating this weekend. You know what that means… menu planning and grocery lists! Below you will find all of my favorites when it comes to making 4th of July eats just as sparkly for your taste buds as fireworks are for your eyes. There are the requisite staples: appetizers, dips, side dishes and (of course) desserts. Have fun planning your menu!


Classic Lemonade
Ginger-Tea Lemonade
White Sangria

For the Appetizers and Snacks:

Artichoke Spinach Dip
Black Bean Salsa
Buffalo Chicken Dip
Cheddar Ale Spread
Chicken Spread
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Dip
Conch Fritters
Cream Cheese-Stuffed, Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeños
Fontina-Stuffed, Bacon-Wrapped Dates
Fruit Dip
Homemade Restaurant-Style Salsa
Jalapeño Popper Dip
Loaded Baked Potato Dip
Pan-Fried Onion Dip
Pimento Cheese Ball
Pizza Dip
Polenta Pizza
Sausage Dip
Seven Layer Dip
Taco Dip
Traditional Hummus
Zucchini Squares

For the Sides:

Antipasto Salad
Barbecued Beans
Best Ever Potato Salad
Boston Baked Beans
Broccoli Salad
Chinese Coleslaw
Creamy, Lighter Macaroni Salad
Grandma’s Ambrosia Salad
Grilled Corn
Italian Pasta Salad
Loaded Baked Potato Salad
Potato Salad with Herbed Balsamic Vinaigrette

For Dessert:

Baked Brownie (my favorite brownie recipe!)
Blackberry Pie Bars
Blueberry Crisp
Blueberry Pie
Cherry Crisp
Chewy, Chunky Blondies
Coconut Cream Pie
Fresh Fruit Tart with Pastry Cream
Fresh Strawberry Pie
Golden Grahams S’mores Bars
Hidden Berry Cream Cheese Torte (could use a combo of blueberry & strawberry/raspberry)
Honey-Vanilla Sour Cream Pound Cake
Key Lime Pie
Lemon Bars
Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake Bars
Marshmallow Crunch Brownie Bars
No-Bake Banana Split Dessert
Peach Cobbler
Peach Crumb Bars
Peach Pie
Peanut Butter Cup Bars
Pineapple Upside-Down Cake
Raspberry Streusel Bars
Root Beer Float Cake
Red, White & Blue Stained Glass Jello Stars (pictured above)
Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
S’more Nut Bars
S’mores Cupcakes
Strawberries and Cream Angel Food Cake Roll
Strawberry Cream Cheese Crumble Tart
Strawberry Mirror Cake
Strawberry Pretzel Salad
Sweet and Salty Brownies

What’s on your menu for the 4th of July festivities??