How to Plan the Perfect Fourth of July Menu

The Fourth of July is right around the corner leaving many confused and frustrated about creating a foolproof menu for your patriotic party. We’ve decided to compile a list of our perfect Fourth of July menu to ensure a fun and successful day.

Appetizers:

While bite size appetizers always seem like such a cute idea, in essence they can be time consuming and extremely difficult to eat. Instead I’ve found that dips are the safest bet for a casual snack before the actual meal. My two personal favorite dips are buffalo chicken dip and spinach artichoke dip. Both are extremely simple to make and are immediate crowd pleasers. You can serve the dips with French bread crostinis or simply with scoops tortilla chips. If you know you will have vegetarian guests, is usually a good idea to serve a separate dip so as not to leave out some of your guests.

The Main Dish:

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When I think of the Fourth of July, I immediately think hot dogs and hamburgers. I thought back to how a large hamburger can be a little daunting when you are trying to enjoy your company and talk to old friends, so I wanted to keep the hot dogs and instead substitute the hamburgers with sliders. The toppings for the dogs and sliders are the most important part, however. Be sure to set up a do-it-yourself topping bar with pre-sliced pickles, onions, tomatoes, lettuce and of course the typical condiments like ketchup, mustard, relish and mayonnaise. If you’re feeling more adventurous try creative toppings like grilled chiles, sautéed mushrooms and bacon. Remember, if you are hosting vegetarians, be sure to have some veggie dogs or patties at hand.
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