I started this post a few days ago and intended to post this before your glorious 4th festivities began, but I just plain ran out of time. However these recipes are great ALL SUMMER LONG! I just love how the 4th of July brings out the heart of America. The traditions, the cause that we celebrate, and the history of our nation make it one of my top three favorite holidays. Like many of you, we are taking in a parade, gathering with family, and of course watching fireworks (the boys first) in celebration of our nation’s independence.
Of course no American holiday is complete without traditional trimmings and fixin’s! I wanted to share a few of my favorite 4th of July menu items with you!
Burgers on the Grill
You simply can’t go wrong with McCormick’s Grill Mates Montreal Steak Seasoning. Generously sprinkle both sides and work into the patties. Not over spiced…just perfection!
Grilled Corn on the Cob
The secret to grilling these “dandies” is leaving the husks ON! The husks will protect your corn from being chewy and dry. It also gives it a delicious smokey flavor. You can soak the husks for 30 minutes before applying them directly on the grill, but I’ve skipped this step and it’s turned out just as tasty. First remove several of the outer layers of husk, but keep a full layer or two. Then pull back the remaining husks and remove as much of the silk as possible, while leaving the husks in tact. Place on the hot grill. Cover. Turn the corn occasionally, until the husks are charred on all sides, about 15 to 20 minutes.
Mom’s Baked Beans
Mix together in a baking dish: 1 Can of Beans (I use Van Camp Pork and Beans), 1/4 c Ketchup, 2 T Brown Sugar, A squirt of Mustard, and a good sprinkle of Minced Onion. Microwave until Hot. Simply Delicious!
Another festive favorite is to take a pound cake (this was my sister’s homemade recipe), top it with whipped cream and add cut up strawberries for the stripes and blueberries for the stars. It’s a always crowd pleaser!
Please leave YOUR favorite 4th of July menu items (with recipes) in the comment section. I want to hear about your traditional spread!