Happy 4th of July fellow foodies! Sure you could celebrate the independence of our nation by having bottle rocket wars or exploding ant hills with firecrackers, but does that say Hooray! Heck no. You should say “I love you America!” by having a wonderful holiday feast with friends and family…and ok maybe a few fireworks. (Just keep your pets away – poor Wally never grew back those whiskers after eating those “Jumping Jacks”. He sure hated fireworks).
Don’t have a plan yet for your celebratory spread? Well, let the Mischief Crew help you out with your menu. Plus, who needs watching the dog incinerate his facial hair with fireworks when you can read about Josh and me doing that in the kitchen? (Poor Josh and me. It took a long time for our eyebrows to grow back after lighting that grill. Note to self: Do NOT look directly into the grill when lighting). Here are a few recipe ideas that will get your creative juices flowing.
Two schools of thought here – go easy or go all the way. If you plan on going easy and just making burgers and hotdogs, remember to practice your burger purity. I gave you a few tips on making your burgers taste…well, like burgers – Practice Burger Purity. However, if you want to go all the way, plan on making Boston Butt (aka pork shoulder or pulled pork). The key word here is plan. 😉 In “I Like Big Butts and I Cannot Lie”, you can read on how to prepare your own pulled pork at home (by grill or oven) and plus you get a handy-dandy idea on what to do with leftovers! I am actually using the Tip O’ the Day at the bottom of that post for my own festivities in Gulf Shores, AL. I like to call it “For the Love of Pete, Ray, Put that Firework Down or You’re Gonna Blow Your Hand Off” Celebration.
Grilled Corn Salad
Tired of just plan o’ corn on the cob? Jazz it up by grilling it and making a salad with it using avocado and lime.
Blue Cheese Potato Salad with Bacon and Scallions
Yes, I know. Your granny makes your favorite potato salad. But you can show granny a thing or two by making this delicious version. I promise you won’t be disowned…it has bacon for goodness sake! Sorry, granny, bacon trumps everything.
You can’t have pulled pork without slaw! Well, you can but I will give a look. Try this easy recipe for a great twist to a classic (I don’t have pictures so just trust me). I don’t like slaw with tons of mayo so you will see that grating the cucumber and onion will help moisten the mixture. Also, I add a little bit of milk to thin the mayo so I don’t have to use a lot.
1 bag of angel-hair shredded cabbage
1 medium cucumber, grated
1/4 cup onion, grated
1/2 pint cherry tomatoes, quartered
2 scallions, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon dill weed (1/2 tablespoon fresh)
1/2 cup-ish mayo
2 tablespoons milk
Kosher salt and cracked pepper
Empty the bag of slaw in a large bowl, Add the grated cucumber, grated onion, tomatoes and scallions. In a small bowl add the mayo, milk, dill, salt and pepper (use a little more salt than you think), mix to combine. Pour the mayo mixture over the slaw and mix. Taste for salt and pepper.
Now it may look a little dry now, but it give it a few minutes in the fridge. The salt needs time to draw the liquid out of the veggies.
Top Off the Meal
Since your planning this great meal, plan on making this great dessert. Josh has deemed it The Best Dessert Ever and I have to agree. It’s cool, light and different from the disappointing homemade ice cream I tend to create.
With a little proper planning you can have a great holiday worthy of our nation’s birthday. This could be the meal to remember…better that than the year that Ray lost a finger in a firework accident. 😉