Last-Minute July 4th Recipes

July 2, 2017 | OCLS Staff
July 4 Recipes

So either you forgot the holiday was this coming up on Tuesday or the work-week made it impossible to plan ahead. No matter what the reason, we have you covered!


Refreshing Beverages

Sparking Red, White and Blue Sangria

Sparking Red, White and Blue Sangria from Gimme Some Oven


-1 bottle dry white wine

-2 cups (1 pint) fresh blueberries

-1 cup fresh raspberries

-1 cup apple juice (or white grape juice)

-1 pound fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced

-1 bottle champagne (or any variety of sparkling white wine)

-3-4 Granny Smith apples (*or see alternatives)



Patriotic Fruit-Infused Water

Star Spangled Fruit Infused Water from the view from great island


-1 small seedless watermelon

-1 pint blueberries

-1 pint strawberries


Patriotic Drinks

Patriotic Red, White and Blue Layered Drink from Simplee Thrifty


-3 oz Sobe Piña Colada or Sprite Zero (or diet clear beverage such as 7up)

-3 oz Blue Gatorade G2

-3 oz Cran-Apple Juice

-Ice Cubes


Fruity Desserts


Chocolate Dipped Banana Splits

Chocolate Dipped Banana Splits from i heart naptime



-Blue Wilton candy melts

-Red, white and blue sprinkles

-Whipped cream topping



Mini Cheesecake Parfaits

Mini Cheesecake Parfaits with Fresh Berries from Spoon University


-1 package of Philadelphia cream cheese, softened

-¼ cup sugar

-1 tablespoon milk

-1 tablespoon lemon juice

-¾ cup Cool Whip Lite topping

-8 shortbread cookies, crushed

-2 cups sliced strawberries

-½ cup blueberries


American Flag Fruit Sticks

American Flag Fruit Sticks from Spoon University


-3 bananas

-1 pint of strawberries

-1 pint of blueberries

-8 skewers


American Flag Fruit Cookie Dessert Pizza

American Flag Fruit Cookie Dessert Pizza from Boulder Locavore


-1 box favorite Sugar Cookie mix

-2 teaspoons Lemon Zest

-1 8 oz package of Cream Cheese, softened

-1 10 oz container Whipped Topping

-½ teaspoon Vanilla Extract

-¼ cup Confectioner’s Sugar




Savory Side Dishes & Appetizers


Balsamic Garlic Grilled Mushroom Skewers

Balsamic Garlic Grilled Mushroom Skewers from Closet Cooking


-2 pounds mushrooms, sliced ¼ inch thick

-2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

-1 tablespoon soy sauce (or tamari)

-3 cloves garlic, chopped

-½ teaspoon thyme, chopped

-salt and pepper to taste


Spiced Sweet Potato and Bacon Skewers

Spiced Sweet Potato and Bacon Skewers from Home Cooking Memories


-2 pounds sweet potatoes peeled and cut into 1 ½" chunks

-1 ½ tablespoons olive oil

-1 pound sliced bacon

-¾ cup light brown sugar

-¼ cup granulated sugar

-½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

-½ teaspoon ground nutmeg

-¼ teaspoon cloves

-¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

-½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes


BBQ Pulled Pork Sheet Pan Nachos

BBQ Pulled Pork Sheet Pan Nachos from Garnish With Lemon


-Tortilla Chips

-BBQ Pulled Pork

-Shredded sharp cheddar and monterey jack cheeses

-Canned black beans, drained and rinsed

-Chopped fresh cilantro

-Thinly sliced radishes

-Diced avocado

-Pico de gallo

And don’t forget you can find other ideas on our Cuisine Corner board on Pinterest and by downloading an e-book on-demand via Overdrive.

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