Fireworks, barbecue, and music!
What else can make your Independence Day celebrations more glorious than this trio? Since 4th of July is one of the most awaited holidays of the year, celebrating the day to its fullest is a must. With a week-long preparation for celebrating the birthday of America, most of you might be longing for a perfect glass of chilled beer and barbecued chicken wings while witnessing one of the largest gatherings in the world. 4th of July Parade is famous for its uniqueness and festive nature. And, do you know what else they are famous for? It’s the overwhelming fireworks and foods.
July 4th fireworks are one among the most watched and live streamed events in the U.S. One of the most massive patriotic firework displays of the year can be observed right at the nation’s capital on this day. Since Independence Day 2018 falls on a Wednesday and most of the companies/ firms re-opens on the very next day, planning an evening dinner party at your residence to enjoy the patriotic vibes will be a wise choice other than hitting the roads for Washington, DC. Well, the next hurdle is, how you should prepare for hosting a 4th of July evening party?
When it’s a party which involves your peeps and family, make sure you give out your best right from canapé to desserts. With Independence Day right on top of your head, most of you might have busted up the internet by Googling patriotic food ideas. Well, here are some of the easiest 4th of July food recipes you must give a shot…
Fourth of July Deviled Eggs (Appetizer)
The appetizer decides the main course!
The appetizer you serve will play the pivotal role in making every party you host a successful one. And this patriotic deviled egg will never let your hopes run dry. Since Fourth of July is right around the corner and everything red, white and blue is starting to show up, it is time to bring the essence of this day right to your dining table. These deviled eggs have red, white, blue and everything you need for a patriotic day appetizer.
What You Need:
- 9 Eggs
- Dijon Mustard
- Pickle Juice
- Salt & Pepper
- Olive Oil
- Red and Blue Food Coloring
How to Make:
- Wash the eggs and boil them in salted water for about 20-30 minutes.
- Drain the eggs when finished and place them gently in a bowl of ice water to soak until cooled off.
- Peel off the shells and set the eggs aside.
- Take a large bowl and fill it with water. Add a few drops of red food color.
- Now add three eggs to the bowl. Make sure the eggs are covered for an even dye. Leave the eggs in the bowl to about 20-30 minutes.
- Repeat Step 5 with the blue food color.
- Take out the eggs from the dyed water with a plastic spoon and let them dry on paper towels.
- Once the eggs are dry cut them in half (lengthwise). Be careful as the dye on eggs can get quite messy.
- Separate the yolk and albumen.
- Mince up the egg yolk. You can use a blender or a manual food chopper to make this easier.
- Add mayonnaise in little amounts while blending the yolks thoroughly to get a creamy texture.
- Add a teaspoon of Dijon Mustard and a tinch of olive oil to the mixture.
- Keep blending until all the larger chunks are crushed. You can add food color of your choice to this mixture too.
- To finish up add a bit of pickle juice to bring in the tangy flavor.
- Fill your cake decorator (star tipped is preferred) with the yolk mixture.
- Place the colored egg albumen on a white egg platter and squeeze the yolk mixture on the albumen to create the most interesting deviled eggs ever.
Serve right away or place in refrigerator until ready to serve. Let the eggs indulge in the joy of Independence!
Fourth of July Barbecue Grilled Chicken
Barbecuing is as American as it can get for any occasion. Well, the history of American barbecue itself is diverse as the variations themselves. Taking out the grill and setting it up in the backyard for a family get-together or a holiday garden party can be one of the best feelings every American has ever experienced. Even Fourth of July tends to follow the same custom too. Fireworks, barbecue, and music. When it comes to 4th of July barbecue recipes, finding the easiest and tastiest one is always mandatory. A barbecued, grilled chicken can be the best pick for a dish which can entice your taste buds without missing all the party fun.
What You Need:
- 2 Cup BBQ Sauce
- 2 Tablespoon Honey
- ½ Cup of Lemon Juice
- 1 Tablespoon Hot Sauce
- 1 lb. boneless chicken breasts and drumsticks
- 1 Cup olive oil
- Kosher Salt
- Freshly Ground Black Pepper
- Rosemary and Thyme
How to Make:
- Take a large dry bowl.
- Add BBQ sauce, honey, lime juice, hot sauce and a bit of lemon zest.
- Add few spikes of rosemary and thyme.
- Whisk the whole mixture together and reserve ½ cup for serving.
- Set the chicken on a wooden cutting board.
- Use a meat masher to mash the chicken thin.
- Make sure not to mash the meat too hard as chicken has tender white meat and can break apart easily.
- Once done, toss them up in a bowl with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
- Let it rest for 15-20 minutes.
Setting the Grill:
- Set the grill to high 15 minutes prior to cooking.
- Use a good quality oil baster brush to oil the grates of the grill with extra-virgin olive oil.
- Add the seasoned chicken to the grate and baste with marinade.
- Grill the chicken until charred, 8 minutes per side for the breasts and 10-12 minutes per side for the drumsticks.
Serve hot with a chilled beer!
Fourth of July Cocktail (Blueberry & Strawberry Mojito)
An exotic drink with a full-fledged meal might hold the key to the decider of the satisfactory meter. Well, with our cocktail pick for Fourth of July we are pretty much sure that you’ll need to prepare multiple pitchers for your guests. A fresh natural sweet drink is exactly what you need after a “meatastic” main dish!
What You Need:
- 3 Tablespoon fresh blueberries
- 2 Fresh Strawberries
- 10-15 Mint leaves
- 1 Tablespoon of fresh lime juice and ½ of a medium lemon
- 1 Teaspoon powdered sugar
- 1 ½ Ounces of white rum
- Club Soda
How to Make:
- Put the blueberries and strawberries in a tall Julsika Berry and Thread transparent pitcher along with mint leaves, lime juice, and sugar.
- Use a wooden muddler to muddle the ingredients together until the sugar dissolves and the berries are broken down.
- Slowly add white rum to the mix and stir to combine.
- Fill the glasses with ice cubes and pour the mixture till the middle of the glass.
- Top it with club soda and garnish the drink with the berries and mint leaves.
With their red, white and blue hues, a blueberry & strawberry mojito is can be the perfect drink served on 4th of July.