Pay tribute to the red, white, and blue with All-American dishes you can mix and match for your Independence Day cookout.
Grilled Chicken Wings with Tamarind Chipotle Barbecue Sauce
Tangy, fruity tamarind, popular in Latino and Asian cuisines, is the secret ingredient in our favorite new barbecue sauce for chicken wings.
Ginger Rosemary Smoked Pork Ribs
These maple-glazed ribs with a subtle touch of ginger are a mainstay at Odys + Penelope restaurant in Los Angeles. At home, chef-owner Quinn Hatfield smokes them using either a Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker or a Pit Barrel Cooker. For versions of the recipe to cook on regular grills instead of smokers, go to Ginger Rosemary Smoked Pork Ribs on a Gas Grill, and Ginger Rosemary Smoked Pork Ribs on a Charcoal Grill.
Mixed Berry Cream Pie with Double Chocolate Crust
Brushing red currant jelly onto the berries makes them shine, like those fruit tarts you see in bakeries. If you can't find red currant jelly, use strawberry jelly (don't subsitute jam or preserves).
Strawberry and Watermelon Punch with Lime and Tarragon
You can buy strawberry puree or make it yourself, simply blend 16 ounces thawed frozen strawberries in a food processor and strain.
Grilled Buttermilk Chicken
This creamy buttermilk mixture makes a great marinade for grilled chicken.
Grilled and Dilled Corn on the CobThis creamy, savory topping perfectly compliments sweet corn on the cob.
Tomato Salad with Herbed Ricotta and Balsamic Vinaigrette
Sliced heirloom tomatoes are wow-worthy on their own--a simple vinaigrette and dollops of basil-flecked ricotta take them over the top. Serve with toasted baguette slices to sop up any tomato juices.
If you serve our étouffée and have leftovers, slather it on top of grilled 'dogs.
Ultimate BBQ Chicken
This chicken is wonderfully moist, with a smoky sauce that will have you firing up the grill year-round.
New Potatoes with Shaved Celery, Buttermilk, and Dill
Crisp potatoes and a mild creamy dressing help keep this chunky potato salad from being anything but boring. Chill at least 1 hour before serving.
The Southern Dog
Pimento cheese on a hot dog is nothing short of genius. Allowing pickled jalapeños to sit in sugar overnight tames the peppers' heat, while intensifying their sweetness. This spiciness is the perfect contrast to the rich pimento cheese.
Rum Baked Beans
The secret to this tender baked bean medley? Rum. Make it ahead of time by preparing steps 1 and 2. Cover with foil and refrigerate up to 2 days until ready to bake.
The Texas Dog
If you like texture, you'll love this crumbled corn chip topping. If you can't find queso fresco, substitute feta cheese.
Chicago Char Dog with Fresh Cucumber RelishClassic Chicago dogs are served in poppy seed buns. If you can't find them, lightly brush buns with egg white and sprinkle with poppy seeds; toast in the oven at 350° for 2 to 3 minutes.
This corn bread skillet incorporates fresh corn kernels, as well as corn meal for an easy, go-to side dish. Because corn loves cornbread and so do we.
Crispy Potato ChipsSlice the potatoes as thin as possible to get that great crispy crunch.
Raspberry LemonadePour a tall glass of fresh-squeezed lemonade infused with sweet raspberries. Garnish the rim with red, white, and blue sugar for a patriotic finish. To make colored sugar, mix one drop of food coloring with 1/2 cup of sugar in a zip-top bag and shake.
Recipe: Raspberry Lemonade
Frogmore StewA Low Country summer entertaining classic, Frogmore stew combines sausage, shrimp, red potatoes, corn, and seasonings, yielding a feast that's perfect for a crowd.
Recipe: Frogmore Stew
Red, White, and Blue PopsKeep the layers distinct by fully freezing each one before adding the next.
Root Beer Baked BeansSweet, smoky, and savory, this delicious baked bean dish is sure to be a hit for Independence Day. Root beer adds a fun twist, making this dish one of a kind.
Recipe: Root Beer Baked Beans
America the Beautiful BurgersThese great and classic burgers are perfect for your next cookout.
Big Top Watermelon SaladNothing says summer like juicy watermelon. For a unique take on this Fourth of July staple, cube watermelon and toss with feta, onions, pine nuts, and fresh herbs.
Recipe: Big Top Watermelon Salad
Grilled Salt-and-Pepper Chicken WingsBroiler option: Broil on a foil-lined jelly-roll pan 8 inches from heat 20 minutes or until done, turning halfway through.
Grilled Chicken With White Barbecue SaucePut a spin on barbecue chicken with spicy white sauce, a combination of mayonnaise and vinegar. The sauce is finger-licking good and ready in only 10 minutes.
Sweet-Hot Baby Back RibsGet out the paper towels for this backyard favorite. Combining Asian flavors–sweet chili and ginger with spicy red pepper flakes–creates the Sweet-Hot 'Cue Sauce. Take a bite of these ribs, and you'll whisper "wow" in total respect for the amazing taste.
Recipe: Sweet-Hot Baby Back Ribs
Red, White, and Blue CupcakesThis is a real dandy. It would be a great addition to your July 4th celebration spread. The amusing effect of the swirled frosting can be duplicated using any colors for any occasion. It makes a fun Christmas cupcake using red and green or a pretty spring cupcake using pink and green.
Sweet Tea LemonadeThis summer refresher combines the best of both worlds: sweet iced tea and tart lemonade.
Peach-Cinnamon Ice CreamThe iconic summer treat, a big scoop of cool ice cream filled with peaches and spiced with cinnamon. Garnish with fresh peaches and enjoy the perfect ending to any Fourth of July festivity.
Recipe: Peach-Cinnamon Ice Cream
Jell-O StarsThese fun Jell-O shapes are a hit with the kids, and great for celebrating the Fourth of July.
Sweet Heat Hot DogsTake hot dog toppings beyond traditional sauerkraut and mustard by dressing with sweet-hot pickles, shredded red cabbage and a creamy topping made of mayo, whole grain mustard, and hot chili sauce.
Warmed Berries with Honey and Fresh Cheese
You may adapt this dessert to your taste by adjusting the blend of berries, the amount of honey, or even the amount of cheese. The idea is luxury in the amount of berries. Fromage blanc is wonderfully subtle; you can sub Greek yogurt, which is tangier.